Nigerian Scam ? No, COVID-19 scam, from China

I sometimes can’t stop to ask myself if the scammers are actually human beings with feelings of loss and tragedy and if they have the same concerns as the normal citizens. I guess they are not, because otherwise you can’t explain this:   Hello friend, I intend to give out some portion of my wealth as a free-will Financial donation to you for the ongoing COVID-19 that was cause by China because am a good citizen of china. Respond to partake. Regards Wang Jianlin CEO: Wanda Group And they even write the name of the virus wrong in the subject : CONVID instead of COVID The email contains also some tracking pixel in the HTML content, pointing to

I received the first “nigerian scam” on XING

As a premiere, I received the first Nigerian Scam on XING. It is quite common to receive such requests on LinkedIn, but for me it is the first time on XING. This is the text: Hello Sorin Mustaca, I have partners who I front for to assist source for a foreign partner who could be of help to receive fund for the purpose of various viable investment abroad on their behalf, they are all still in service and want anonymity to protect their reputation in service.I will furnish you with their mode of operations after receiving your readiness. Regards, Dr. John Zaffar   And the profile of the spammer, pretty fresh (24h), with only 3 contacts. One of these was me: I erased him as a contact and reported the profile to XING.     For reference,

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Nigerian scams are modernizing

I sometimes laugh of these scammers, but sometimes I am quit amazed of their capability to adapt to the spam filters. My Google account caught this spam: In text, this is : Good Day, I am Mr. Ming Yang,Director of operations of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd,Sai Wan Ho Branch,Hong Kong.I am here-by seeking your service in helping me receive a large amount of money and in giving a clear research and feasibility studies on areas I could invest on.Your services will be paid for,and you will be a partner,if your recommendation is accepted. For security purpose,due to telecoms interception in Hong Kong,I shall not accept or acknowledge any phone call.Only emails would be treated in relation to this proposal but not without this code;[CODE NO:AM-001].My Kind Regards What’s wrong here ? There is no amount of millions of dollars/Yen/EUR or something else. There is no story whatsoever No conditions They even require that you don’t contact them by phone Cool, but not good enough to escape the spam filters.

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Nigerian scam with MS Word Document attached

There is a new type of Nigerian scam (aka 419 scam) where the body of the email looks like the one in the screen shot below and the real content is in the attached MS Word document. Here is the content of the Word document: Why this ? Because it is very hard to detect it using known words used by the classic nigerian scams.

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German SMS spam or phishing or Nigerian scam ?

I am trying to sell my car and I posted it on 90% of the telephone calls I received were from handlers, all of them not germans. About half were turks and the rest maybe russians and chechs/slovacs. However, I received also 2 emails and two SMS messages. The emails were in English and they were as follows: Email 1: Hello Dear Sir/Madam! I intresting to buy Your car Audi A4. My price is 2500EUR and I taket right now. Name: Mindaugas E-Mail: Telefon: +37061765476 Email 2: Hello, Kindly quickly get back to me with the last price, if is still for sale.. Best regards. Paul Name: Paul E-Mail: Telefon: nill I replied to both emails and I received a reply from the second email: Thanks for your mail,i do want you to know that am ok with the price but am from U.K and the payment will be by cheque ONLY,as i have a contact in europe who will make payment to you on my behalf by cheque drawn from europe bank so if you are ok with this,get back to me asap with your details needed for the addression of the cheque such as…

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