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  • 'Outstanding Warrant' Phone Scams
    Scammers posing as law-enforcement officers are cold-calling people and tricking them into paying over the phone to resolve supposedly outstanding warrants.
    Published: September 10, 2014

  • Fake Adobe Invoice Email Contains Malicious Macro
    Email purporting to be from the Adobe Billing Department claims that you can view an invoice for Adobe services by opening an attached Microsoft Word document.
    Published: August 26, 2014

  • SCAM - 'Facebook Work From Home Program'
    Message claims that Facebook has launched a new 'Work From Home' program that will allow users to make money from the comfort of their own homes.
    Published: August 25, 2014

  • MALWARE - 'Baker & McKenzie' Court Notice Email
    Email purporting to be from law firm Baker & McKenzie claims that you are scheduled to appear in court and should click a link to view a copy of the court notice.
    Published: August 20, 2014

  • PHISHING SCAM - 'Upgrade Your Bigpond Account'
    Message purporting to be from Australian internet and email service provider Bigpond claims that unused accounts are being cancelled to create more space and you must therefore click a link to re-activate your account and prevent its permanent closure.
    Published: August 14, 2014

  • PHISHING SCAM - Amazon 90% Discount Coupon Email
    Email claims that you are the winner of an Amazon discount coupon for 90% off any Amazon product.
    Published: August 13, 2014

  • Macro Virus Threat Returns - Beware Emails With Malicious Word Attachments
    Unsolicited emails with attached 'invoice' or 'payment' Microsoft Word documents ask users to enable Macros to view document contents.
    Published: July 24, 2014

  • Amazon 'Order Details' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from Amazon, thanks recipients for their order and invites them to view order details in an attached file.
    Published: July 24, 2014

  • Beware of Scams That Exploit M17 Disaster
    Sadly, callous criminals waste no time in exploiting disasters such as air-crashes, terrorist attacks, storms, or tsunamis.
    Published: July 17, 2014

  • RESHIPPING SCAM - 'Transportation Manager' Parcel Repacking Job Offer
    Email offers you a position as a 'Transportation Manager', a work-at-home job that involves accepting, repacking and reposting various parcels.
    Published: July 17, 2014

  • PHISHING - 'Security Alert Facebook Disabled' Email
    Message purporting to be from the Facebook Security team claims that, due to suspicious account activity that violates the Terms of Service, your Facebook account will be automatically disabled if you do not click a link and confirm account details within 12 hours.
    Published: July 15, 2014

  • LinkedIn 'Confirm Email Address' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from business orientated social network LinkedIn claims that your LinkedIn account has been blocked due to inactivity and, to restore access, you are required to click a link to confirm your email address.
    Published: July 14, 2014

  • MALWARE - 'British Airways - Your Flight Ticket Not Activated'
    Email purporting to be from British Airways claims that your flight ticket has not been activated and asks you to open an attached file and fill in a form to complete the ticket activation.
    Published: June 2, 2014

  • VALID - May 2014 eBay Password Reset Notification Email
    Email from online auction company eBay asks you to change your account password due to a security breach.
    Published: May 27, 2014

  • MALWARE - 'Justice.gov.uk Parking Fine Reminder Notice'
    'Reminder notice' email purporting to be from the UK's Ministry of Justice claims that the recipient owes money for a parking fine and should open an attached document for more information.
    Published: May 19, 2014

  • MALWARE - Paymer 'Thank You for Your Deposit' Email
    Message purporting to be from digital payment service Paymer thanks recipients for their deposit and claims that they can view the payment ticket in an attached file
    Published: May 5, 2014

  • Neil Trotter Lottery Win Advance Fee Scams
    Emails notify recipients that they have been selected to receive a large donation from UK Euromillions lottery winner Neil Trotter.
    Published: April 23, 2014

  • ADVANCE FEE SCAM - 'BBC Promo Email Award'
    Message claims that the recipient's email address has been selected as the winner of ?500,000 in the BBC Promo Email Award for 2014, a promotion organized by the BBC One National Lottery.
    Published: April 22, 2014

  • Heartbleed Bug - Users Warned to Change All Passwords
    Circulating messages warn users about a serious security flaw called 'Heartbleed' that could expose passwords and other sensitive information.
    Published: April 10, 2014

  • RingCentral 'New Fax Message' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from Internet fax service RingCentral claims that the recipient has a new fax message that can be viewed by opening an attached file.
    Published: April 9, 2014

  • 'New Voicemail' Pharmacy Spam Email
    Notification email purporting to be from messaging service Viper claims that the recipient has a new voicemail and can click a "Listen" button to hear the message.
    Published: April 8, 2014

  • Product Order Request Money Laundering Emails
    Emails sent to various companies or product providers ask recipients to reply with details of the available products with a view to a future order.
    Published: April 3, 2014

  • MALWARE - 'Confidential - ALL Employees Important Document'
    Email purporting to be a confidential message from the recipient's employer claims that all employees must fill out and submit an important document contained in an attached file.
    Published: April 2, 2014

  • Barclays 'Detected Irregular Activity' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from UK bank Barclays claims that irregular activity has been detected on the recipient's account and the account will therefore be restricted until the activity is verified.
    Published: April 1, 2014

  • 'Homicide Suspect' Malware Email - Fake Critical Reach Alert
    Message purporting to be from community alert system Critical Reach claims that recipients can read a bulletin about a homicide suspect by opening an attached file.
    Published: March 27, 2014

  • MALWARE - 'Suspicion of Cancer' Blood Test Results Email
    Email purporting to be from the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) claims that an analysis of the recipient's blood has revealed a low level of white blood cells that could indicate cancer. The message urges the recipient to print out test results contained in an attached file to give to his or her doctor.
    Published: March 14, 2014

  • Microsoft Account 'Outlook Web Access' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Microsoft Account Team claims that recipients must click a link to upgrade their email account and set up Outlook Web Access.
    Published: March 10, 2014

  • Microsoft Account 'Outlook Web Access' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Microsoft Account Team claims that recipients must click a link to upgrade their email account and set up Outlook Web Access.
    Published: March 10, 2014

  • PayPal 'Cancel Payment' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that the recipient has sent a payment to a specified merchant and offers instructions for cancelling the payment if required.
    Published: March 5, 2014

  • American Express 'Personal Security Key' Phishing Scam
    Email claiming to be from American Express instructs recipients to visit a website and create a Personal Security Key (PSK) as an account authentication measure.
    Published: February 26, 2014

  • Westpac 'Bill Payment Successfully Processed' Phishing Scam
    Message supposedly sent by Australian bank Westpac, notifies recipients that a payment to a biller has been successfully processed and invites them to click a link to view transaction details.
    Published: February 25, 2014

  • PayPal 'Your Transaction was Declined' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from PayPal claims that a transaction was declined because recent activity on the recipient's account seemed unusual. The email instructs users to process a form in an attached file to confirm account information.
    Published: February 20, 2014

  • Microsoft 'Reactivate Your Email Account' Phishing Scam
    Mail purporting to be from Microsoft claims that recipients must click a link to complete a 'one time automatic verification' in order to avoid having their email account suspended.
    Published: February 13, 2014

  • RBS 'Latest Statement Available' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) advises recipients that their latest statement and pre-advice of interest & charges is available for viewing online.
    Published: February 10, 2014

  • cPanel 'Account Verification' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from website hosting control system cPanel claims that recipients must click a link to login and re-confirm their accounts.
    Published: February 6, 2014

