How many types of this scams you know.

@adihindu (1922)
India
October 11, 2008 11:45am CST
Recently I got a mail from alertpay that I got $5000 in my account from a fellow user. And it needs me to aprrove. I was with a little anxiety, opened the link that they provided. And I checked a red line that shows "Warning: This mail may not belongs to the one that it claims" a little warning from Gmail. When I checked the same in the link that I clicked it was alertpay only. Then I rechecked in address bar. Now it was www.aiertpay.com. I was confused. They used a font that makes letter "l" and letter "I" looks like same. So every where it was only alertpay except in address bar. My intention is to give some information on scam sites to my fellow myLotters. So Please share the scams like this which makes something abnormal. Note: If you opened that www.aIertpay.com from firefox, It says that site was blocked, but it opens as normal in other browsers. Thats why I love firefox.
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14 responses
@smiley83 (1535)
• Malaysia
12 Oct 08
well, yeah i do receive such stuff quite a lot...the same thing goes to my relative members, friends, and lots of people whom i know... recently in news papers, a chines girl happened to receive such amount of dollars in a message sent by such fellows. so, they asked for her car number to bank in the winning money.. so, the poor chines girl messaged them all the necessary info hoping to check the status of her account on the following day... unfortunately, when she did, she found that, the fellows have stolen her own money which was about 10,000 RM so, don't give your personal info to anyone...as they might surely use it for illegal stuff sometimes...such action is called "identity theft" be careful... Smiley,
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@adihindu (1922)
• India
12 Oct 08
Thnaks For sharing your knowledge. We have to be care when we are dealing with banking.
@santuccie (3380)
• United States
11 Oct 08
Thank you for bringing this to the myLot community's attention. There are a lot of phishing sites out there. Firefox happens to be my default browser as well, but I also use IE for the sites which do not support any other browser. For those who use IE, SiteAdvisor blocks this site as well: http://www.shareapic.net/content.php?id=11827963&owner=santuccie BTW, SiteAdvisor also supports Firefox.
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@adihindu (1922)
• India
11 Oct 08
Why do we need a site advisor when autophishing is a default feature that comes with Firefox version3. I don't think Mccafe will works best when it comes to antiphishing, as it don't had that much reputation. Better to see ourself to to address bar, and there is no solution for it. We have to take care about what site that we are looking.
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@santuccie (3380)
• United States
11 Oct 08
Correction: LogMeIn used to support ActiveX only (which only IE has), but they now have a plugin for Firefox as well.
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@santuccie (3380)
• United States
11 Oct 08
One more thing: I noticed that you had something to say about McAfee. I should let you know that every vendor has its enemies, but McAfee is in fact the maker of the very first antivirus, and the only security vendor with ICSA certification in all three components of traditional endpoint security (Antivirus, Antispyware, PC Firewall). No one else has all three. Also, since November, 2006, McAfee added to all their consumer security products a feature that had been previously reserved for their enterprise product line, called ScriptScan. This is the pioneer of the upcoming "anti-drive-by-download" standard, which blocks malicious/compromised Web pages from surreptitiously installing parasites on visitors' computers independently of signatures and even heuristics. Another product which can block drive-by downloads is the free Haute Secure, though it only works with IE and Firefox. McAfee sits between Windows Script Host and all Internet-facing applications, and remains one of the most effective products at fully removing the parasites it finds post-mortem. Norton does a good job as well, but does not have an equivalent to ScriptScan yet.
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• India
12 Oct 08
wow.. so you made a superb Hi-tech virus or spyware adventure. Congratulations that you won.. and as yousaid, firefox is great really. no doubt that, if you are using internet explorer that time, your system will be completely affected with virus and spywares. firefox is much safe browser than internet explorer. if possible forward that mail to me at raghul77ster at gmail dot com.
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@maroseqf (3657)
• Philippines
11 Oct 08
That's scary. i haven't encountered such a site. thanks for the information. i just hope that it would not cause more harm than confusion to many.
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@adihindu (1922)
• India
11 Oct 08
When they first launched their scams, Some persons will lost some money to their scam activity. If it was not identified by Us, they will theft your login details and makes payment towards their account. So please be sure when you are dealing with e-banking.
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@yuna15 (2707)
• Philippines
11 Oct 08
Thank you for posting this. It makes us aware of things like this. I just checked the link and as you said it doesn't work on Firefox. Another browser you can use for security (if you're concerned about spywares) is Opera.
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@adihindu (1922)
• India
11 Oct 08
I think Opera is little different from other browsers. I tried opera once and found it was little bit hard to manage this. Ofcourse no browser completely identifies all the threats. Apart from I am using Internet Security Software.
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• Malaysia
12 Oct 08
That type of thing scares us. If we even encounter such thing, we'll be sure that it's a scam. And it's all thanks to you!
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@klaudine (3651)
• Indonesia
11 Oct 08
Wow. That was close, adihindu. I mean, it is great that you are really careful with what you see, some people would just too excited to get $5000 in the balance so that they become careless. But you still use the logic and see things clearly and able to caught the scam page you were brought into. That's good. Thank you so much for your information, I really grateful to know this informative post from you. Better be more careful next time. Good luck for us
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@amoisan (240)
• Canada
11 Oct 08
theres allways someone out there trying to steal good peoples money so they never have to work a day in there life its sad.
