Spam Alert: Head of Account Dept

Spam Alert: Head of Account Dept

A new email threat has begun circulating.


Please read the following important information carefully. Emails such as this are a poorly disguised attempt to take advantage of trusting computer users. When sufficient emails of this type are broadcast, the spammer can expect some naive responses. It's referred to as a  'numbers game' : large volumes of spam are sent out every day with the intention fooling just a few people. Be like Roger Daltrey: don't get fooled again.

Subject: Head of Account

Text: Greetings

I'm Mr. Tomo Sand Nori Head of Account Dept, Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank,Japan.

I have a bussiness proposal of $40 million united states dollars for you. If int rested Contact me via my email: tomo2010@w.cn

Spam Alert: Head of Account Dept
Spam Alert: Head of Account Dept

Origin: IP Address 124.13.124.170, Malaysia

Threat Level: Email harvesting for probable identify theft and additional spam generation.

Attachment: None

Exposure: Responding to the email will provide your contact information to the spammer, which may or may not be legitimate. Clicking on the Reply button will generate a response to the email address "tomosandnori2@gala.net".

Pragmatism: The Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank may be a legitimate company, but they would not solicit business partners this way. The contact address in the body of the email, tomo2010@w.cn, is a domain that does not exist (w.cn). A legitimate Mitsubishi contact address would use the Mitsubishi.com domain. The "Reply To" email address is "tomosandnori2@gala.net", which is a domain registered to a mailing address in Simsbury, Connecticut.The Reply To address is concealed; it does not appear in the body of the message. The email address "susanna.cameriere@fastwebnet.it" appears when the message is opened for reading. This address appears to be from an Italian domain ("it"), but it cannot be verified.

Note that the word "Interested" is misspelled as "int rested" in the body of the message.

The email contains no specific information regarding the recipient. Certainly the Mitsubishi corporation would not blindly solicit participants in 40 million dollar deals from all corners of the world.

Strategy:

  • Delete the email.
  • Never respond to this type of email. Never give out contact info, social security numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, or any other private or personal information to an untrusted web site or email sender. Simply responding to the message confirms to the recipient that you actually exist.
  • Never open attachments from unrecognized senders.
  • Never forward any attachments from unrecognized senders.

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Just yesterday I received an e-mail from a fellow hubber saying she was stranded in Wales and was the victim of a robbery. She asked for $1550 to get her a new hotel and a flight home later. The real hubber had her e-mail account stolen!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Just like breakfastpop, my friend Susie received an email from a "friend" that said she was stranded in Canada asking for money so she could get home. The real friend had her account hacked.


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@breakfastpop and Tom Whitworth : I haven't received that one yet.

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