Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Announcing the ISC: International Spamming Commission

Recognising the danger of uncontrolled spam, we are pleased to announce the formation of the International Spamming Commission. Key regulatory measures will definitely include:
  • complete protection of certain species of spam; 
  • designate specified areas as spam sanctuaries; 
  • set limits on the numbers and size of spam;
  • prescribe open and closed seasons and areas for spamming;
Being nice guys, we do recognise the need for, and will allow, Aboriginal Subsistence Spamming. They will of course also be spamming for research purposes. (Or should that be... wait for it... porpoises!).

Stay tuned for more developments!

Monday, July 19, 2010

And the inheritances just keep flowing in...

Am I a lucky man or what? This from none other than the Prime Minister of the UK:
OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
TREASURY AND MINISTER FOR
THE CIVIL SERVICE,LONDON,
UNITED KINGDOM.

Our ref: BRT/1370/IDR
Your ref:...17/07/2010

I Rt Hon David Cameron MP,Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service British Government wish to inform you of your Inheritance Payment from British Government.Through my investigations and verification process on our Intelligent Monitoring Unit(I.M.U),i discovered that the Funds value(£2,000,000.00)Two Million Great British Pounds is tagged to your name with File #:BRT/1370/033, so this prompted the British Government, order the release of this Funds to you with immediate effect.

Great British Pounds indeed! This one I shall definitely follow up on. And please don't tell anyone else, since I have been warned:


TAKE NOTICE: That you are warned to stop further communications with any other person(s) or office(s) different from the staff of the State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to avoid hitches in receiving your payment.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Oh Nigeria!

Knocked out of the World Cup, and still churning out the spam-scam e-mails. Here's one I just got:

Hello  ,

I work with Oaks Court Chambers - United Kingdom. I got your contacts through the Office of Public Sector Information and Information Commissioner's Office.
There Is a possibility that you may be related to My late client, whom this Chambers owes a legal obligation. You may or may not be related to my client and If so, I will still workout the modalities of transferring heredity of his fund still under my custody at the finance house in Europe to you as Beneficiary

Could I indeed be in for a windfall? By viewing the headers 'inside' the e-mail, we gain an insight to the apparent route the e-mail has taken from sender to lucky recipient. Headers show details such as:

Received: from oaklawfirm@lawyer.com
    by imo-da03.mx.aol.com  (mail_out_v42.9.) id 3.c2d.7dc33f6f (55731);
    Wed, 7 Jul 2010 11:46:11 -0400 (EDT)
Received: from smtprly-de03.mx.aol.com (smtprly-de03.mx.aol.com
By tracing back the 'received from' IP addresses we can find the origin. However, there's a good online tool that simplifies the process. http://whatismyipaddress.com/trace-email will let you paste headers, and returns the geographic origin of the e-mail, thus:


Source:

The source IP address is 83.229.101.69.


Geo-Location Information

Country Nigeria