jm + scams + phishing   6

Ex-surgeon duped into being €100k drug mule
Oh man. This is so sad:

Soriano, who had travelled to Ireland from Bogota via Panama and Paris, told customs officials that a red bag he was carrying contained a gift for banking officials which would facilitate the transfer of a $2.3m inheritance from a long-lost relative he had never heard of until recently. He was very co-operative with the officials and agreed to allow them x-ray and examine the bag. It was found to contain 1.86kg of cocaine in three packets.

Sgt Finnegan said gardaí were initially sceptical that Soriano could have fallen for the scam but, as interviews went on, they became aware that there were underlying issues. Gardaí found documentation that Soriano had printed out about other phishing scams. He said that he knew they were scams but he was lonely and would respond to them for “a little bit of fun”. Sgt Finnegan said that, despite this, he remained adamant that the inheritance was still due to be claimed.


Bizarrely not the first prominent surgeon to fall victim to 419 scammers.
419  scams  cocaine  smuggling  surgeons  phishing  dementia 
may 2016 by jm
£25,000 stolen online. But even more shocking: Barclays washes its hands of it | Money | The Guardian
UK banks are getting press for evading liability and screwing the customer when scams and phishing occur
scams  phishing  uk  banking  banks  liability  terms-and-conditions  barclays 
march 2016 by jm
Chinese scammers are now using Stingray tech to SMS-phish
A Stingray-style false GSM base station, hidden in a backpack; presumably they detect numbers in the vicinity, and SMS-spam those numbers with phishing messages. Reportedly the scammers used this trick in "Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Changsha, Wuhan, Zhengzhou and other densely populated cities".

Dodgy machine translation:
March 26, Zhengzhou police telecommunications fraud cases together, for the first time seized a small backpack can hide pseudo station equipment, and arrested two suspects. Yesterday, the police informed of this case, to remind the general public to pay attention to prevention.

“I am the landlord, I changed number, please rent my wife hit the bank card, card number ×××, username ××.” Recently, Jiefang Road, Zhengzhou City Public Security Bureau police station received a number of cases for investigation brigade area of ​​the masses police said, frequently received similar phone scam messages. Alarm, the police investigators to determine: the suspect may be in the vicinity of twenty-seven square, large-scale use of mobile pseudo-base release fraudulent information. [...]

Yesterday afternoon, the Jiefang Road police station, the reporter saw the portable pseudo-base is made up of two batteries, a set-top box the size of the antenna box and a chassis, as well as a pocket computer composed together at most 5 kg.


(via t byfield and Danny O'Brien)
via:mala  via:tbyfield  privacy  scams  phishing  sms  gsm  stingray  base-stations  mobile  china 
august 2015 by jm
Cory Doctorow: Persistence Pays Parasites
'Falling victim to a [phish] isn’t just a matter of not being wise to the ways of the world: it’s a matter of being caught out in a moment of distraction and of unlikely circumstance.' +1, that matches with the personal phishing stories I've heard from others
phishing  cory-doctorow  security  anti-phishing  scams  distraction  twitter  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
ScamNailer - Anti-Phishing Filter
a generated set of SpamAssassin rules containing known-phisher addresses
scams  phishing  spear-phishing  spamassassin  rules  anti-phishing  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Cybercrime Organizations Turn to ‘Mafia-Style’ Structure
good research coming out of McAfee -- lots of Eastern European, Russian, and ex-USSR-country cybercrime businesses nowadays, apparently
spam  scams  scareware  russia  eastern-europe  ukraine  romania  credit-cards  antivirus  mcafee  security  phishing  from delicious
october 2009 by jm

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