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Att WoWers: Don’t Be Scammed!

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

This morning I received an email that claimed to be from wowaccountadmin@blizzard.com apparently concerning my World of Warcraft, or WoW, account.  Immediately I was circumspect.  The email had no graphics and the English was shoddy.  Still, I worried that some people may fall for it.

If you found this blog post by searching for info on the letter, you're already one step ahead - you checked it out before sending in your account info. 

Always do this!! I cannot stress this enough.  No company that does business online will ever ask for your personal account information via email.  Never.

If you truly believe your account with any company or agency is in jeapordy (this goes for bank accounts and credit card accounts, too), then contact the company/agency directly via email and/or telephone.  Ask them if they sent such an email and speak directly with someone about checking into the problem.

However, never click on the links in these emails.  They may take you to a fake website that looks like the real thing - just enough to fool you.  If you log into your account on this fake website, they have you.  A keylogger has just stolen your user name and password.  Do not call any phone numbers given in the email; this too could be a fake designed to get the information from you.  Instead, open your web browser and type in the address of the company/agency yourself, or Google it.  Never, ever for any reason click on links in a scam email - at the very least, the website that opens can download a worm, virus, or spyware onto your system.

The email may look legit - even with graphics and, sometimes, even citing the actual agency's Terms of Use or Privacy information (copied from the actual website).  However, if the email is asking for personal information, immediately be wary and do some checking.

You see, these scammer scumbags are masters of human engineering.  They use triggers to get you to do something you might not normally do.  You see a message, like this one, appearing to come from Blizzard (the makers of World of Warcraft) telling you that your account is in jeapordy.  They accuse you of trading or selling accounts; your first reaction is to panic.

"I'm not doing that!" you think.  At once, you want to rectify the situation and clear your name.

Then they hit you with the big fear factor - your account will be deleted and/or disabled if you don't act now.  The thought of losing an account - for people that have put literally hours upon hours of work into - is a frightful prospect.  The same if they are threatening to close or freeze a bank or credit card account.

Someone that does not know what to look for or does not know the scammer tricks might easily fall prey to this kind of scam.  It doesn't mean you're witless, so don't feel bad.  These mugus are masters of their craft.  They dupe people every day into giving up personal information, bank accounts, credit card numbers, etc.  The best you can do is to stay aware and learn what to look for.

For those looking for more information on this particular scam, which claims to come from Blizzard concerning a World of Warcraft (WoW) account, and for those of you that would like to know what to look for, here is the email I received:

Greetings!
It has come to our attention that you are trying to sell/trade your personal World of Warcraft account(s).
As you may or may not be aware of, this conflicts with the EULA and Terms of Agreement.
If this proves to be true, your account can and will be disabled. It will be ongoing for further investigation by Blizzard Entertainment's employees.
If you wish to not get your account suspended you should immediately verify your account ownership. If the information is deemed accurate, the investigation will be dropped.
This action is taken because we at Blizzard Entertainment take these sales
quite seriously. We need to confirm you are the original owner of the account.
This is easiest done by confirming your personal information along with concealed information about your account.
You can confirm that you are the original owner of the account by replying to this email with:

Use the following template below to verify your account and information via email.
* First and Surname
* Date of birth
* Address
* Zip code
* Phone number
* Country
* Account e-mail
* Account name
* Account password
* Secret Question and Answer
-Or-
WoW CD-Key
Show * Please enter the correct information
If you ignore this mail your account can and will be closed permanently. Once we verify your account, we will reply to your e-mail informing you that we have dropped the investigation.
We ask you to NOT change password until the investigation is fully completed.
Blizzard Entertainment Inc
Account Administration Team
P.O. Box 18979, Irvine, CA 92623
Regards,
Account Administration Team
Blizzard Entertainment

Another thing to look for - shoddy English.  Most of these scammers are overseas and English is not their native tongue.  Sometimes it's easy to catch, others it's not so obvious - but pay attention to subtle details in the grammar and word usage.  This is another tip that the email is from a scammer and is not legit.

