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From: Quahog7/3/2009 11:35:19 AM
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From: "Pavel Bagrov" <[spoofed victim's email]>
To: [Hiro Protagonist]
Date: Friday - July 3, 2009 2:56 AM
Subject: Job Offer
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Are you not arranged by your low pay-envelope? To get up every day early
in the morning and to set forth for an office already there are not
forces? Does the permanent shortage of money keep on trot? There is not
present minutes, on the rest?

Then you are indeed necessary something to change. We offer an unique
commercial proposal.We assist you you to heave up the social status In
the minimum terms and we will give you unique opportunity. For this
point you are needed quite a bit! Namely:

a) Minimum knowledges of PC or Laptop ;
b) You must be not younger 18 ;
c) Ability to use web resources and it is correct to express the ideas;
d) To have a 3-4 o'clock of spare time in a day.

I am the manager of largest company .We are engaged in software
development. And in connection with the increase of geographical
interests of company the need of increase of the state of employees
appeared. To date we need additional shots which will present our firm
in different regions and different countries.

We will give you all necessary terms. We will make a flexible chart by
which you will always have spare time. Deservingly we will pay your
labour and we will give the real possibility of quarry growth. And you
will be able to obtain all of it in the earliest possible time.

You consider that you befit us, then send your resumes and contact
information to e-mail :

Our workers will give you all necessary information and all will explain
in shallow details. We are looking for your suggestions!

With kind regards
Skilled manager
Pavel Bagrov

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From: scion9/21/2009 4:09:40 PM
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I am Dr.Bradley Archie Purchasing Manager to Medivet Veterinary Group Co Ltd, UK.

Dear sir,

I am writting this letter out of a genuine desperation to find a reliable partner in an unfolding transaction.I seek your help and genuine co-operation to our mutual benefit and I believe that you will not let down the trust and confidence I am about to repose on you.I am Dr.Bradley Archie Purchasing Manager to Medivet Veterinary Group Co Ltd, UK. I used to represent my company to several Asian countries to purchase a product called Adequan i.m injection r/x equine,this is a vaccine use for the treatment of animals.Now, I had a car accident and I can not go for this trip because of my present condition this is why i am contacting you.

I will introduce you to my company's General Manager as the main supplier of the vaccine. Per packet of the vaccine cost $7,500 in UNITED STATE, but in Asia Malaysia where I have been purchasing, it only cost $2,600 per packet and you will supply to my company at the rate of $6,500.Per packet.

Note, do not disclose the actual cost of the vaccine i.e. $2,600 to my company GM as this will affect our profit. My company's directors don't know the seller of this product and the seller doesn't know my company directors, I 'll introduce you as the main supplier. My company normally purchase 20, 30-150 cartons in each trip I make depending on the product we have left in the company. The distributor of this product is a Malaysian,you will purchase the product from the Malaysian dealer and supply to my company, my company will now pay you cash on delivery.

Let the above mentioned be in mutual beneficiary for us and an opportunity to embark in future engagements. If you wish to take up this offer,kindly mail me and I will reply you with all the contact details and that of my MG whom you will contact and send you quotation. I also will give you the price to quote.

If you have any question,feel free to ask.

Best Regards,
Dr.Bradley Archie

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From: scion9/21/2009 7:05:13 PM
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Hello Sir/Madam,

My name is Larry Brown Esq. Financial Consultant/Attorney based in London. I write to you based on a request by an investor and his need for investment/funds transfer. My company most times represents the interests of very wealthy Investors/Individuals due to the sensitivity of the position they hold in the society and the unstable investment environment of their country, they evacuate majority of their funds into more stable economies and developed nations where they can get good yield for their money.

I was recently approached by a Reserved Client of mine, whom I had personally worked with a few years ago when he was a Finance Minister and wants me to source for a reliable and trustworthy individual such as yourself, who will be willing to receive money on his behalf abroad, and at the same time advise on what form of investment that will be embarked with the funds when perfectly received.