  • ANZ 'Upgrade to New System' Phishing Scam
    Email pretending to be from large Australian bank ANZ claims that customers must click a link to upgrade to a new system technology designed to give users maximum protection.
    Published: February 3, 2014

  • 'Image Has Been Sent by Evernote' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from note taking application Evernote claims that an image has been sent and invites users to click a link to view the image.
    Published: February 3, 2014

  • 'My Home is Burning' Facebook Phishing and Malware Scam
    Private Facebook message purporting to be from a friend of the recipient claims that the sender's house is burning to the ground. The recipient is invited to click a link to see footage of the fire.
    Published: December 31, 2013

  • Vodafone 'Check Your Bill Online' Phishing Scam"
    Email purporting to be from mobile phone service provider Vodafone, invites recipients to click a link to view their bill online.
    Published: December 19, 2013

  • 'Account Billing Subscription Expired' Virgin Media Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Virgin Media claims that the recipient's billing subscription has expired and the associated email account is about to be suspended.
    Published: December 4, 2013

  • PayPal 'Account Access Limited' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that the recipient's account has been limited because PayPal needs more information to help provide a secure service.
    Published: November 29, 2013

  • Gmail 'Account Update' Survey Scam Email
    Message purporting to be from Gmail claims that Gmail is implementing a new security system and account holders must therefore follow a link to "enrol" for the account enhancement.
    Published: November 19, 2013

  • Philippines Typhoon Disaster Scams
    Criminals are currently attempting to exploit the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan disaster by sending various messages designed to steal money and personal information from people wishing to help.
    Published: November 15, 2013

  • Wedding Invitation Malware Emails
    Email supposedly inviting recipients to an upcoming wedding instructs them to click a link to read the full invitation text.
    Published: November 15, 2013

  • 'Suspicious Guy Claiming He is You' Spam Emails
    Email purporting to be from "Customer Support", claims that "some suspicious guy" has tried to access a download that belongs to the recipient.
    Published: November 15, 2013

  • 'Missing Persons in Australia' Facebook Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook Page calling itself 'Missing Persons in Australia' claims that users can receive monetary rewards just by liking the page and sharing missing person posters published on the Page.
    Published: November 14, 2013

  • '200 Pieces of iPhone' Facebook Giveaway Scam
    Facebook Page claims that it is giving away 200 iPhones that cannot be sold because they are unsealed. The Page claims that users can get a chance to win one of the iPhones just be liking the Page, sharing a promotional image and commenting "done".
    Published: November 8, 2013

  • Gmail '4 Missed Emails' Pharmacy Spam
    Message purporting to be from Gmail claims that the recipient should click a link to read four missed emails.
    Published: November 8, 2013

  • 'Freedom Award Lottery Promotion Agency' Facebook Page Scam
    Facebook Page billing itself as the "Freedom Award Lottery Promotion Agency Company" acts as a contact point for people who have been notified that they have won a large sum of money in the "Facebook Freedom Lottery". During the course of the scam, victims may be tricked into giving their Facebook password to criminals.
    Published: November 7, 2013

  • ANZ Phishing Scam - 'We Detected a Login Attempt With a Valid Password'
    Notification email purporting to be from Australian bank, ANZ, claims that a login attempt with a valid password from an unrecognized device has been detected. Recipients are urged to click an account review link if they did not make such a login attempt.
    Published: November 6, 2013

  • 'Microsoft Facebook Yahoo Windows Live Award' Advance Fee Scam
    Message claims the recipient has won ?650,000 in a prize award organized by Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Windows Live and should contact the "fiduciary agent" to begin processing of the prize claim.
    Published: November 5, 2013

  • Charles F. Feeney 'Grant Donation' Advance Fee Scam
    Email purporting to be from millionaire philanthropist Charles Francis Feeney claims that the recipient has been awarded a grant of 1.9 million US dollars based on the random selection of his or her email address online.
    Published: November 5, 2013

  • 'Apple ID Information Updated' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Apple claims that the recipient's Apple ID information was updated. The recipient is urged to click a link and change the account password if her or she believes that the change was in error or was unauthorised.
    Published: November 5, 2013

  • 'Really Bad Virus' Warning
    Circulating social media message warns users about a "really bad virus" that can encrypt your entire computer and show a message demanding that you send $300 to a specified address.
    Published: October 30, 2013

  • BMW M5 Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    Messages being shared on Facebook claim that "for the 1st time on Facebook", users who like a Facebook Page, share the promotional image and comment with their desired car colour can have a chance to win a BMW M5.
    Published: October 30, 2013

  • 'Baby Andrei Needs Help' Facebook Page Donations Scam
    Facebook Page asks users to send donations to help Baby Andrei who was born with almost no intestines.
    Published: October 30, 2013

  • 'Pieces of iPad' Giveaway Facebook Scam
    Message being shared across Facebook claims that a particular Page is giving away 193 "pieces of iPad 2" to users who share an image and like the Page.
    Published: October 29, 2013

  • Chevrolet Camaro Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook Page claims that "for the first time ever in Facebook history" a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro is being given away on Facebook. To enter, users are instructed to like the Fan Page, share an image of the Camaro, and state their desired car colour via a comment.
    Published: October 23, 2013

  • PayPal 'ASDA Stores Order' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that the recipient has submitted an order for 59.99 GBP to Asda Stores.
    Published: October 23, 2013

  • Qantas Job Offer Scam Email
    Email purporting to be from Australian airline Qantas claims that a number of jobs are available at the company and invites interested applicants to email their resume for consideration.
    Published: October 14, 2013

  • Payment Slip Confirmation Malware Email
    Email asks recipients to confirm a supposed payment by reviewing a payment slip contained in an attached file.
    Published: October 10, 2013

  • American Express 'Unusual Activity' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from credit card provider American Express claims that irregular and unusual activity has been detected on the recipient's account and he or she must click a link to verify account details or the account will be restricted.
    Published: October 10, 2013

  • 'Secutiry Info' Phone Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from the "technical security services department" claims that an error found in the user's account could result in an account suspension unless the user calls an included phone number to validate card information.
    Published: October 8, 2013

  • IRS 'Invalid File Alert' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from the IRS claims that errors have been found in files electronically submitted by the recipient.
    Published: October 1, 2013

  • Advance Fee Scam - 'MasterCard World Lottery 2013'
    Message purporting to be from credit card provider MasterCard claims that the recipient has won a million dollars in the MasterCard World Lottery for 2013.
    Published: September 26, 2013

  • Phone Text Message Credit Card Phishing Scam
    "Mobile banking alert" sent via phone text message claims that the recipient's debit card has been blocked. The message instructs the recipient to go to a "personal link" to unblock the card.
    Published: September 26, 2013

  • Disney Cruise Line Job Offer Scam
    Email purporting to be from Disney Cruise Line claims that a number of positions are currently available and invites recipients to contact a "client service officer" to get an application form.
    Published: September 25, 2013

  • MoneyGram International 73rd Anniversary Reward Advance Fee Scam
    Message purporting to be from MoneyGram claims that the company is rewarding customers with prizes of $60,000 as a means of celebrating its 73rd Anniversary.
    Published: September 19, 2013

  • Radisson Blu Hotel Job Vacancy Scam Email
    Email purporting to be from international hotel chain, Radisson claims that jobs are available at a Radisson hotel in London and interested applicants should email their CV's or call for further discussions.
    Published: September 18, 2013