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• Malaysia
12 Oct 08
i got that one too but from moneybookers. and it turns out that the address is actually moneyboolkers. and i tried checking out the link (out of curiosity) turns out that it is forwarded to the real moneybookers site. but of course inside a frame. so whatever you're doing to the account will be captured by the frame (especially the password and id)
@adihindu (1922)
• India
12 Oct 08
Happy to have information from you. A similar mail and site regards paypal. www.paypai.com instead of www.paypal.com.
• Malaysia
12 Oct 08
they no longer ask for id and password by pretending to be someone from the company, instead they use notification mail similar to the original and put the real site in the frame so unsuspecting users fell for it. if only people read the url carefully they can avoid being a victim in this sort of scam
@adihindu (1922)
• India
12 Oct 08
Paypal take care about all the scams those who use their name. When someone called their page into frames, immediately paypal redirects the page to original page with out any frames. When it comes to e-gold, it will blocks those pings with sub frames. Sites like alertpay are not bothering about these scams. I think it is better if they change their code to get rid of these things.
@vsraovsr (734)
• India
12 Oct 08
Thank you for posting about scam site. Most of these mails are originating form Nigeria and claiming that there are millions of ruppes atruck and to get that money they need assitance and if any one falls pray in to them they loose thousand of dollars from their savings account because these people ask for bank account details to send money once you reveal ur bank account details they are stealing money. I read many news articles where people transfer money to them expecting in return that they get their share finally lost everything to the scamsters.
@adihindu (1922)
• India
12 Oct 08
I got some of these mails. They said that some one had deposited with a large amount and without a nominee. After the maturity of the bond, they found that the person who deposited is die and there is no other person who can claim the amount. As they had the details about this, they request me to claim this amount under their supervision. After solong mails, they asked me to give some bank details for the deposit, and also they need some money as I was not there and I need someone to be attorney. All these are fake mails. If we send some money as we need to paid for attorney, they will never give a reply to our mails and phone calls. So be careful with these mails too.
• Malaysia
12 Oct 08
my friend almost fell for the nigerian scam. he replied the mail and had everything set up and was about to deposit the money when he told me and another friend about it. we both laughed and said he's stupid for falling for the scam that has been around for years sounds mean huh? then again we didn't feel sorry for that friend of ours. he was always the money-minded one, trying all sort of stuff to earn money. and suddenly he became so stupid he almost lost quite a large amount of money. i think greed got him but luckily we managed to kick him back to reality
@adihindu (1922)
• India
12 Oct 08
You are great. You made your friend to make out all these scam. If not he will again loose some money. Happy to have a friend like you. Happy mylotting.
• India
11 Oct 08
Its really bad when someone got our personal information and logins. I faced the same problem back in a year but was ended by changing my email id. When we are making logins from the computer that was not us, we have to take care about clearing cache. I will always do that when I login from my company computer. Thank you for sharing a such information and a good discussion. And whenever we are login to our personal net banking, we are only the responsible for everything and not others. We have to make sure by checking exactness of the addressbar. None of the status bar message or using some anti phishing softwares may help you but not completely.
@adihindu (1922)
• India
11 Oct 08
That I forgot to say, you must clear your browser after all work completed. Some may catch you by using the catche. Be sure that you had erased all the passwords, account names and web pages that you have been visited. I must pay my thanks to Fancymover for sharing this to us. I must agree with you.
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• India
12 Oct 08
Thankyou for agree. We have to manually check whether the address in the address bar is correct or not. If we receive a some thing odd mail, we have to have more care about those mails. None of the software won't help you from scams. All the best.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
12 Oct 08
I have a motto for emails like that: If it's too good to be true, it probably is. There are so many scams and corrupt emails floating around, it's gotten to the point where I don't open anything unless I know the sender. It's getting harder, since so many look like they are from legitimate sources. I have a teenager at home, who used to get exited with these emails, believing them to be true. We've had to spend quite a bit of money to remove viruses and spywear because of this. She has learned to be more careful, as we had her pay for the last repair bill. We use AVG, which is a free download at download.com. It's done a wonderful job at keeping our computer clean.
@adihindu (1922)
• India
12 Oct 08
If we haven't check some mails from unknown senders, we will miss something. I found some mails were useful to me, even from a unknown sender. And sometimes, we can't remember all the mail address of our friends. It is good to keep computer clean and you are doing a great job. As for to me, I was very lazy about these things. When any thing happens bad, I will backup my PC from DVD with in a minutes.
@suruchi86 (1873)
• India
25 Apr 09
I also get this kind of mails on almost daily basis. Some say that my Paypal or egold or libertyreserve or alertpay or other such account has been blocked due to security reasons, please reactivate it. Some work in the way, you have mentioned. Some say, my email address has been selected for some obscene amount of lottery prize or even some say that I've been selected for a great job in a good company, only thing I've to do is to pay certain fee for overheads. So, I think, Internet has really become a wild jungle and one has to keep constant watch around for survival.
@sanzi1201 (644)
• China
14 Oct 08
Yes,this kind of scams are often occur today.So,about money ,we should be careful and don't believe it easily.