Note that they, also, used Blizzard Entertainment's actual contact information.  Again, they will sometimes use actual text and/or images from the real company or agency's website to appear more legitimate.

If you were to respond to this email and give our your account name and password (which Blizzard will never ask for), you have just lost your WoW account.  The scammers will go in, change your password so that you cannot access it again, and then do whatever they want with it (use it for farming or sell it).

At that point, there is little you can do and that is why it is so important to pay attention to every email you receive asking for any kind of information from you.

Always be aware and alert - remember that not everything that comes through your inbox is legit and it's better to be cautious than sorry.  Trying to get your identity or account back after a scammer has stolen it is next to impossible and causes quite a lot of headache and money.  Learn what to look for and always think before hitting Reply.

All I Want for Christmas is No More Comment Spam

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

I haven't been around in awhile, and therefore, I haven't been checking my comments. When there is nothing to comment on, people generally don't leave comments.

Spambots, however, care not if there is an actual post to comment on - they'll comment on any (and every) thing connected to your blog, site, guestbook, etc. It could be a post from three years ago, they'll spam it up.

I approve all comments before they appear on this blog, and this is why. WordPress, as amazing as it is, is a like a comment spam magnet. How bad is it, you ask? Well, logging on today - after 4 days of not doing so - showed 311 comments needing to be approved; every single one of them spam.

Everything from "squirting vaginas" to "bridesmaid dresses", "ugg boots" to "perky tits" was offered up on my blog's comments for your clicking and purchasing pleasure. Want to see "women of wrestling nude" or some "milf pussy"? Maybe "asian boobs" or "hardcore asses" is more your thing? It could all be found here if I wasn't aggressive about monitoring my comments section. Any site or blog owner that doesn't approve comments before they appear, or go in and periodically delete out the crap will be better known for having a corner market on Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra than anything personal they've uploaded to share with the world.

Sad but true.

I haven't visited Star Suck in two weeks. How much comment spam was waiting there for me when I peeked in? The exact number sits at 1,204. Some are nothing but link lists so long you have to scroll down to see all of them - just lists of words linked to goddess-knows-what that read such things as blackzilla, Tonya Harding, birthday cake, russian women, citibank, hats, fuel savers, smut, landscape, all the way to...duck. What are they selling exactly? I'll never be curious enough to click on one, but you do wonder...

One excited message tells me "Yes YOU Too Can Learn How To Butea Superba With Ease!" Because everyone has always wanted to know how to "butea superba".

I looked up some current (2006, even though they change rapidly) statistics on spam and it was pretty depressing. 2.5 billion spam porn emails are sent a day, and 40% of all email is, simply, spam. A single person will receive, on average, 2,200 spam emails a year out of the 12.4 billion spam emails sent out daily.

Probably the worst of all is that 8% of people purchase shit from spam emails and links! Who are these people?! They are the ones causing these fuckers to keep going...I'd like to hunt them all down and bash their skulls in!

I'd like to wrap this up with something pithy, but it's lunchtime now and I can't think on an empty stomach and the spam has made me cry...

Spam Babble

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

Remember when I posted the text of a spam email, wondering if it were some secret code?  If you read them, they really are quite fascinating.  I mean, don't you want to know what a "mung manhole" is?

Here's another, for your reading pleasure:

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Lift high my banner out of the dust

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Today I got a very strange spam mail in my Inbox. Not that they aren't all strange, but this one really seemed to stand out.

First, it made it through my spam filter by appearing as a simple forward. Inside I found this gem:

How are you,

Order Hudeea-Li,fe.

Hoo,dia-Li,fe is fastest and most effective appe,ti te sup,pre-ss,ant.

No funny taste in mouth.

I know it's a way of writing "appetite" to sneak through the filters, but I totally read it as "appa-tee-tee"; not quite sure what an appateetee is, but this stuff will supress it.

That isn't so strange. But the little limerick included at the end of the letter certainly was:

Of the Witch of the West.
That little time with lyre and rhyme.
Lift high my banner out of the dust. .
The Modern Man I sing..
The rest of us pinned the kid down on the ground..