  • Reshipping Fraud - Parcel Mule Scams
    Jobs offered online or via email claim that participants can earn money by receiving items and resending them to specified addresses.
    Published: September 13, 2013

  • 'Apple Account Frozen' Phishing Scam
    Email claiming to be from Apple advises that the recipient's Apple account has been frozen and will remain frozen until the recipient opens an attached file and validates account information.
    Published: September 13, 2013

  • HM Revenue & Customs Refund of Overpayments Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the UK tax department HM Revenue & Customs claims that the recipient has made tax overpayments over the last three years and is therefore owed a refund. The recipient is instructed to fill in a form contained in an attached file to claim the repayment.
    Published: September 12, 2013

  • Apple iPhone 5c Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook Page claims that users who like and share a promotional image can gain a chance to win a new Apple iPhone 5c.
    Published: September 11, 2013

  • Fake Companies House Emails Contain Malware
    Emails purporting to be from the UK government's Companies House claim that a company complaint has been submitted against the recipient. The emails claim that more information can be viewed by opening an attached file.
    Published: September 11, 2013

  • Land Registry Debit Notification Malware Emails
    Emails purporting to be from the UK's Land Registry claim that fees will be debited from the recipient's account in the coming days. The messages claim that users can access details about the fees to be debited by opening an attached file.
    Published: September 10, 2013

  • 'Email Account Pending Deactivation' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the "Mail Administrator" claims that the user's email account is pending deactivation and will be terminated within 24 hours if the user does not click a link to sign in and update the account.
    Published: September 6, 2013

  • NatWest 'Bonus Reward' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from UK bank NatWest, claims that the recipient's account has been selected to receive a bonus. The recipient is instructed to click a link to confirm identity and claim the bonus.
    Published: September 6, 2013

  • Google Support 'Message Blocked' Pharmacy Spam Email
    Email purporting to be from Google Support claims that a message sent by the recipient has been blocked. The recipient is urged to click a link to read the blocked message or get more information.
    Published: September 5, 2013

  • Bogus LinkedIn Invites Open Drug Store Spam Sites
    Message purporting to be from business orientated social network LinkedIn claims that a user has invited the recipient to connect on the network.
    Published: September 3, 2013

  • Kitten Giveaway Scam
    Reply to an online enquiry about free kittens claims that the sender is giving away two registered pedigree kittens and that the recipient need only pay for the shipping of the animals to adopt them.
    Published: September 3, 2013

  • Dave and Angela Dawes Advance Fee Lottery Scams
    Email purporting to be from UK lottery winners Dave and Angela Dawes claims that recipients have been randomly selected to receive 1.5 million pounds from the couple as part of a charity initiative.
    Published: August 30, 2013

  • Michelin Global Grant Program Advance Fee Scam
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    Published: August 28, 2013

  • Western Union Mystery Shopper Money Laundering Scam
    Email offers the recipient work as a mystery shopper evaluating Western Union outlets. The messages claim workers will be sent certified checks to cover evaluation costs and their pay.
    Published: August 26, 2013

  • Phishing Email Masquerades as 'Trojan Virus' Infection Warning
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    Published: August 22, 2013

  • Westpac 'New Confirmation Form' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Australian bank Westpac claims that all customers must complete and submit a new "confirmation form" contained in an attached file.
    Published: August 22, 2013

  • JetBlue Vacation Giveaway Like Farming Scam
    Facebook Page posing as a JetBlue Airways page claims that Facebook users can win a six day all expenses paid vacation just by liking and sharing a promotional image.
    Published: August 19, 2013

  • Suncorp Bank 'New Database Transfiguration' Phishing Scam
    Email claims that the recipient's Suncorp account is about to expire due to a "new database transfiguration" and he or she must click a "security link" to keep the account from being suspended.
    Published: August 16, 2013

  • Delta Airlines Survey Scam
    Facebook Page masquerading as an official Delta Airlines Page claims that it is giving Facebook users who share a promotional image and click a link the chance to win an all expenses paid trip to Disney World.
    Published: August 15, 2013

  • 'Unclaimed Tesco Voucher' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from Tesco claims that the recipient is eligible to receive 2000 pounds worth of unclaimed Tesco vouchers.
    Published: August 9, 2013

  • ATO Tax Refund Malware Emails
    Email purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) claims that the recipient is eligible for a tax refund and should open an attached .zip file containing a Microsoft Word document for further details.
    Published: August 8, 201

  • Six Flags Free Season Tickets Like-Farming Scam
    Message being distributed on Facebook claims that Six Flags theme parks are giving away free season tickets to Facebook users who like and share a promotional image and click a link to claim their prize.
    Published: August 6, 2013

  • Bank of America 'Transaction is Completed' Malware Emails
    Emails purporting to be from Bank of America claim that a transaction has been completed and that a large sum of money has been successfully transferred. The message claims that a payment receipt is included in an attached file.
    Published: August 1, 2013

  • BT Yahoo! Mail 'Classic Version Closing' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from BT Yahoo warns recipients that the classic version of the BT Yahoo! email system is closing and users must click a link to upgrade to the new system. Users are warned that their email will no longer work if they fail to upgrade.
    Published: July 30, 2013

  • X Factor Australia Like Farming Scam
    Facebook Page purporting to be the X Factor Australia fan page claims that users who like the Page and share a promotional image can win 1 of 250 iMac computers.
    Published: July 30, 2013

  • Costco Voucher Giveaway Like-Farming and Survey Scam
    Circulating Facebook messages claim that users can get a $500 voucher from Costco by liking and sharing a picture, posting a comment and clicking a link.
    Published: July 29, 2013

  • Gareth & Catherine Bull Advance Fee Lottery Scam
    Email purporting to be from UK lottery winners Gareth & Catherine Bull claims that the couple has decided to donate ?1.5 million to ten people as part of a charity project and that the recipient is one of those selected.
    Published: July 26, 2013

  • Qantas 'E-Ticket Itinerary Receipt' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from Australian based airline Qantas claims that recipients can view an 'E-Ticket Itinerary Receipt' by opening an attached file.
    Published: July 25, 2013

  • American Express 'Online Security Service Notification' Phishing Scam
    Email claiming to be from American Express informs recipients that they must click a link to update online banking account information because new security measures are being imposed.
    Published: July 24, 2013

  • Bank of America Merchant Statement Malware Email
    Message purporting to be from Bank of America claims that recipients can view a Paymentech electronic Merchant Billing Statement by opening an attached file.
    Published: July 23, 2013

  • ?Disneyland SuMMer Vacation? Free Tickets Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook Page claims to be giving away several hundred tickets to Disneyland because the tickets have been returned and therefore cannot be sold.
    Published: July 23, 2013

  • MBNA 'Request to Terminate Online Card Services' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from online credit card provider MBNA claims that they are processing the recipient's request to terminate his or her online card services. The user is instructed to click a link if he or she did not request such a termination and wishes to continue using the service.
    Published: July 18, 2013

  • 'Confirm Your Apple Account' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from Apple claims that the recipient needs to click a link to log into his or her Apple account and confirm ownership.
    Published: July 18, 2013

  • Windows Live - Hotmail Account Closure Phishing Scam
    Emails purporting to be from Windows Live - Hotmail Customer Care claim that the recipient must confirm his or her Windows Live account by replying with account login details within a specified time frame or risk having the account closed down. Alternative versions instruct users to click a link to supply login details.
    Published: December 3, 2009