The client has offered these terms:

1. 25% commission paid to you upon receipt of the funds through the original sum to be transferred. The funds in question are $125.3Million US Dollars.

2. Your details will be used to have the funds evacuated and you will stand as the principle owner of the funds and will deal directly with the Finance Company without the involvement of the Investor.

If these terms are agreeable to you, kindly write to my private email: and I will provide you with all necessary information and procedures involved.

Sincerely yours,

Larry Brown ESQ (President)
L. Brown & Associates Limited.

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From: Quahog10/15/2009 2:13:39 PM
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My name is Sgt.Dave Cole, I am an American soldier with Swiss background, serving in the military with the army's 3rd infantry division. With a very desperate need for assistance, I have summoned up courage to contact you. I found your contact particulars in an address journal. I am seeking your kind assistance to move the sum of ( $ 25 million u.s. dollars ) Twenty Five million united states dollars to you, as far as I can be assured that my share will be safe in your care until I complete my service here, this is no stolen money, and there are no danger involved.

Source of money: Some money in various currencies was discovered in barrels at a farmhouse near one of Saddam\'s old palaces in Tikrit-Iraq during a rescue operation, and it was agreed by staff Sgt Kenneth buff and I that some part of this money be shared among both of us before informing anybody about it since both of us saw the money first. This was quite an illegal thing to do, but I tell you what? No compensation can make up for the risk we have taken with our lives in this hell hole. Of which my brother in-law was killed by a road side bomb last week.

You will find the story of this money on the web address below;

The above figure was given to me as my share, and to conceal this kind of money became a problem for me, so with the help of a British contact working here and his office enjoy some immunity, I was able to get the package out to a safe location entirely out of trouble spot. He does not know the real contents of the package, and believes that it belongs to a brithish/american medical doctor who died in a raid here in Iraq, and before giving up, trusted me to hand over the package to his family in united states.

I have now found a much secured way of getting the package out of Iraq to your country for you to pick up, and I will discuss this with you when I am sure that you are willing to assist me. I want you to tell me how much you will take from this money for the assistance you will give to me.

One passionate appeal I will make to you is not to discuss this matter with anybody, should you have reasons to reject this offer, please and please destroy this message as any leakage of this information will be too bad for us soldier's here in Iraq.

I do not know how long we will remain here, and i have been shot, wounded and survived two suicide bomb attacks by the special grace of God, this and other reasons i will mention later has prompted me to reach out for help, i honestly want this matter to be resolved immediately, please contact me as soon as possible my only way of communication is email.Indicate your interest in assisting me as well as Providing the following information to facilitate the smooth conclusion of the Transaction.

1) Your Full Name: ----------------------------------
2} Your address:---------------------------------------------
3) Your Telephone Number: ---------------------------
4} Your Fax Number:----------------------------------------
5) Your Mobile Number: ------------------------------
6) The closest airport to your city of Residence ---------------------
7) Your id card or passport copy.

I look forward hearing from you immediately as am still in iraq for peace keeping mission.
God bless you and family.

Sgt.Dave Cole.

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From: S. maltophilia3/22/2012 4:56:46 AM
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To: S. maltophilia who wrote (116)3/22/2012 10:15:33 AM
From: Jeffrey S. Mitchell
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Any time someone purposefully overpays and asks you to rebate the difference, especially via Western Union, you know it's a scam. In the case you cited, it was a fake email PayPal receipt the money had been transferred into the seller's account. Worse is when the scammers actually send you a legitimate looking check that you (stupidly) cash. The check appears to clear, you send money, and not only a week later do you find the check was fake, but now you yourself are the one who committed a crime! I had someone try to pull this on me when I advertised a house for rent on Yale's housing web site. It was actually a blast pretending I believed them and making them jump through hoops. Scammers know no bounds.

- Jeff

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From: S. maltophilia6/21/2012 2:47:22 PM
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Are Nigerian scammers crazy e-mails actually very clever? An analysis from Microsoft Research suggests that Nigerian scammers need to sound as ridiculous as possible, so that only the most gullible will reply to them.......