You really have to wonder who sat and took the time to come up with this? Or was it randomly generated from some awful English-speaking poem generator the spammers use? I mean, what the hell is any of that supposed to mean?

And am I the only one who finds that last line a tad disturbing?

flub and tetrode

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

On the topic of unwanted email - have you ever read the weird paragraphs included with some spam? It's usually spam for an online university degree, penile enhancements, illegal prescriptions, home mortgages and loans. At the bottom you'll see a strange paragraph that, at first glance, appears to be a bunch of random search query words appended to the email.

But have you ever read them?

They almost make sense, in that they are sentences and can be "read" in a linear format. They don't really say anything sensible, but they are....interesting.

Here's one I got today:

flub and tetrode it's denaturalized nodosity a coincidental adouche in objectified the hitching ! wideness !imaginations grant sailorly weldor it uncatechized's edified institutions but uneulogized ! restrictions !bondman the guised it unequalized in frowardly a coliform but mired ! Chiron a loanda aElgin , republicanised in exoticness in puberal it's and endoneurium saffian Mattila illegitimatizes Pareto it periphery's adman trenchantly oscillating !
but foreignization's or crustacean's !

I know it's just "catch" words, but you have to wonder if it's some kind of strange spammer code. Perhaps it can be deciphered and it really reads something like, "Next month we begin Operation Stifle the Suck to prevent the beginning of Armageddon. Team One will be taking out Kevin Federline, and Team 2 will deal with Paris Hilton. These two can not be allowed to put out an album, lest the heavens will rain down hellfire from above and the angels will weep for the rest of eternity, and mankind, as we know it, will cease to be."

Hey, you never know.

A Nigerian 419 Letter Response

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

Who doesn't get these things? I was bored today and decided to write a pithy response and here it is. And no, I did not mail it back to the moron in question.

His email has been put as a link - send him something cute while it's still up.

His atrocious grammar, god-awful spelling and general massacring of the English language have been left as is. My responses in italics; enjoy:

Dear Friend,

You may be surprise to receive this letter from me,since you dont know me personally,

Not really, no. I get this kind of shit all the time.

I am Richards Mumbah. The son of Dr. Smith Mumbah, Who was recently murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe.

Really? Nice to meet you, Richards. I'm Princess Sophia Isadora Magdalena of Whisklick, Pluto, and heir to the throne of Whisklick and my grandfather's prized unicorn horn collection.

I got your contact as i was searching for a reliable and reputable person to handle a very confidential business which involve a transfer of fund to a foreign account and i decided to write you. My late father was among the few black Zimbabwean opposition party rich farmers murdered by the agents of the ruling Government of president Robert mugabe,for his alleged support and sympathy for the Zimbabwean opposition party controlled by the white minority,

Whoa there, padre. Way too much information. I really don't need all of this boring backstory. Let's get down to the nitty gritty - what the fuck do you want?

Before my father death,he had taken to johannesburg and deposited the sum of twenty five million united state dollars (US$25,000,000)with a security and financial company,

Your father must've been one damn good farmer. That's a lot of dough for a farmer, even a rich one. Exactly what was your father farming, Richards?

The money right now is in (EUROPE), as if he forseen the looming danger in zimbabwe. The money was deposited in a box as valuable items to avoid over taxed custom clearance.

He "forseen" it, eh? So he was physic, too? If he "forseen" coming danger why didn't he get the hell out of dodge rather than hiding his money? Not a lot of common sense, that physic oddly rich farming father of yours.

This money was allocated for the purchase of new machinery and chemical product for Agro-allied farms and for establishment of new farms in lesotho and swaziland.This land problems arose when president Robert mugabe introduced a new land act that wholly affected the rich white farmers and some blacks vehemently condemned the "modus operandi"adopted by the government.

*Yawn* B-o-r-i-n-g. You are boring me again, Richards. Let's move this bullshit along, shall we?

This result to rampant killings and mob action by the war veterans and some political Thugs,precisely more than three thousand( 3,000)people have so far been killed.Heads of government from the west, especially Britain and united states have voice their condemnation of Mugabe's plans.