  • Harvey Norman Like Farming Scam
    Facebook Page touting itself as the official Harvey Norman Australia Facebook Page claims that users who share and like a promotional photograph can win a 40 inch Samsung Smart TV.
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  • Amazon 'Important Message From Security Center' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Security Center at Amazon Web Services claims that recipients need to click a link to read an important message or risk having their Amazon account restricted.
    Published: July 11, 2013

  • Amazon 'Important Message From Security Center' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Security Center at Amazon Web Services claims that recipients need to click a link to read an important message or risk having their Amazon account restricted.
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  • Kmart Australia Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
    Facebook Page claiming to be the official Kmart Australia page offers giveaways of expensive items such as TV's and iPads to users who like the page and share its images.
    Published: July 10, 2013

  • Expedia Travel Itinerary Malware Email
    Email purporting to be a trip itinerary from travel booking service Expedia.com.au provides details for a recently booked trip and claims that recipients can view trip details in an attached file.
    Published: July 9, 2013

  • 'Google Account Hacked' Text Message Scam
    Text message claims that the recipient's Google account has been hacked and he or she needs to reply with a specified code word to receive a call to verify and reactivate the account.
    Published: July 9, 2013

  • Wonga.com 'Account Error' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from short-term loan company Wonga.com claims that, due to a database error, customers must fill in and submit an attached HTML form to update their account and avoid a hold being placed on their funds.
    Published: July 5, 2013

  • Pepsi Cola Bottling Company 'Grant Compensation' Advance Fee Scam
    Message purporting to be from the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company claims that the recipient has won $890,000 in the company's 2013 "grant compensation" draw and need only tender an insurance fee of $141 to claim the prize.
    Published: July 3, 2013

  • Advance Fee Scammers Using Cloned FB Accounts To Gain Victims
    A description of how advance fee scammers are using cloned Facebook profiles to find new victims.
    Published: July 3, 2013

  • Browser and Operating System Survey Scam
    Links in various spam emails point to a website that claims that recipients cam win an expensive prize in exchange for filling in an "opinion survey" about the browser and operating system that they are using.
    Published: July 1, 2013

  • Bank of Montreal 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) claims that it is conducting a customer survey and will credit $180 to the accounts of those willing to participate.
    Published: June 25, 2013

  • like-Farming Giveaway Scam Pretends to be Official Argos Facebook Page
    Facebook Page, which masquerades as the official Page for UK retail store Argos, claims that that users who share a photo and like the Page can win a 47 inch HD TV.
    Published: June 21, 2013

  • Advance Fee Scam - Google 15th Anniversary Awards
    Message purporting to be from Google claims that the "email owner" has won eight hundred thousand British pounds in the Google 15th Anniversary Awards.
    Published: June 19, 2013

  • HM Revenue & Customs 'Unclaimed Refund' Phishing Scam
    Email, purporting to be from the UK's HM Revenue & Customs, advises that the recipient is yet to claim a tax refund and should click a link to submit a tax refund request.
    Published: June 17, 2013

  • Ticketmaster 'Ticket Order Confirmation' Scam Emails
    Email purporting to be from event ticket provider, Ticketmaster claims to be a "ticket order confirmation" for a recent ticket purchase. The message claims that details of the ticket purchase can be found in an attached file.
    Published: June 11, 2013

  • UPS 'Parcel Has Been Found' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from UPS claims that a parcel lost in the Christmas rush has now been found and sent. The email contains a link that supposedly opens a shipment label for the parcel.
    Published: June 7, 2013

  • NAB Survey Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from the National Australia Bank (NAB) claims that customers can earn a reward of $100 by clicking a link and filling in an online form.
    Published: June 6, 2013

  • Vodafone Tax Refund Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from phone service provider Vodafone claims that recipients are eligible to receive a tax refund and should click a link to access an online refund form.
    Published: June 4, 2013

  • Vodafone System Update Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from phone service provider Vodafone claims that, due to a new system update, customers must click a link to login and confirm their email address.
    Published: June 4, 2013

  • SunTrust Bank Phishing Scam Email
    Email purporting to be an Activity Summary from US based bank SunTrust claims that the recipient's contact information has been updated and that he or she can click a link to view the updates.
    Published: June 3, 2013

  • Facebook Account Locked Due to Malware Warning
    Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to click on a popup window advising that their Facebook account has been temporarily locked because malware has been detected on their computer. According to the message, clicking "continue" on the popup will install a virus that will wipe out the user's computer.
    Published: May 29, 2013

  • 'European Financial Surveillance Union' Advance Fee Scam
    Message purporting to be from an entity called the "European Financial Surveillance Union" claims that a "payment verdict" has been reached and that funds previously promised to the recipient but never sent will now finally be payed via an immediate cash delivery.
    Published: May 28, 2013

  • Facebook 'Fan Page Verification Program' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from Facebook Security claims that a new security feature called the "Fan Page Verification Program" is being implemented and that Page owners must click a link and choose a ten digit security code to complete the process. Recipients are warned that their Page will be suspended permanently if the process is not completed by May 30, 2013.
    Published: May 24, 2013

  • Lottery Scammers Exploit Names of Real Lottery Winners Violet and Allen Large
    Email purporting to be from Canadian Lottery winners Violet and Allen Large claims that the couple has decided to donate $2 million of their winnings to the recipient. The message asks the recipient to contact the couple via email to find out more details about the donation.
    Published: May 22, 2013

  • Eminem was NOT Stabbed
    Message circulating via social media claims that rapper Eminem has been stabbed four times and urges recipients to click a link to view a video of the stabbing.
    Published: May 15, 2013

  • ANZ 'Quick 3-Question Survey' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from ANZ claims that recipients can have $35 credited to their accounts just for opening an attached file and filling in a brief survey.
    Published: May 14, 2013

  • 'Facebook Online International Lottery' Advance Fee Scam
    Email purporting to be from Facebook claims that the recipient has won $950,000 in the annual Facebook Online International Lottery and should contact the Facebook "disbursement department" to claim the prize.
    Published: May 10, 2013

  • Citibank Paymentech Billing Statement Malware Emails
    Email purporting to be from Citibank Paymentech invites recipients to open an attached file to view a Merchant Billing Statement.
    Published: May 7, 2013

  • 'Wire Transfer Canceled' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from the US Federal Reserve claims that a wire transfer sent from the recipient's bank account was not processed and that details about the transfer can be viewed in an attached file.
    Published: May 1, 2013

  • BMW Advance Fee Prize Scam
    Email purporting to be from car maker BMW claims that the recipient has won 450,000 pounds and a BMW in an "international promotion program" run by the company.
    Published: May 1, 2013

  • Craigslist Overpayment Scam Warning Message
    Message circulating on Facebook describes a Craigslist user's experience with an an overpayment scam and warns other users to watch out for such criminal tactics.
    Published: April 23, 2013

  • Fake Cover-More Insurance Emails Carry Malware
    Message circulating on Facebook describes a Craigslist user's experience with an an overpayment scam and warns other users to watch out for such criminal tactics.
    Published: April 18, 2013

  • Fake Cover-More Insurance Emails Carry Malware
    Email purporting to be a policy purchase notification from Australian travel insurance provider Cover-More urges recipients to open an attached .zip file to view a Certificate of Insurance.
    Published: April 17, 2013

