Issue 10 - Hoax-Slayer Newsletter
Issue 10: February 6th, 2004
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More eBay Phishing Scam Emails
Apparently there are still several versions of the eBay Phishing
scam emails being distributed. A Hoax-Slayer site visitor submitted
the example below earlier in the week. This is a typical phishing
scam that tries to entice victims to provide details on a bogus,
"look-a-like" site. eBay does not send out requests for
information via email.
eBay has information
about these scam emails on their website.
We regret to inform you that your eBay account could be suspended
if you don't login into your account. To resolve al this problems
please click here and login to your account in order to resolve
your account problems. If the security issue could not be solved
your account will be suspended for a period of 3-4 days, after that
it will be again operational.
Per the User Agreement, Section 9, we may immediately issue a
warning, temporarily suspend, indefinitely suspend or terminate
your membership and refuse to provide our services to you if we
believe that your actions may cause financial loss or legal
liability for you, our users or us. We may also take these actions
if we are unable to verify or authenticate any information you
provide to us.
Due to the suspension of this account, please be advised you are
prohibited from using eBay in any way. This includes the
registering of a new account.
Please note that this suspension does not relieve you of your
agreed-upon obligation to pay any fees you may owe to ebay.
DarkProfits Hoax Email
A Hoax-Slayer site visitor submitted a copy of the current
DarkProfits.com prank email.
This email is a malicious prank directed at DarkProfits.com.
DarkProfits.com has been the target of other pranks including one
that claimed that the website was selling a host of illegal goods
and services (see example below). These hoax emails seem to be
nothing more than crude attempts to discredit the website for some
reason possibly known only to the instigators of the hoax. There
have been no reports of people actually having amounts charged to
their credit cards by DarkProfits, so the email would seem to be a
straightforward prank rather than an attempt to extort money.
Subject:Thank you for your order
We are glad to inform you, that your DarkProfits.com Sales Order has
been successfully completed.
Sales order number: 3445096-01.04
Customer' Number: 1333027
Amount charged: $149.95
Time of charge:
Product ordered: 1 Month Child Porn Unlimited Online Access.
Customer' Email: [removed]
Please note, that refunds are not available for this type of
Your credit card was charged by (Link:
www.darkprofits.com,)www.darkprofits.com, it will appear on your next
credit card's statement.
DarkProfits.com Sales Department.
You can also cancel your order by phone: call us [Number Removed]
An earlier DarkProfits hoax email:
Welcome to the site www.darkprofits.com, it's us again, now we
extended our offerings, here is a list:
1. Heroin, in liquid and crystal form.
2. Rocket fuel and Tomohawk rockets (serious enquiries only).
3. Other rockets (Air-to-Air), orders in batches of 10.
4. New shipment of cocaine has arrived, buy 9 grams and get 10th for
5. We also offer gay-slaves for sale, we offer only such service on
the NET, you can choose the one you like, then get straight to
6. Fake currencies, such as Euros and US dollars, prices would match
7. Also, as always, we offer widest range of child pornography and
exclusive lolita galleries, to keep out clients busy.
Everyone is welcome, be it in States or any other place worldwide.
ATTENTION. Clearance offer. Buy 30 grams of heroin, get 5 free.
Prepay your batch of rockets (air-to-air) and recieve a portable
rocket-lacuncher for free.
This offer won't last! Only until 20th of August all our clients will
also recieve a pack of 2 CDs, with best selection of child
ShadowCrew Prank Email
At first glance the email below looks like a variant of the eBay
phisher scam described in the first story
in this weeks edition.
However, this is in fact a prank email aimed at the Shadowcrew.com
website. It appears that the purpose of the email is simply to
cause trouble for the Shadowcrew website. The email makes no
attempt to disguise the links included. Unlike a *real* eBay phisher
scam, the links do not lead to a bogus, "look-a-like" website, nor
is the recipient asked to provide sensitive eBay account details.
Links lead either to the ShadowCrew site itself or to a contact
page for Concentric Dial-up Internet. The email even states that
it was "sent by ShadowCrew.com mail system". ShadowCrew has been
the target of other prank emails in the past.