You're probably one of those people that take 5 minutes longer than normal at the drive-thru window, eh? I really could give a shit less about the struggles of your country, your people, your family and, least of all, you. Would you get to the POINT already?

Subsequently, south Africa have development community(S.A.D.C)has continousy supported mugabe's new land act.

Can I interrupt you for just one moment here to say that your English skills are extremely lacking? You'd think if you were going to send a con letter to someone filled with lots of backstory bullshit and ridiculous requests you'd at least take the time to find a decent English translator so you don't come across as the illiterate, half-witted, treacherous, worthless sack of shit scam "artist" that you are.

It is against this background that my entire family who are currently residing in South Africa have decided to ! transfer my father's wealth and south Africa's government seems to be playing along with them.I am face with the dilemma of investing this money in south Africa for fear of encountering the same experience in the future, since both countries have almost the same political history.

Damn. Poor you. Can you hear my little violin?

Moreso,the south African foreign exchange policy does not allow such investment,Hence i am seeking for(political asylum) AS a business person whom i entrusted my future and that of my family into his hands, i must let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free and the nature of your business does not necessarily matter.

So let me get this straight. You, who can't even speak proper English, want me, whom you don't know from Adam, to help you with your money? Oh sure, that makes perfect sense. 100% risk free, you say? Well, hell, why wouldn't I want to deal with someone who randomly emails strangers asking them for help in handling millions of dollars? It sounds perfectly legitimate.

For your assistance we are offering you 20% of the sum ,70% for me and my family,while 10% will be mapped out for any expenses that we may incurre during this transaction.

20%, eh? Nah, I want 40%. Shit, while we're at it since this is all COMPLETE BULLSHIT, let me ask for 100%. I want it all, baby. As the Princess and heir to the throne of Whisklick, I demand it.

We wish to invest our money on commecial properties based on your advice.

Well, I know of a nice, big golden-ish bridge you might be interested in.

Finally, i will demand for assurance that you will not sit on the money when it gets to your personally account or comp! any account in your country, If this proposal is accepted please confirm your interest by sending this above to richmartin2005@netscape.net

It's a little early in our relationship for you to be "demanding" anything of me, Richards. I've got a demand, though. How's this, you quit emailing me this asinine crap and I won't forward your little email addy on to the US Secret Service's Financial Crimes Division, Netscape whose email account you are using for illegal purposes, or any of the embassies of the country you purport to be from, eh?

Thanks.

No, thank you, asshole, for the entertainment. Your badly written bullshit and pathetic attempts at scamming were a hoot to read.

God Bless You,
Richard Martins Mumbah.

Go Fuck Yourself,
Princess Sophia I. Magdalena

Spamish to English

Friday, March 4th, 2005

Kat brought up a good question in comments yesterday, asking what a particular "spamish" (as I call it) word was actually supposed to be.

Since I've made it sort of a hobby of mine to wade through my spam email's and record their subject lines to poke fun at, I've garnered somewhat of a knack for figuring out the strange language of "spamish".

I believe that sometimes the misspellings are intentional in an attempt to bypass spam filters (other times just because the senders are morons or don't speak proper English). Because of this, there are some misspellings that seem to be the "rule" in that they are always spelled incorrectly in the exact manner every time they appear.

Because I have nothing else to offer you right now, I decided to do up a little spamish-guide to help you translate your spam subject lines into English.

Because you give a shit, right?

Spamish to English Guide
pohoto - photo
hettsot - hottest
werhoes (also whroes) - whores
psortitute (also porstitute) - prostitute
roeslution - resolution
inncoennt - innocent
awmseoe - awesome
caroton - cartoon
stranegr - stranger
hleos - holes
hrony - horny
mmos - moms
wemon - women
ermxete - extreme

See, you learn something new every day.

Let's make a sentence in spamish, just for shits & giggles:
Did you see that high - roeslution pohoto of those awmseoe wemon doing ermxete sports?

Let's hear yours.