Month: September 2009

Clampi Virus

The Clampi virus is a trojan virus that steals online banking log-in details from infected computers.  The virus is sitting steath on computers throughout the UK and the United States.  The virus steals your login info and sends it back to the scammers.  They then use the login to access your account and transfer funds, or the credit card account info to purchase goods. 

The security operations manager with Symantec, Orla Cox, said: “Clampi is a complex threat. People are only just beginning to understand how it operates.”

Gary Green, a 20+ year computer security consultant said ” This virus has been around a long time. Any current anti-virus program should find and prevent it, so we begin with the premise that systems getting contaminated simply aren’t being maintained well. Not surprised; see it all the time.”

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Greetings from Japan

Get an email with the subject  “Greetings from Japan”  if so Read this now!

The email should say “Greedy from Japan”, cause its just another 419 scam, here is a copy:
I am sorry to encroach into your privacy in this manner, I found yourlisted in the Trade Centre Chambers of Commerce directory here in Japan, I find it pleasurable to offer you my partnership in business, I only prayat this time that your address is still valid. I want to solicit your attention to receive money on my behalf. The purpose of my contacting you is because my status would not permit me to do this alone.
When you reply this message, I will send you the full details and more information about myself and the funds. If interested, please reply through
my alternate Email:
Mr. Tomo Sand Nori
(Head of Account Dept,Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank,
Tokyo, Japan)

Google Fast Flip virus links in Twitter

Even gets tricked occassionally.  Today while reading hot items on Twitter I clicked on a shortened URL to go to Google Fast Flip and sure enough it sent me straight to a malware site.  As with any popular subject scammers will attempt to trick you into going to their website to do you harm.  The best solution which is what we normally do is if you see a link in Twitter for an interesting subject, make sure you really know the person who included the link or just Google the term and visit the site through Google.

Payment Release Instruction From Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Did you get this email titled “Payment Release Instruction From Federal Reserve Bank of New York”?  Well it is a payment release alright, except it will be you releasing your money to cybercrooks.  This is a copy of the phishing scam:

Federal Reserve Bank of America
33 Liberty Street,
New York, NY 10045.

Our Ref: FRB-75BFNYUS09 Your Ref:——-

Attention Fund Beneficiary

Payment Release Instruction From Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Acting on our capacity as the international correspondent bank to the International Monetary Fund Organization, this is to officially notify you that we have received a confirmation advice from the International Monetary Funds External Auditors Committee, World Bank, United Nations Organization and the Federal Reserve Bank of America respectively via International Payment Voucher Number: IMF/FRBWDC/BOA-93WB82UN567-G requesting our bank to direct the FIRST CITY MONUMENT BANK USA N.A., a subsidiary of the Federal Reserve Bank of America to disburse your due wining/inheritance and contract payment valued at
One Million Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$1.3M) in your favour via their branch in New York.

In consideration of the above, you have been issued with this Exclusive Reference Identification Number (IMF/FRB-NY/9USXX10751/09), Vide Transaction No.: WHA/EUR/202 and Transfer Allocation No.: FRB/X44/701LN/NYC/US, Password: 339331, Pin Code: 78569, Certificate of Merit No: 104, Release Code No:
0876; Immediate First City Monument Bank Telex Confirmation No: -222568; Secret Code: XXTN014. Having received these vital payment numbers, you are instantly qualified to receive and confirm your payment within the next 72hrs. as necessary clearance has been granted from the International Monetary Funds External Auditors to release the funds to you with immediate effect.

In view of this directive received from the International Monetary Funds (IMF), we have on our own part verified your payment file as directed to us, and your name is next on the list of outstanding fund beneficiaries to receive their payment at this Second quarter of year 2009. With that being done, you are required to urgently contact the FCMB USA N.A. in New York through their International Funds Release Supervisor:

Contact Person: Mr. Clarence Dexter Jr
(Head, Funds Release Supervisor)

And reconfirm your international payment voucher number and your reference identification number respectively before that office with a view to the final remittance approval and subsequent crediting of your bank account to the tune of funds as stated herein.

We wish to inform you of the need for you to also re-confirm your full personal and contact details before the FCMB BANK USA N.A. in New York to enable the officer in-charge to proceed with the preliminary arrangements that will enhance the immediate release of your funds. Owing to security reasons, be clearly informed that we will not respond to any phone calls/general inquiries placed to our bank with regards to the remittance of your funds by beneficiaries as we are barred from doing so, you are therefore advised to communicate only with the accredited officer for further remittance advice.

