Monday, December 19, 2011

Spam / phishing alert for Tom Parker / Cyprus / California, US.

I received today this e-mail and its most likely spam / phishing scam:

From: "Tom Parker"
Date: December 19, 2011 2:38:44 AM EST
Subject: Order

I would like to place an order with you to Cyprus, but I am located in California, US. I am wanting to know if you can ship direct to Cyprus, but if not, i can handle pick up from your door step. Also, let me know what type of Credit Cards you accept for payment. {Visa / MC / Amex / Discovery}.

Looking forward for your swift email response & Kindly attach your current price list sheet or direct website link to your full product page.

Kind Regards,

Monday, August 1, 2011

Spam alert: Russian Federation Order! from:

This is likely spam/phishing:


I will like to place order on some items in your store. Kindly tell me if you accept VISA & MASTER CARD as a form of payment and i will also like to know if you ship down to Moscow, Russia. Furthermore, I will be glad if you can email back with the current price sheet and the list of items you have available in stock at the moment or a link to your website where i can find prices on each products.

Your total effort on my order to be completed would be dearly appreciated!

I can't wait to do business with your company.

Best Regards,
Andrei Nabokov

Nabokov Enterprises.
Address: Povarskaya ulitsa 80,
Moscow 121069, Russia Federation.
web: under construction

Monday, July 18, 2011

Spam alert: "Order from Greece." / from: Robert Corwin

I received this message today. This appears to be a phishing scheme to strike up a conversation about buying something, and then that may lead to hijinks. If you receive this message, be wary.


Hello Sales,

I am interested in purchasing some of your products, I will like to know if you can ship directly to ATHENS, I also want you to know my mode of payment for this order is via Credit Card. Get back to me if you can ship to that destination and also if you accept the payment type indicated. Kindly return his email with your price list of your products..

I await your quick response.

From the desk of Purchase manager,

Address : Ialyssos Zipcode : 85101.
City : Rhodes,Greece.
Phone : +30 22410 0000

Friday, March 25, 2011

Phone scam by steven bradley 1-800-650-5124 Caribbean Cruise

I received a suspicious call today, and then did some research and found out it's a sales scam.

A person named "Steven bradley" called and said that since I had purchased something at [insert name of any retailer], I was entered in a drawing and won.

He said that the store I bought something at had given him my name. I called the store after my call with "Steve", and the owner of the store said that they had not shared my name. (I know the store owners well.)

What this sales person had really done was do a search on the Internet, and found that my name is associated with a domain for a store. What was really happening: there was no contest. The store had not given Steve my name. This was a cold call, a sales call, and this guy was lying.

Steve said that I was very lucky to win.
He then offered to go over details.
He told me i had won a 75% discount.
He said I was hand selected.
He mentioned First Class Vacations. Carnival Cruise Lines.
He said less than 1% 'selected'.
He said due to tremendous savings, they are extremely limited, and must "keep it to one call." aka: high pressure sales technique. They are giving an excuse to make you decide in a hurry on the phone.

Cruise was for 8 days. "Any caribbean location", including St. Thomas.

He insisted I buy the package right there, after 30 seconds. I sensed it was scam, so I acted very interested, and pleaded to call him back so i could in fact track down this dirt ball. He then gave me his phone number: 1-800-650-5124
ext 314
and name:
Steven Bradley
note: this name could be an alias.

In sum, these companies do a search on a person's name, get some info related to you, then lie and say whatever source they found associated with you has given them your info, and they use this to build trust. Then they act like you 'won' something when in fact it's a plain sales call.