  • NatWest 'Inadequate Security Enrollment' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from UK bank NatWest, claims that the recipient's online banking has been disabled due to "Inadequate security enrollment" or a login error. The recipient is instructed to click a link to login to reactive the account.
    Published: April 11, 2013

  • Warning Code: 11XXTT8765' Email Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the "Admin Team" claims that, due to a scheduled maintenance and upgrade, users must reply with their email password or their email account will be terminated.
    Published: April 5, 2013

  • 'Your PayPal Account Was Deleted' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that the recipient's PayPal account has been deleted and he or she must click a "Recover Account" link to get the account back.
    Published: April 3, 2013

  • Child Porn Ransomware Warning
    Circulating message warns users about a type of virus that locks files on the infected computer and threatens to inform the police that the victim has been downloading child porn if he or she does not pay a fee to have incriminating files removed.
    Published: March 25, 2013

  • ACH Processing Service Malware Email
    Message purporting to be from the Automated Clearing House (ACH) claims that a file submitted by a user has been successfully processed and invites recipients to click a link to read more information about the large sum transactions listed.
    Published: http://www.hoax-slayer.com/ach-file-processed-malware.shtml

  • Beware - 'Unsealed' Product Giveaways on Facebook
    AVarious Pages on Facebook claim to be giving away expensive products such as iPads, smart phones and beauty products because they are unsealed and therefore cannot be sold. Participants are instructed to "like" the Page and share a photo to earn a chance to receive one of the free products.
    Published: March 21, 2013

  • Fake CNN Emails About Pope Point to Malware
    Emails purporting to be CNN notifications suggest that recipients click a link to read CNN.com articles relating to the pope.
    Published: March 20, 2013

  • 'Confidential Document' Google Docs Phishing Scam
    Email asks the recipient to click a link to view an important confidential document in Google Docs.
    Published: March 18, 2013

  • AOL Password Phishing Scam - 'TJ2117 Virus Detected'
    Email purporting to be from AOL claims that a TJ2117 virus has been detected in the recipient's computer folders and he or she must click a link to login and switch to a secure anti virus system.
    Published: March 15, 2013

  • Westpac '3 Incorrect Logins' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Australian bank Westpac, claims that the recipient's account has been limited due to three incorrect login attempts and he or she should fill in and submit an attached form within 24 hours, or the account may be suspended.
    Published: March 13, 2013

  • Xbox 720 Bogus Facebook Giveaway
    Message being distributed on Facebook claims that users can have the chance to win an Xbox 720 by liking and sharing a promotional image and liking an associated Facebook Page.
    Published: March 7, 2013

  • Free PlayStation 4 For Testers Survey Scam
    Messages being distributed on Facebook claim that Sony is looking for people to test the new PlayStation 4 and that they will get to keep the test PlayStation so long as they like a Facebook Page and share the post.
    Published: March 7, 2013

  • Rihanna 'S3X' Tape Survey Scam Messages Hit Facebook
    Messages spreading via Facebook comments promise clickers salacious footage of popular singing star Rihanna and her boyfriend.
    Published: February 28, 2013

  • BT Yahoo 'Final Warning' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be a "Final Warning" from BT Yahoo claims that users must immediately click a link to verify their account before they can receive pending emails.
    Published: February 28, 2013

  • Facebook Team Security 2013 Phishing Scam - 'Last Warning - Your Account Will Be Disabled'
    Message purporting to be a "last warning" from Facebook Security 2013 claims that recipients must click a link and re-confirm their account within 24 hours or their Facebook account will be deleted.
    Published: February 26, 2013

  • O2 Shop 'View Bill Online' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from UK based service provider O2, claims that recipients can open an attached file to view their bill online.
    Published: February 16, 2013

  • 'Facebook Technical Support' Pharmacy Spam
    Email purporting to be a notification from Facebook Technical Support claims that the recipient has a message awaiting a response and he or she should click a "Go to Facebook" button to read the message
    Published: February 9, 2013

  • Taylor Swift 'Sex Tape Leaked' Facebook Scam
    Message on Facebook claims that popular US singer Taylor Swift's iPhone has been hacked and that recipients can click a link to view a sex tape taken from the phone and leaked on the Internet.
    Published: February 6, 2013

  • Free Disneyland Tickets Survey Scam
    Various Facebook messages claim that users can receive free tickets to Disneyland by liking and sharing a picture and participating in online surveys.
    Published: February 5, 2013

  • Bogus Telstra 'Email Bill' Carries Malware
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    Published: February 3, 2013

  • Criminals Use Names of Lottery Winners Adrian and Gillian Bayford in Advance Fee Scams
    Emails purporting to be from UK EuroMillions winners Adrian and Gillian Bayford claim that the the recipient's email address was selected as a winner of a cash grant of one million pounds.
    Published: January 14, 2013

  • Westpac 'Credit Card Suspended' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from large Australian bank Westpac claims that there was an error detected in the recipient's credit card account and asks him or her to click a link to update account information or risk permanent suspension of the card.
    Published: January 11, 2013

  • RuneScape 'Real World Trading Account Notice' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Jagex, owners of popular online game RuneScape, claims that recipients have violated the company's legal policies by trading virtual items outside of the game environment or transferring an account . The message warns that offending accounts will be disabled if recipients do not click a link and fill in a "security form".
    Published: December 18, 2012

  • 'You Have Received a Secure Message' Malware Emails
    Email claims that you have received a secure message which can be read by opening an attached file.
    Published: December 13, 2012

  • Australian Power & Gas 'Payment Receipt' Malware Emails
    Email purporting to be from Australian Power & Gas claims that recipients can review details of a recent credit card transaction by opening an attached file.
    Published: December 11, 2012

  • Gmail 'Update Account' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from webmail provider Gmail claims that recipients must click a link to verify their accounts and update information or risk having the accounts permanently deleted.
    Published: December 11, 2012

  • RapidFax Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from fax to email service RapidFax claims that a received fax can be viewed by opening an attached file.
    Published: December 5, 2012

  • 'Assistance Internet' Email Account Phishing Scam
    Email claiming to be from an organization called "Assistance Internet" claims that all email account holders must verify their accounts by replying with their account details and other personal information.
    Published: November 30, 2012

  • Jetstar 'Flight Itinerary' Malware Email
    Email purporting from Australian airline Jetstar, claims that recipients can view a flight itinerary by opening an attached file.
    Published: November 29, 2012

  • Virgin Money 'Re-Confirm SiteKey' Phishing Scam
    Email claiming to be from Virgin Money and styled as a Virgin Money Magazine claims that recipients must click a link to re-confirm their account SiteKey due to a recent database upgrade.
    Published: November 28, 2012

  • Tesco Christmas Voucher Phishing Scam
    Email claims that Tesco Bank is giving out free Tesco Christmas shopping vouchers to recipients who click a link to validate their account details.
    Published: November 22, 2012

  • ANZ 'Reward for Loyal Customers' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from large Australian and New Zealand bank ANZ, claims that the bank is rewarding its most loyal customers by offering them a gift of $300. Recipients are instructed to click a link and supply login and other personal information to claim their gift.
    Published: November 21, 2012

  • Undertaker - John Cena 'Bloodiest Fight Ever' Survey Scam
    Message being distributed on Facebook claims WWE wrestler Undertaker suffered a severe head injury in a fight with fellow wrestler John Cena and invites users to click a link to view a video of this "bloodiest fight ever on WWE'.
    Published: November 20, 2012

