Why does the FTC spammer have an email address at my domain?

This is a good one. The spam message was short and sweet:

From: Richard Kent email hidden; JavaScript is required

Subj: You’ve been subpoenaed by the FTC.

You’ve been subpoenaed by the FTC.

FTC Subpoena

Please get back to me about this.

Thank you
Richard Kent
Senior Accountant
email hidden; JavaScript is required

The words “FTC Subpoena” were hyperlinked to a server in Vietnam. Ha ha ha. I’m sure the Federal Trade Commission has document servers in the U.S., perhaps with a .gov top-level domain. If that wasn’t bad enough, however, why was the alleged senior accountant using an email address at camdenassociates.com, which is my own domain? My bet is that the spammers thought that Camden Associates is a huge company, and perhaps I’d think that Richard was one of my employees? Uh, no.

Don’t click on links in messages like this, and don’t reply either. Simply delete them, or mark as spam (to help train your email system).

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Spammers really want to give me a BMW, but aren’t sure of the year or model

bmw-530iMrs. Rachael Adams is back, and still wants to give me a fine Bavarian automobile. But is it a 7-series or a 5-series? Is it a 2015 or 2016 model? Doesn’t matter – it’s a scam. Just like the one a few weeks ago, also from Mrs. Adams, but at least that one was clearer about the vehicle. Hey, it’s the same reg code pin as last time, too. See “A free BMW 7-Series car – and a check for $1.5 million!

All these “you are a winner” lottery emails are scams. Don’t reply to them, simply delete them.

From: Mrs. Rachael Adams

Subject: BMW LOTTERY PROMOTIONS.

BMW LOTTERY DEPARTMENT
5070 WILSHIRE BLVD
LOS ANGELES. CA 90036
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, that is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider, we (BMW) urge you to treat it genuinely.

Dear Winner,

This is to inform you that you have been selected for a prize of a brand new 2015/2016 Model BMW 7 Series Car and a Check of $1,500,000.00 USD from the international balloting programs held on the 2nd section in the UNITED STATE OF AMERICA.

Description of prize vehicle;

Model: 530iA Color (exterior): Metallic Silver Mileage: 5 Transmission: Automatic 6 Speed

Options: Cold weather package, premium package, fold down rear seats w/ski bag, am fm stereo with single in dash compact disc player.

The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection system (ESS) from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world which you were selected.

The BMW Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact our fiduciary claims department for more information as regards procedures to the claim of your prize.

Name: Mr. David Mark
Email: [redacted]
Direct 24hours Security Line: [redacted] (Text Message Only)

Contact him by providing him with your Reg. pin code Number

255125HGDY03/23.

You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information as soon as possible:

  1. Name In Full :
  2. Residential Address :
  3. Nationality :
  4. Age :
  5. Sex
  6. Occupation :
  7. Direct Phone :
  8. Present Country :
  9. Email address :
  10. Reg pin code Number: 255125HGDY03/23

Please you are to provide him with the above listed details as soon as possible so he can begin with the processing of your prize winnings.

Congratulations from all our staffs and thank you for being part of our promotional program.

Mrs. Rachael Adams.

FROM THE DESK OF RACHAEL ADAMS,
THE DIRECTOR PROMOTIONS
BMW LOTTERY DEPARTMENT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Though this Medium: using of Internet has been greatly Abused, says scammer

ghanaSpam scam: Who needs stand-up comedians when laughs appears in my inbox each and every day? This is one of the most amusing in a while, mainly because I can’t parse most of it.

Don’t reply to messages like this. Delete them right away.

From: Mr. Henry Addo

Subject: I NEED YOUR URGENT RESPONSE

My Good Friend,

Mr. name is My Henry Addo, the AM I ares ares Newly Promoted Branch Manager of Bank here in Ghana, West Africa, not quite I and Feel Safe discussing this with you through this Internet Business method, why is The Very Important Important Because this Transaction and the Business Must Confidential treated be. Though this Medium: using of Internet has been greatly Abused, I Still the Choose to you through the REACH IT Because IT Still Remains The Fastest Medium of Communication, during the Information I obtained the Your My search through The Internet.

May the Interest to you that I Hear IT the AM ares man of PEACE and do not Want the Problems, I Hope we only Each Call Assist for the CAN OTHER. The If you do not Want this Offer Kindly forget the Business IT, the AS the Contact you I will not again.

I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of us, as the Branch Manager of the Bank, it is my duty to send in a Financial Report to my head office in the capital city Accra at the end of each year.

In the course of the last year 2015 end of the year report, I discovered that my branch in which I am the Manager made excess profit of Seven Million five Hundred Thousand Dollars [US $ 7,500,000.00] which my head office are not aware of and will be aware of Never Registered. I have Placed Since this Fund in ares SUNDRY ACCOUNT.

As an officer of the bank I can not be directly linked to this money, so this informed my contacting you for us to work together so that you can assist me and receive this fund into your bank account in your country for us to SHARE.

I am offering you 40% of the total fund, while you keep 60% for me in your bank account till I join you in your country for the sharing / investment of my own share of the funds or better still we can go into a joint partnership venture, I will appreciate it very much.

The Request for Your Honesty and Optimum immensely I Cooperation and Let Me Know Your Mind on this, the AS and the Please do treat this the Information Top Secret the AS the CAN I not afford to My Ñlose the Job with The Bank. We Shall Go over a once The details I The Receive your urgent response.

Thanks for your understanding, i will be waiting for your response

Sincerely,

Mr. Henry Addo.

Hackers and scammers and spammers, oh my

An alarming message came in today from a cousin’s email address — and freaked out some members of my extended family. However, it’s a total scam. Someone hacked in my cousin’s email address (either by guessing her password or by phishing for it) and sent out these messages. One worried family member actually went to the bank to get cash to send to London!
Subj: Horrible Trip
 
Hello,
 
This message may be coming to you as a surprise but I need your help.Few days back my family and I made an unannounced vacation trip to London,UK.Everything was going fine until last night when we were mugged on our way back to the hotel.They Stole all our cash,credit cards and cellphone but thank God we still have our lives and passport.Another shocking thing is that the hotel manager has been unhelpful to us for reasons i don’t know. I’m writing you from a local library cybercafe..I’ve reported to the police and after writing down some statements that’s the last i had from them.i contacted the consulate and all i keep hearing is they will get back to me. Our return flight leaves soon…I need you to help me out with a loan to settle our bills here so we can get back home . I’ll refund the money as soon as we get back. All i need is $1,850 USD..Let me know if you can get me the money then I will let you know how to get it to me.
 
Thanks
Needless to say, my cousin is safe at home, and she never went to London. She was initially somewhat confused because she couldn’t get into her email, as one of the first things the scammers did was change her password. And then the phone started ringing….
If you see messages like this, don’t respond, don’t be fooled. Do not try to get back to the family member by email, but use other means. Remember, the scammer has access to the email account, and can answer. Being bcc’d on a message (which I was) is one sign that it’s not legit. (But if you’re not bcc’d, that’s not proof that the message is legitimate.)
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