The Microsoft research paper:

Why do Nigerian Scammers Say They are from Nigeria?
Cormac Herley
Microsoft Research
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA, USA
False positives cause many promising detection technologies
to be unworkable in practice. Attackers, we
show, face this problem too. In deciding who to attack
true positives are targets successfully attacked, while
false positives are those that are attacked but yield
This allows us to view the attacker’s problem as a
binary classification. The most profitable strategy requires
accurately distinguishing viable from non-viable
users, and balancing the relative costs of true and false
positives. We show that as victim density decreases the
fraction of viable users than can be profitably attacked
drops dramatically. For example, a 10× reduction in
density can produce a 1000× reduction in the number......

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To: S. maltophilia who wrote (118)6/21/2012 7:28:43 PM
From: Jeffrey S. Mitchell
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I boil everything down to common sense, including lengthy scientific research papers. For example, take a guy working his way through a large crowd proclaiming to be the messiah/Jesus reincarnated/the son of God/etc. Contrast that with another guy proclaiming he can save you 15% on your car insurance in just 15 minutes. Who do you think has his work cut out for him? While the latter sales guy is going to engage a lot more people, he's going to have to spend quite a bit of time with each one to make a sale. Conversely, either you are going to take it on faith the other guy is who he says he is, or more likely chuckle and walk on by.

Compounding the problem is that we are somehow fascinated by things that seem too good to be true vs. things that are more than likely true. For example, we are more likely to visit the booth of someone proclaiming he can help us buy any home with no money down, or pay off our mortgage in just five years with the money we already earn. We want these to be true so we tend to make them true in our minds with the rationale, hey, you never know.

Yes, this aspect of human psychology, which encompasses people that get ripped off in stock scams often blaming themselves, is fascinating.

- Jeff

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From: S. maltophilia7/5/2014 1:06:44 AM
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From: Glenn Petersen7/22/2014 2:24:28 PM
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The New Nigerian Email Swindle

New York Times
July 22, 2014 11:02 am

Call it the Nigerian email swindle 2.0.

In the last three months, security researchers at Palo Alto Networks, the Silicon Valley-based security firm, have been tracking a series of cyberattacks affecting clients based in Taiwan and South Korea. The attacks, Palo Alto Networks said in a new report to be released on Tuesday, originate in Nigeria and are being orchestrated by some of the same people behind the Nigerian 419 swindle, in which fraud artists try to trick foreign victims into transferring money to their bank accounts.

The latest attacks, researchers say, are an example of how even unsophisticated actors can buy off-the-shelf hacking tools that allows them to spy on, and eventually steal from, victims without being detected by traditional antivirus products.

The researchers said they have been tracking this particular criminal operation, which they call Silver Spaniel, for months. The attacks begin, as so many do, with a malicious email attachment. (Ah, yes, dear reader, yet another example of the dangers of wanton clicking.) Once clicked, victims inadvertently download malicious tools onto their devices; one, NetWire, is capable of remotely taking over a Windows, Mac OS or Linux system, and another, DataScrambler, makes sure the NetWire program is undetectable by antivirus products.

Researcher said the attackers did not design the tools themselves, but got them from other hackers on underground hacking forums. DataScrambler can be leased for between $25 and $60, depending on how long criminals want to remain undetected as they record their victims’ keystrokes.

Palo Alto Networks said it had traced the attacks to criminals in Nigeria because many of them did not take steps to mask their I.P. addresses. In one case, the researchers said they had discovered a Nigerian who made repeated mentions of his use of the malware on his Facebook page, where his cover photo features a wad of $100 bills. The same person made comments about popular email frauds two years ago, the researchers said.

“In the past, the main target of Nigerian scammers has been wealthy, unsuspecting individuals, but the Silver Spaniel attacks thus far in 2014 indicate their target has shifted toward businesses,” Palo Alto Networks noted in its report.

Palo Alto Networks suggests a number of ways businesses can mitigate Silver Spaniel-style attacks: by blocking and inspecting attachments containing malicious files, for instance, and by blocking access to compromised servers that are noted in its report.

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