  • Target 'Free Gift Voucher' Survey Scam
    Message appearing on Facebook walls claims that users can get a free Target voucher worth $500 by clicking a link in the message.
    Published: add

  • Fake Tsunami Warning 'News' Report Points to Malware
    Email designed to resemble a news report claims that Australian earthquake and volcano experts have predicted that a massive tsunami will hit Australia on New Year's Eve. The message asks recipients to click a button to watch a video about the prediction.
    Published: November 19, 2012

  • Reserve Bank Of India Phishing ScamE
    Email purporting to be from the Reserve Bank of India claims that all Indian bank customers must update their account details to accommodate a new security system.
    Published: November 19, 2012

  • Suncorp Bank '1 Unread Message' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from Australian financial entity Suncorp, urges recipients to click a link to view an unread message in their online banking account.
    Published: November 13, 2012

  • USPS Malware Emails
    Email purporting to be from the United States Postal Service (USPS) claims that a parcel could not be delivered due to an address error and instructs recipients to click a link to print out a shipping label.
    Published: November 5, 2012

  • Rumors Regarding FEMA and Hurricane Sandy
    Following a natural disaster, and especially one affecting a densely populated area as happened with Hurricane Sandy, it has become almost standard operating procedure for scammers and con-men to take advantage of the situation.
    Published: November 5, 2012

  • Lloyds TSB 'Internet Banking Account Status' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from UK bank Lloyds TSB, and apparently signed by Lloyds own Digital Banking Director, explains how customers can benefit from using Intent banking and urges them to click a button to login and start using the service.
    Published: October 18, 2012

  • Skype 'lol is this your new profile pic' Ransomware Warnings
    Warnings circulating via email, text message and social media posts warn users to watch out for Skype "lol is this your new profile pic" SMS messages because links in these messages lead to malware.
    Published: October 17, 2012

  • DealsDirect Phishing Scam
    Emails purporting to be from Australian online store DealsDirect supposedly offer gift vouchers or heavily discounted products and entice recipients to click links in the emails to take advantage of these offers.
    Published: October 17, 2012

  • LinkedIn 'Invitation to Connect' Malware Emails
    Email purporting to be from business focused social network, LinkedIn asks recipients to click buttons to accept or ignore an invitation to connect to a LinkedIn user.
    Published: October 17, 2012

  • Facebook 'Blocked Account' Scam Email
    Email purporting to be from Facebook claims that you have blocked your Facebook account and will need to follow links in the message in order to login and reactivate it.
    Published: October 16, 2012

  • Bank of Queensland 'Security Message' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Bank of Queensland (BOQ) urges the recipient to click a login link in order to read an important security message.
    Published: October 15, 2012

  • ADP 'Transaction Reports' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from payroll company ADP claims that the recipient's bank account will be debited for the amount shown on a transaction report that can be viewed by clicking a link in the message.
    Published: October 15, 2012

  • 'Interested in Using Your Photo for Pepsi Ad' - Money Laundering Scam
    Message purporting to be from Pepsi, claims that the company wishes to use one of the recipient's pictures in an advertisement and will arrange payment for use of the image once the recipient has replied with name and contact details.
    Published: October 11, 2012

  • NatWest 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from UK bank NatWest, claims that the recipient has been selected to receive a 100 pound gift certificate as a reward for participating in a customer satisfaction survey. Recipients are invited to click a link to fill in a form and receive their reward.
    Published: October 8, 2012

  • Yorkshire Building Society - Egg Account Transfer Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Yorkshire Building Society claims that, due to the transfer of Egg Savings and Mortgage accounts, existing customers are required to update their details by filling in and submitting an attached form.
    Published: October 4, 2012

  • Skype 'Password Successfully Changed' Scam Email
    Email purporting to be from Skype notifies users that their Skype password has been successfully changed and advises them to follow a link to restore the password if "anything doesn't look right".
    Published: October 4, 2012

  • Miley Cyrus 'Sex Tape' Facebook Scam
    "Breaking News" message being pushed out across Facebook claims that a sex video of Miley Cyrus has been leaked on the Internet and invites users to click a link to view the footage.
    Published: October 2, 2012

  • AT&T 'Account Limit Exceeded' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from AT&T claims that the recipient's email account limit has been exceeded and that the account will therefore be suspended unless it is verified within 24 hours.
    Published: October 2, 2012

  • Visa - Mastercard 'Security Incident' Phishing Scam
    Email claiming to be from the "Identity Theft Department" of both Visa and Mastercard warns recipients of a security incident that may have put their financial information at risk. The email asks recipients to click a link to activate their credit cards.
    Published: September 27, 2012

  • 'Letter from Barack Obama' Advance Fee Scam
    Email purporting to be from none other than US President Barack Obama claims that the recipient will be arrested on money laundering and terrorism charges unless he or she provides a document confirming ownership of a fund from Nigeria.
    Published: September 27, 2012

  • Better Business Bureau 'Complaint Received' Malware Emails
    Email purporting to be from the Better Business Bureau claims that a complaint has been received about the recipient. The recipient is advised to click a link and provide a response or risk cancellation of BBB accreditation status.
    Published: September 26, 2012

  • Windows Email Security Update Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Microsoft claims that the recipient's Windows installation records are out of date and that he or she must therefore update email account details by clicking a "Verify" button.
    Published: September 19, 2012

  • Gmail 'Free Apple iPad Reward' Survey Scam
    Email purporting to be from Gmail, claims that the recipient has been randomly chosen as a winner of an Apple iPad and should visit a website and participate in various "promotional giveaways" in order to claim his or her prize.
    Published: September 19, 2012

  • 'Personal Assistant' Money Laundering Scam
    Email claims that the sender requires a part-time personal assistant to handle financial activities and run various errands in return for a generous weekly wage.
    Published: September 18, 2012

  • PayPal 'Refund Pending' Phishing Scam
    Message claims that the recipient has a refund pending from PayPal due to a mistakenly applied late payment charge. The recipient is instructed to complete the refund transaction by clicking a link and logging into his or her PayPal account.
    Published: September 13, 2012

  • Student Finance England 'Payment Cancelled' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Student Finance England claims that the recipient's student payments may be delayed or cancelled if he or she does not click a link and verify account information.
    Published: September 12, 2012

  • All-In-One Shopping Voucher Malware
    Email claims that several British supermarket chains have collaborated to offer customers an all-in-one shopping voucher worth ?30. The email asks users to click a link for more information and to download the shopping voucher.
    Published: September 12, 2012

  • NatWest 'Account Locked' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from UK bank NatWest, claims that recipient's bank account has been locked due to incorrect account information and that he or she must therefore click a link to correct the information and regain access.
    Published: September 11, 2012

  • 'Catholic Charities Organization' Money Laundering Scam
    Email purporting to be from Catholic Charities Organization Malaysia claims that a representative in Canada is needed to receive donation from the "American Region", deduct 10% of each donation as renumeration and send the remainder back to the parent organization in Malaysia.
    Published: September 7, 2012

  • ACMA 'Security Upgrade' Phishing Scam
    Supposedly urgent email purporting to be from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) claims that recipients must upgrade their broadband accounts to enable new security measures.
    Published: September 3, 2012

  • American Express 'Security Verification' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from American Express claims recipients must open an attached file and fill in a form in order to verify their American Express account information.
    Published: September 3, 2012

  • Free Flights on Southwest Spam Emails
    "Travel Confirmation" emails supposedly offer two free flights on Southwest Airlines and urge recipients to click links to verify their information and claim their flights.
    Published: August 30, 2012

