Debunking email hoaxes and exposing Internet scams since 2003!

Hoax-Slayer Logo Hoax-Slayer Logo

DividerDivider
Home    About    New Articles    RSS Feed    Subscriptions    Contact
DividerDivider


Site Navigation

Divider











Issue 10 - Hoax-Slayer Newsletter

Issue 10: February 6th, 2004

This week in Hoax-Slayer:
Read Previous Issues


Hoax-Slayer is a Free Monthly Web-Based Newsletter brought to you by Brett Christensen

The Hoax-Slayer Newsletter keeps you informed about the latest email hoaxes and current Internet scams. Hoax-Slayer also features anti-spam tips, computer security information, pertinent articles and more.

As soon as the newsletter is published each month, subscribers are sent a notification email with a direct link to the latest issue. The Hoax-Slayer Newsletter is absolutely free and you can easily unsubscribe at any time either by following a link in the notification email or visiting the Hoax-Slayer Unsubscribe page.

To get your free subscription, enter your complete email address in the form below and click the "Subscribe" button. Concerned about giving out your email address online? I will never sell or give away your email address, or any other personal information, for any reason what so ever.

Read the Hoax-Slayer Privacy Policy for more information.



Subscription Options in Detail



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.

Regards,

Safeharbor Department
eBay, Inc.




[TOP]


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

Dear customer,

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 transactions.
Your credit card was charged by (Link: www.darkprofits.com,)www.darkprofits.com, it will appear on your next credit card's statement.

Kings regards,

DarkProfits.com Sales Department.

underages@darkprofits.com

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 free.
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 business.
6. Fake currencies, such as Euros and US dollars, prices would match competition.
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.

www.darkprofits.com

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 pornography.



[TOP]



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: cumbajohnny@mailvault.com , sales@onlineniccom, feedback@onlinenic.com

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 to eBay.com.


[TOP]


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:
ZoneAlarm Firewall


Screenshot 1 (Outgoing access alert):

ZoneAlarm Outgoing Access alert


Screenshot 2 (Incoming access alert):

ZoneAlarm Incoming access alert


Screenshot 3 (User Interface):

ZoneAlarm User Interface

[TOP]


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.




[TOP]
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 performance.

Click below to observe this incredible new technology!

http://users.chartertn.net/tonytemplin/FBI_eyes/

[TOP]


The Hoax_Slayer Newsletter is published by:
Brett M.Christensen
Queensland, Australia
All Rights Reserved
©Brett M. Christensen, 2009
Questions or Comments