1) Your Full name;
3) Your contact telephone and fax number;
4) Your Age and Profession;
5) Copy of any valid form of your Identification;
6) Your Bank name;
7) Your Bank Address;
8) Account name and Number;
9) ABA/Routing Number;
10) Swift or Sort Code/IBAN;

Thank you for your anticipated co-operation.


Dr. Janet Yellen,

From United States Marine Corps. IRAQ…

Watchout for the “From United States Marine Corps. IRAQ” email scam.  It is another email scammer posing as an American soldier, here is what the scam looks like:

Good Day,

How are you doing my friend, great I guess… Now I know this mail will definitely Come to you as a huge surprise, but please kindly take your time to go through it carefully as the decision you make will probably go a long way to determine my future and continued existence. First,let me introduce myself. I am Capt. Michael Scholl,assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, western Anbar Province in Iraq. I am desperately in need of assistance and I have summoned up courage to contact you. I am presently in Iraq and I found your contact particulars in an address journal. I am seeking your assistance to evacuate the sum of $10,570,000 (Ten million Five Hundred and Seventy Thousand USD) to the States or any safe country, as far as I can be assured that it will be safe in your care until I complete my service here. This is no stolen money and there are no dangers involved.

SOURCE OF MONEY: Some money in various currencies was discovered and concealed in barrels with piles of weapons and ammunition at a location near one of Saddam Hussein’s old Presidential Palaces during a rescue operation and it was agreed by all party present that the money Be shared amongst us. This might appear as an illegal thing to do but I tell you what? No compensation can make up for the risks we have taken with our lives in this hellhole. The above figure was given to me as my share and to conceal this kind of money became a problem for me, so with the help of a British contact working with the UN here (his office enjoys some immunity) I was able to get the package out to a safe location entirely out of trouble spot. He does not know the real contents of the package as he believes that it belongs to an American who died in an air raid, before giving up trusted me to hand over the package to his close relative. I have now found a secured way of getting the package out!
of Iraq for you to pick up. I do

For more details please contact me via my private box:

Capt.Michael Scholl.
United States Marine Corps. IRAQ.


Here is another example of scammers trying to use a well known bank to try and steal your money, this scam poses as Bank of America and uses the subject line: REFUND ID: A29R119.  Do yourself a favor and DON’T open the attachement.

Dear Customer:

After the last annual calculations of your activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a refund of $178.25 USD
Please submit the refund request and allow us 3-6 days in order to process it.

A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons.
For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.

Please submit the form attached to your email in order to complete your refund

Best Regards,
Bank Of America

© Copyright 2009, Bank Of America All rights reserved.


While the best things in life are free, the email with the subject: YOU WON THE FREELOTTO Monthly Jackpot will cost your more than you supposedly won if you respond to it, it is an email scam.


We gladly announce to you the draw of the FREELOTTO online
International program held this month.Your e-mail address You were
entered as dependent clients with: Reference Serial Number:F2-003-036
and Batch number R/45-300-07.

Your email address attached to the ticket number:54-20-17-52-34-30 that
draw the lucky winning number, which consequently won the Daily Jackpot
in the first category A.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of $2,000,000.00
(Two Million United State Dollars) in cash credited to file reference
number: TFR/9900034943/JPT.This is from a total cash prize of
£17,000,000 million shared amongst the first Ten (10) lucky winners in
this category i.e. Match 5 plus bonus.

To file for your claim,
please contact our FREELOTTO Fiduciary

Mr. Juan Acosta Jr.
(Freelotto Fiduciary Department)
82 Victoria Street
Victoria London SW1 U.K


Provide him with the information below:

Full Names:___________________

Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program.
Kevin J. Aronin
Chairman & CEO

Copyright © 1995-2009
The FREELOTTO National Lottery Inc. All rights reserved. Terms of


In this email scam they try to scare you into sending money, the email has the subject line: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, here is a copy of the scam.

441 4th Street NW, Suite 1145S
Washington, DC 20001

Attention: Sir,

We have received instruction from the Police Department ,Home land Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) here in the United States of America to prosecute you over allegations of money laundering and terrorist ($10m usd) related activities to which there is over whelming evidence of your involvement.