  • Woolworths 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be a "Customer Satisfaction Survey" from Australian supermarket chain, Woolworths claims that the recipient can receive a $50 gift certificate just for clicking a link and participating in a short 5 question survey.
    Published: August 29, 2012

  • Pharmacy Spam Emails Pretend to be From Vimeo
    Emails purporting to be from video sharing website Vimeo claim that the recipient's video has been approved and that an unread message about the video is available by clicking a link.
    Published: http://www.hoax-slayer.com/vimeo-pharmacy-spam.shtml

  • Very.co.uk Shopping Voucher Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from UK Shop Direct Group's online retailer Very, claims that the company is giving away ?50 shopping vouchers and urges recipients to click a "log on" link to activate their free voucher.
    Published: add

  • Nationwide Phishing Scam Emails
    Series of emails purporting to be from UK based financial institution, Nationwide urge recipients to click links in the messages in order to rectify supposed account problems.
    Published: August 14, 2012

  • Microsoft Cyber-Crime Department Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Microsoft Cyber-Crime Department claims that all email users around the world are required to validate their account by clicking a link in the message or risk having their email address deleted from the world email server.
    Published: August 13, 2012

  • Three.co.uk Phishing Scam
    Email that appears to originate from mobile phone service provider Three.com.uk claims that the customer's account has been locked and must therefore be reactivated by clicking a link in the message.
    Published: August 10, 2012

  • 'Email Deactivation Warning' Phishing Scam
    Email claiming to be from the Mail Administrator claims that the recipient's email address has been queued for deactivation due to an account error. The message instructs the recipient to click a link to resolve the problem and avoid account deactivation.
    Published: August 9, 2012

  • Fake AT&T Bill Emails Point To Malware
    Email purporting to be from phone service provider AT&T claims that the recipient's bill is ready for viewing. The recipient is urged to click a Login button to access the bill online.
    Published: August 7, 2012

  • 'Free Apple Product' Text Message Survey Scam
    Mobile phone text message claims that the recipient has won a free Apple product and should follow a link and enter a code to claim the prize.
    Published: August 7, 2012

  • 2012 FIFA World Cup Online Lottery Advance Fee Scam
    Email that pretends to originate from world football governing body FIFA, claims that the recipient has won a large sum of money in the 2012 FIFA World Cup Online Lottery Program and should fill in and send an attached form to begin the process of claiming the prize.
    Published: August 6, 2012

  • Email Claiming US Gold Medal Gymnast Gabrielle Douglas Faces Lifetime Ban Used to Spread Malware
    Recently discovered emails claim that United States Gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, Gold Medalist in the 2012 London Summer Olympics, is facing a lifetime ban after testing positive for a banned diuretic.
    Published: August 6, 2012

  • Bigpond Security Service Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from Australian Internet service provider Bigpond claims that the Bigpond Security Service has limited access to email features until users restore their accounts by replying with their username and password.
    Published: August 6, 2012

  • Colin And Chris Weir Donation Programme Advance Fee Scam
    Email that pretends to be from UK lottery winners Colin And Chris Weir claims that the couple has decided to donate ?1,500,000 of their winnings to the email's recipient.
    Published: August 3, 2012

  • View Facebook Followers' Scam Targets Twitter Users
    Message being pushed across Twitter claims that users can see who has viewed and followed their Facebook Profile by clicking a link in the tweet.
    Published: August 2, 2012

  • Lloyds TSB 'New Banking Authentication' Phishing Scam
    Email that appears to originate from UK retail bank Lloyds TSB claims that new banking authentication procedures are being implemented and recipients must therefore confirm their banking details by clicking an included link or risk losing access to their accounts.
    Published: August 1, 2012

  • ABSA 'Authorized EFT Payment Received' Phishing ScamE
    Email purporting to be from South African bank ABSA claims that the recipient must approve a pending EFT payment by opening an attached file and supplying account login details.
    Published: July 31, 2012

  • 'eBay Item Not Received' Phishing Scam Email
    Email purporting to be from a disgruntled eBay customer claims that an item bought from the recipient has not been received and that the customer will leave negative feedback as a result. The message includes a link that supposedly leads to details about the purchased item.
    Published: July 27, 2012

  • FBI Arrest Warning Advance Fee Scams
    Threatening email claiming to be from FBI director Robert S. Mueller and the "Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division" warns the recipient that he will be arrested and jailed if a payment is not sent via a Western Union money transfer immediately.
    Published: July 24, 2012

  • 'Private Message' Phishing and Survey Scam Emails
    Emails with the subject line "Private Message" invite recipients to click a link to read a private message supposedly sent from email address of one of their contacts.
    Published: July 26, 2012

  • AOL Deactivated Account Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the AOL "Verification Team" claims that, due to several unsuccessful attempts to login, the recipient's AOL account will be deactivated unless he or she clicks an "activation link" in the message.
    Published: july 25, 2012

  • 'Mystery Shopper' Money Laundering Scams
    Emails offer recipients part time work as secret or mystery shoppers and promise to send cheques or money orders for them to use in their shopping evaluations. Workers will be instructed to cash the cheques, deduct a percentage as their wage and then "evaluate" a specified service before sending the remainder of the funds back to the "employer" via a cash money transfer.
    Published: July 24, 2012

  • Hotel Booking Confirmation Malware Emails
    Notification emails purporting to be from Booking.com claim to be hotel room booking confirmations and urge recipients to open an attached file to view reservation details.
    Published: July 24, 2012

  • Chase Online 'Unconfirmed Payment' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Chase Online bank claims the recipient has an unconfirmed payment pending and must therefore follow a link to verify account details or risk having the account deleted.
    Published: July 24, 2012

  • McDonald's 'Mega Promotion Award' Advance Fee Scam
    Email purporting to be from McDonald's Spain claims that the recipient has won a large sum of money in the McDonald's Mega Promotion Award and should contact the "Verification Officer" to process the prize claim.
    Published: July 23, 2012

  • Intuit "Payroll Processing Request" Malware Email
    "Payroll processing" emails purporting to be from financial software provider Intuit, claim that are large amount of money is about to be withdrawn from the recipient's bank account to cover employee paychecks. The recipient is invited to click a link in the message to download payroll details.
    Published: July 23, 2012

  • Facebook Phishing And Survey Scam
    Spam messages attempt to entice recipients into following a link to visit a Facebook profile by promising access to erotic content.
    Published: add

  • Scam Alert - 'Obama's New Stimulus' Routing Number to Pay Utility Bills
    Phone calls, text , social media and printed messages and emails claim that US residents can receive $1000 to pay their bills as part of a new economic stimulus payment set up by the US Government.
    Published: July 6, 2012

  • $50,000 Facebook Reward Survey Scam
    Message purporting to be a Facebook User Notice, claims that the recipient has won $50,000 in a Facebook Instant Winner reward and should click a link to confirm his or her email address.
    Published: July 5, 2012

  • Windows Live Email Limit Exceeded Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from Windows Live and the "Hotmail Security Team" claims that the recipient's Windows Live account has been suspended because the email sending and receiving limit has been exceeded. The user is instructed to follow a link to verify account information, thereby lifting the suspension.
    Published: July 2, 2012

  • 'Your Arrest Record' Spam Emails
    Unsolicited emails claim that the recipient's arrest record can be viewed online or has recently been updated. Other versions claim that recipients can find out who has performed background checks on them or can check the police records of other people.
    Published: 27 June, 2012

