Welcome and happy reading!

Since, like anyone else, I receive tons of scam emails and snail mail letters, I decided to present here some of these. All of these (and many more which I just delete) are scams. This means, what the senders have in mind is to racket one of us. And according to what I've seen, they do succeed quite often.

If you have similar letters in your mailbox, either disregard or play with the person knowing that you can't give him (or her) any information about:

  1. Your bank account,
  2. Your address — or any valid address if that matter,
  3. Your family, and
  4. any other information that you judge private or even intimate.

Ha! I say "Your"... even if you don't like your neighbor at all, don't give his information either. The Internet leaves tracks (hackers in the US are being caught one after another!) and you would certainly be in even bigger trouble.

In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy reading these letters as I do myself once in a while. 8-)I do not always add comments with the letters since I usually don't have time to do so, but there would often be a lot of joke to tell!

 

 

Latest Scams
  • Last update: 07/06/2017

    The following is an email I received the 10 of Marsh 2005. As you can see it includes an address in .nl which has nothing to do with ebay. And I won't mention that I'm not a member so it couldn't really affect me, could it?!

    Since the person was connected at the time I checked the email, I got a trace route:

    traceroute to 209.174.122.21 (209.174.122.21), 30 hops max, 38 byte packets
     1  cayman (192.168.1.254)  0.468 ms  0.391 ms  0.369 ms
     2  adsl-64-166-38-37.dsl.scrm01.pacbell.net (64.166.38.37)  8.089 ms  7.153 ms  ...

     
  • Last update: 03/29/2014

    Welcome, or at least I hope I can welcome you to this page...

    Below are four scans of a letter I received today (June 30, 2005) from a company which names itself LVAAP (must be the real name since they ask for a check and you need to deposit it, right?)

    If you read even just a tiny bit, you will see that the English isn't so good. Yet, people not like me who are used to speak that English usually don't notice.

    Now I got an email from someone in England saying that she also received a similar letter from the same people but with a return address in Florida (which is certainly okay if ...

     
  • Last update: 03/10/2014

    This one sent her letter in a Microsoft Word document. That looked nice.

    First I present the email itself, then the document. Of course, I thought maybe the document is infected, but it is not. No macros or anything, just some text... All safe.

    What I thought was very funny is the:

    My husband had a fixed deposit of $92 million.

    What does that mean?! A fixed deposit of many millions?? I'd like to know what bank he was using because I'm really not interested by that one!


    Return-Path: <harikl79.2008@hotmail.com>
    X-Original-To: alexis@m2osw.com
    Delivered-To: ...
     
  • Last update: 02/10/2014

    Alright... I'm posting this one because:

    The email was sent by Katherine, the Reply-To asks me to send my reply to Tarah, and the email is signed Isabelle. Someone trying to make it look real here?!

    Yeah and the text / HTML messages are completely different, and they both had a large footer about sandwiches or something...


    Return-Path: <58231-20885257714-228-john=m2osw.com@bounce.meanmount.eu>
    X-Original-To: john@m2osw.com
    Delivered-To: alexis@m2osw.com
    X-Greylist: delayed 601 seconds by postgrey-1.34 at jc; Mon, 10 Feb 2014 02:05:20 PST
    Received: from smtp.meanmount.eu ...
     
  • Last update: 02/09/2014

    Can someone tell me what the UNCC and the PCBC are?

    Oh! Wait, it's defined in the email below... PCBC... yeah! Good one 8-)


    -------- Message original --------

    Sujet: ***SPAM***Re: Kindly get back to us immediately.
    Date : Sat, 8 Feb 2014 23:28:29 +0800
    De : JPMorgan Chase Bank <jpmorgan@pisem.net>
    Pour : undisclosed-recipients:;


     

    JPMorgan Chase Bank NA
    270 Park Avenue
    New York 10017-2070
    
    Good day,
    
    This department of JPMorgan ...
     
  • Last update: 02/01/2014

    I thought this was an interesting one. Scam to me has generally been in English or some other Latin language from a so called rich country (if you look at their debts, no country is richer than the so called poor countries; but anyway...)

    This one is in Arabic and tells me that my email was chosen to receive $880,000.00. A scam for sure, but that one is intended for someone who can read Arabic and has enough money to pay for all those hidden fees.

    Oh! Yeah! On top of that it says "testar" as the person who forwarded (yes forwarded) that email did not clean it up at all. This is how ...

     
  • Last update: 11/24/2014

    Had to put this one up... Too funny! The guy says I have a 3.5 USD transfer waiting... and that instead he's going to send me a Corporate Business Card with the money as the transfer failed. A wooping THREE dollars and FIFTY cents? I definively want to pay DHL whatever they ask to get that corporate card. wink


    Return-Path: 
    X-Original-To: alexis@m2osw.com
    Delivered-To: alexis@m2osw.com
    Received: from smtp301.alice.it (smtp301.alice.it [82.57.200.117])
    	by mail.m2osw.com (Postfix) with ESMTP id 70D84CE000F
    	for ; Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:46:05 -0800 (PST)
    Received: from feu23-alice ...
     
  • Last update: 01/15/2014

    Today I received this spam email. In itself it was a safe one. That is, it was not a person trying to steal directly from my bank account. Just totally unwanted advertising.

    However, what I found rather interesting is the fact that the person created an HTML form to show a link. « So what? » will you ask... Well... When you put your mouse over a link, you expect to see the destination in your status bar at the bottom (I'd hope you do such thing, you don't?!) However, a button in a form does not show you any links. You have to read the HTML if you want to know the ...

     
  • Last update: 01/03/2014

    Had to put this one here!

    Look at that... They put a picture from Bing Earth or whatever that stuff is called (I never use Bing...) and that is to show me where the user who accessed by account with Firefox was at the time of the attack.

    I wonder how many people fell for it. Hay! The banner at the top is real. It comes straight from Bank of America's website.

    ¨We'll help you secure your Account¨


    Return-Path: <info@mail.com>
    X-Original-To: alexis@m2osw.com
    Delivered-To: alexis@m2osw.com
    Received: from tbjjbihbhfbcc.turbo-smtp.net (tbjjbihbhfbcc.turbo-smtp.net ...
     
  • Last update: 08/13/2017

    Hmmm... We have a contact form on our main business website and we received this spam email today. I'm not too sure what that accomplishes, really. Okay, it includes a link and maybe the sender was hoping for a reaction so we'd click on it. But really... read that email, it's just too funny.


    Return-Path: <www-data@mail.m2osw.com>
    X-Original-To: alexis@m2osw.com
    Delivered-To: alexis@m2osw.com
    Received: by mail.m2osw.com (Postfix, from userid 33)
        id 38C6BCE22D7; Tue, 22 Oct 2013 08:18:22 -0700 (PDT)
    To: alexis@m2osw.com
    Subject: [Contact] One ...