Note a copy of this email have been forwarded to the UNITED STATE OF AMERICA POLICE/AUTHORITIES and will be ordered for your immediate arrest.

The need for your urgent prosecution arose from your inability to secure the mandatory Clearance Certificate from the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigeria inspite of several opportunities given to you by the Police Department,Home land Security and FBI.

Inview of the indicting report submitted to the Police Department ,Home land Security and FBI by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Police Department ,Home land Security and FBI has recommended for your immediate prosecution. You have to obtain the required Certificate from EFCC- CHAIRMAN, MRS. FARIDA WAZIRI ON HER EMAIL ADDRESS : and the Cost of the Certificate is $370.00 only

We are giving you notice of service of writ of summons after seven days of receiving this letter by mail. If after the seven days and you are not able to obtain the Certificate to clear yourself before the Police Department ,Home land Security and FBI, Legal prosecution will begin immediately.

Justice delayed is justice denied.

Your’s faithfully,
Attorney General

Eric Holder

Notice of Unreported Income

Did you get an email titled “Notice of unreported income” from the IRS? Well if so, you need to know this.

It is a phishing scam targeting thousands of people through emails.  The IRS never asks for personal information through email, so do yourself a favor and delete the email.  With overseas investors starting to get nervous about their hidden accounts and the IRS crackdown, its no wonder why the scammers would target the subject.  Email scammers like to target emotions and hot topics because there seems to be a higher email open rate.  But luckily this isn’t the real IRS after you.


This SCAMMED VICTIMS PAYMENT COMPENSATION OF $900.000.00 email claims to over compensation, but the only one getting compensation is the scammers, see the email phishing scam below:

Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 4:06 PM

Attn: Scam Victim

This is to bring to your notice that I Rev. Obiechefu Pat, from the United Nations Aids Awareness, I was posted to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN),as head of the departmental director scam victim payment compensation (SVPC) to pay 150 scam victims $900.000.00 (nine hundred thousand UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY) each for the first quarter of the year. Your email address are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims to be paid this amount, get back to me as soon as possible for the immediate payment of your $900, 000.00 compensations funds.
On these faithful recommendations, we want you to know that during the last U.N. meetings held at Abuja, Nigeria. The New Elected President of Nigeria, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua (GCFR) instructed Mr. Sanusi Lamido Aminu Sanusi, Governor Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) that it alarmed so much by the world in the U.N. meeting on the loss of funds by various individuals operating from the mentions banks below or the others.
Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC Bank London, Barclays Bank London, Central Bank Of Belgium, Bank of London, Inter Continental Bank, Diamond Bank Of Africa, Nat west Bank Uk, Bank of America, Central Bank Of West Africa, and other Bank of Africa respectively. Your email address appeared among the beneficiaries who will receive a payment of $7 million.  In other to compensate victims, the U.N Body in conjunction with the Nigerian Government, is now paying 150 victims of this $900.000.00 each in accordance with the U.N. recommendations in this first quarter of the year 2009.  
Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems in Nigeria, the payments are to be supervised by the United Nations’ Officials Register to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) or Apex Bank as the corresponding payee authorized bank is: CITI BANK OF Nigeria PLC, contact person and his email services will be given to you as soon as you respond to this message or through our over sea register payee bank, if you will not be able to come down here by your self and sign your fund.
According to the number of applicants at hand, 74 Beneficiaries has been paid, half of the victims are from the United States, and we still have more numbers left to be paid the compensations of $900.000.00 Your email particulars was mentioned by one of the Syndicates who was arrested as one of the victims operating with one of the mention bank, you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to any person whatsoever as the U.S. secret monitoring service is already on trace of the other criminals, till we apprehend them.  
We are trying our best to contact other victims who have not received this information or application as well for verify and possible consideration.
You can receive your compensation payments via any of this options you Choose, DRAFT/CHEQUE PAYMENTS or WIRE TRANSFERS. I will feed you with further modalities as soon as I hear from you. Reconfirm the following to me
(1) Your direct telephone numbers   
(2) Full name and address  
(3) Your occupation.
(4) Your Sex
Yours Faithfully,

Rev. Obiechefu Pat

Director , (U.N) SVPC.
Cc: Barrister, W.J.Jones
Scam Victim Payment Compensation Management Office Legal Departmental consultant Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)