Thursday, February 14, 2013

Email Attack from Germany Targeting Yahoo Emails

Happy Valentine's Day to you again. Unfortunately, this time, we are bringing you bad news.

We have detected multiple scam email spamming.

email scam

The email comes with no subject and the content includes only an URL. All the URLs are of different domain names but all of them are from Germany with the country code of ".de" just like http://xxx.DE/xxx/xxx. (Singapore's country code is ".sg")

We believe once you click on the URL inside the email, your email account may be compromised as well. Then, the hacker or bot will automatically generate emails with similar URLs to mass send to the email addresses inside your address book or contact list.

We have no idea if your system will be affected. However, so far, all the affected emails are from Yahoo, including yahoo.com and yahoo.com.sg.

If you have received such email from your friend, please notify him/her immediately. The affected person should change the email account's password, notify all his/her friends inside the address book or contact list, then do a full system scan on the system using any anti-virus software.

We would like to remind everyone not to click on any URL from any random email even though the sender is your friend.

Happy Valentine's Day - Find Tagged Fake Profiles

Hey everyone! Happy Valentine's Day!

This entry is a little Valentine's Day present for you as we will be touching up on a simple way to discover some of the fake social network profiles. Of course, this is just a small portion of them.

For Tagged.com (or Facebook) users who have added many "chiobus" in your account, there is a very high possibility that many profiles in your friend list are fake. There are many types of scammers in Tagged.com and luckily, scammers who sign up for additional fake accounts are mainly for the sake of playing the Pets game to increase their Pet values. Apart from that, there are scammers who use fake accounts to spam for their services and websites, including for whatever "swingers' parties". Some fake profiles are more "deadly" since they are used to fool horny guys to show off their private parts in webcam before extorting the lost sheep, while a few are owned by oversized girls who is lack of attention from guys.

We have a Tagged.com account with quite a large number of "female" friends. If you own an account as well, you would know that Tagged.com would give notification if any of your friends' birthdays falls on the current day. Usually, we have ten to twenty friends who have the same birthday on each day but we have a surprise on Valentine's Day.

screenshot of tagged birthday on valentine's day

We actually have 41 friends who have the same birthday and it happens to fall on Valentine's Day, which is so amazing!

This is actually not something very coincident as parents do not specially pick this day to give birth - at least to say, they cannot control the exact birth date. According to our analysis of scammers, 14th February is a good birthday because it gives others a romantic feeling. More guys would send you a message with: "Hey! You're born on Valentine's Day and you must be a very romantic girl!" At least, there will be a much higher chance that they would have such fantasy.

Therefore, if you screen through your Tagged or Facebook account, you may find some suspicious friends. For our Tagged.com account, we have blocked around 10 of them who are obviously created for the Pets game. Tagged.com makes it difficult to remove friends as they do not have a link on individual profile page to do that and thus the easiest approach we can take is to block the scammer while he/she remains in our friends list. As for Facebook, the famous fake profile "Natalia Mmk" and another, "Ling Aiting", which we have yet to expose in this blog do have birthday falling on this romantic day as well.

Catching the fakers by birthday can be applied to those who are "born" on first day of the year as well. Many scammers are lazy to think of a date and thus, they would leave the birthday as 1st January. It is also safer to use this date in case the social network would challenge the user for birthday in order to recover the account in some cases.

However, do take note that there are certainly real people who are born on these days too. If you are in doubt, just initiate a chat with "her" and she will be exposed soon with her real motive if she is a fake account.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Happy Chinese New Year!

We wish all the best for everyone!

While you do house visiting, do advise the elderly on types of phone and door-to-door scams. Catching "Crime Watch" on the television is a good way to broaden their knowledge as well.

We would also like to apologise for the lack of updates here due our personal tight schedule.

We do have many scam stories to share with everyone but it really takes time to type in appropriate way. For helpful souls who have updated us with scam alert, we may not be able to publish them without evidence because we do not want to wrong any party. At times, we may have to edit the article to exclude names.

Meanwhile, let's do whatever we can for all our family members and friends.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Margaux Lee - Webcam Extortion Scam



Dear all, we have just being notified of another scam Facebook account by the name of "Margaux Lee". "She" is probably doing the same scam as "Jacky Lee". That means she is getting guys to go onto webcam for some "fun" and get them to show their private parts. After recording the indecent acts, she would start to extort the guys for money, threatening to upload the videos online.

We have found a suspicious account (https://www.facebook.com/margaux.lee.12) in Facebook but cannot confirm if it is the same account as mentioned. It seems that this user is a Pinoy "staying" in Singapore.

Please educate all your family members and friends about such scam. Our hearts are too fragile to see more people falling for similar plot.