Similar prank emails have targeted another website,
DarkProfits.com, as described in the article above
. I would not
be surprised if the same individuals were responsible for both
the ShadowCrew and DarkProfits prank emails.
Whatever the motivation or origin of the emails, they are nothing
more than pointless trash and should be relegated directly to
the Deleted Items folder.
Dear Sir or Madam,
eBay Account Management regrets to inform you that your eBay
account has been suspended due to credit card verification
problems. Your credit card failed to authorize and as a result,
your account has been flagged. All further transactions with
your account will be denied until this flag is removed.
Please take a moment to confirm your account by going to the
following address: eBay.com
If the link doesn't work by some reason use an alternative link
here - www2.ebay.com and fill in credit card data as well as
ebay username and password right in the contact form.
Trully your, eBay account management team.
P.S. If you have any questions or feel that this message has
been delivered to you by a mistake please send your complaints
to these emails: email@example.com , sales@onlineniccom,
If you urgently need some help regarding this message you may
call here:+1.415-665-6387 OR send fax to +1.415-665-7168
The message was sent by ShadowCrew.com mail system in favour
Security Software: Zone Alarm Firewall
ZoneAlarm is a software firewall that can help to protect your computer from malicious Internet attacks. The software is easy to configure and has proven to be very stable and reliable on both my Windows 98 and Windows XP systems. Once you have Zone Alarm installed, it will alert you if a program is attempting to access the Internet by displaying a pop-up window (see Screenshot 1). If you want the program to connect, you can give it permission via the "Yes" or "No" buttons on the Zone Alarm pop-up. Of course, there are some programs, such as your browser and email client, that regularly need to access the Internet so having to give permission for these programs every time they need to connect would be inefficient and annoying. However, ZoneAlarm allows you to permanently give or withdrawn permission for a program to connect by checking the appropriate box. If you click "No" on the Zone Alarm pop-up, the program is blocked from connecting to the Internet. Thus, if you have a Trojan or spyware component that tries to "phone home" you can stop it before it makes the connection.
However, the above is only half of the story. ZoneAlarm also blocks incoming connections. Thus, if a malicious attacker tries to gain access to your computer, the connection will be blocked. You can choose to receive pop-up alerts regarding these incoming probes (see Screenshot 2) or you can simply have ZoneAlarm silently do the blocking in the background. Many incoming probes are random port scans or non-malicious probes from your ISP, so I usually choose to turn off the incoming alerts, as they can become annoying.
ZoneAlarm activates at Windows start-up so that it is continually protecting your system. A dynamic icon that resides in the system tray provides quick access to the ZoneAlarm user interface and graphically displays Internet activity. Right-clicking the icon allows you to quickly stop all Internet activity should the need arise. The right-click menu also allows you to temporarily disable the firewall.
Find out more about ZoneAlarm via the link below:
Screenshot 1 (Outgoing access alert):
Screenshot 2 (Incoming access alert):
Screenshot 3 (User Interface):
Mountain Lion Email Hoax
An email has been circulating that describes the shooting of a
giant mountain lion in the US state of Kansas and supposedly
incudes a photograph of this animal.
However, The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP)
reports that this is a hoax. The organization has received dozens
of enquires about the hoax email. The photograph attached to the
hoax email was actually taken from an earlier edition of the
Boone and Crockett Club's magazine, Fair Chase. The lion in the
image was shot near Seattle, Washington.
A copy of the hoax email is included below:
Got this from one of my friends at [NAME OF COMPANY REMOVED]. This
mountain lion was shot near Leon, Kansas. This guy is a friend
of one of the guys who works with my friend. He was going deer
hunting when he heard his neighbor's cows making noise. He
discovered this cat attacking some calves.
He shot and reportedly the cat jumped 8 feet into the air, ran
about 100 yards, and died. The man in the picture is over 6 feet
tall and the cat weighed over 200 pounds.
Humour: Is the FBI Recording Mouse Clicks?
Homeland Security has announced they will soon be implementing
new software which will record every click of your mouse. It is
their belief that it will operate completely transparently and
that the average user will not notice any difference in
Click below to observe this incredible new
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