  • Starbucks Promo Advance Fee Scam
    Email purporting to be from coffee chain Starbucks claims that the recipient's email address has been shortlisted as one of eight UK winners of a shared $2 cash prize offered by the company as a thank-you to customers.
    Published: 26 June, 2012

  • Foursquare 'Friend Request Approved' Pharmacy Spam
    Email purporting to be from social networking service Foursquare claims that a recent Foursquare friend request has been approved.
    Published: 11th June 2012

  • Paypal 'You Sent a Payment' Malware Emails
    Emails purporting to be from Paypal claim that the recipient has sent a payment to a person or vendor. The recipient is instructed to click a link to view or confirm transaction details.
    Published: 30th May 2012

  • ANZ Bonus Reward Points Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Australian bank ANZ claims that the recipient will be awarded 20,000 Bonus Reward Points just for filling out a three question survey.
    Published: 29th May 2012

  • London Olympics 2012 Lottery Scam
    Email claims that the recipient has won ?800,000 in the London 2012 Olympic Campaign Promotion.
    Published: 29th May 2012

  • Walmart '$75 Credit for Customers' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Walmart claims that the recipient has been chosen to receive a prize of $75 just for being a customer of the company. The recipient is instructed to fill in an attached form to claim the $75 prize.
    Published: 21st May 2012

  • American Express 'Verify User ID' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from American Express asks if the recipient recently tried to verify his account ID or change the account password.
    Published: 21st May 2012

  • Norton 'Protection Notification' Email Account Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be an alert from Norton Antivirus claims that, due to detection of unusual email activity, the recipient must immediately follow a link to protect his or her email account.
    Published: 16th May 2012

  • Paypal 'We Need Your Help Resolving an Issue With Your Account' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Paypal claims that the company needs the recipient's help to resolve an account issue and that the account has been limited until "a little bit more information" about the account holder has been provided.
    Published: 14th May 2012

  • Windows Live 'Account Blocked' Phishing Scam
    Email claims that the recipient's Windows Live Hotmail Account has been blocked because someone may have used the account to send out junk messages. The recipient is advised to follow a link to reactivate the blocked account.
    Published: 14th May 2012

  • Amazon 'Order Cancellation' Pharmacy Spam Emails
    Emails purporting to be from Amazon.com claim that a recent Amazon order has been successfully cancelled and invite recipients to click a link to view details about the cancelled order.
    Published: 9th May 2012

  • Survey Scam - Free $1000 Walmart Gift Card Text Message
    Phone text message claims that the recipient has been selected to receive a $1000 Walmart gift card. The recipient is instructed to visit a website and enter a code to claim the prize.
    Published: 4th May 2012

  • Santander Online Banking Software Upgrade Phishing Scam
    Email, purporting to be from large banking group Santander, claims that, due to a scheduled security software upgrade, the recipient must click a link to upgrade their account immediately.
    Published: 30th April 2012

  • Fake Microsoft "Anti-spoofing Update" Notification Email
    Email purporting to be from Microsoft claims that a new security update has been released and instructs recipients to follow a link to install the update with "just one click".
    Published: 26th April 2012

  • Facebook Sweepstakes Advance Fee Scam
    Email purporting to be from the "Facebook Team" claims that the recipient has won $100,000 in the Facebook Sweepstakes and needs to report to the nearest Facebook Office to arrange collection of the prize.
    Published: 25th April 2012

  • Bank Of America 'General Account Update' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Bank of America claims that the recipient's account has shown unusual activity and that he or she must sign in to verify bank login details.
    Published: 23rd April 2012

  • Bogus Verizon Wireless Bill Email Points to Malware
    Email purporting to be from Verizon Wireless claims that the recipient's current bill is available online and invites him or her to click a link to view and pay the bill.
    Published: 20th April 2012

  • Phishing, Malware and Survey Scam Campaign - 'Click Here To See Attached Photos'
    Spam emails invite recipients to "Click here to see the attached photos", "Click here to see the attached video", "Click here to read this message" and other similar messages.
    Published: 19th April 2012

  • Yahoo 'E-Mail Account Exceeded' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Yahoo claims that the recipient's email account limit has been exceeded and warns that the account will be suspended if it is not verified within 24 hours.
    Published: 17th April 2012

  • HSBC 'Password Entered Incorrectly' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from UK based banking group HSBC claims that the recipient's account has been suspended because the Internet Banking Password was entered incorrectly three times. The message instructs recipients to click a link to restore account access.
    Published: 12th April 2012

  • US Airways 'Flight Confirmation' Malware Emails
    Emails purporting to be from US Airways claim to contain a flight confirmation code and suggest that users click a link to check in online and confirm reservation details.
    Published: 5th April 2012

  • Apple $100 Discount Card Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Apple claims that, as a special reward for long term customers, recipients can receive $100 credit at Australian Apple Stores simply by purchasing a $9 discount card.
    Published: 4th April 2012

  • ECU Australia 'Unauthorized Credit Card Use' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from ECU Australia claims that the recipient's ECU account has been limited due to a report of unauthorized credit card transactions and that he or she must therefore restore account access by submitting an attached form.
    Published: 3rd April 2012

  • eBay 'Please Confirm Your Identity' Phishing Scam
    Email, purporting to be from eBay, claims that the user has tried to sign in from an unfamiliar computer and must therefore confirm his or her identity by clicking a link in the message.
    Published: 26th March 2012

  • Halifax Bank Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the UK's Halifax Bank claims that new online banking authentication procedures are being introduced and that customers must therefore follow a link and confirm their online banking details.
    Published: 26th March 2012

  • RIAA Notification of Copyright Violation Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) claims that the recipient's IP address has been identified as distributing copyrighted content and instructs him or her to open an attached file to view details.
    Published: 21st February 2012

  • Facebook Gold Status Membership Advance Fee Scam
    Message purporting to be from Facebook claims that the recipient's Facebook Profile has completed its "100% Gold Status membership" thereby qualifying him or her for an award of $2.5 million.
    Published: 20th February 2012

  • Mark Zuckerberg and Apple Partnership Survey Scam
    Message claims that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has partnered with Apple for a promotional event and that the recipient has won a free Apple iPhone and iPad that can be claimed by filling in a website survey.
    Published: 16th February 2012

  • IRS Penalty Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the IRS warns recipients that they have received a penalty for not submitting a tax return by the specified deadline but invites them to click a link to apply for an exemption.
    Published: 9th February 2012

  • Pharmacy Spam Emails Purport to be From YouTube
    Emails claiming to be from YouTube ask recipients if the sender can use their photos or videos on a YouTube home page.
    Published: 8th February 2012

  • Bogus Seattle Traffic Ticket Email Points To Malware
    Email purporting to be from the Seattle Police Department claims that the recipient has been given a traffic ticket for speeding. Recipients are invited to click a link to plead their case.
    Published: 20th January 2012

  • Western Union Database Update Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Western Union claims that, due to a database update, recipients must follow a link in the message and update their online profile or risk having the account limited.
    Published: 18th January 2012

  • Advance Fee Scam - 'You Are on the FBI Wanted Persons List'
    Message purporting to be from FBI deputy director Timothy P. Murphy, claims that the FBI has gathered information that indicates that the recipient has been involved with many illegal and fraudulent activities and will soon be arrested if he or she does not reply to clear his or her name.
    Published: 16th January 2012

  • TalkTalk Service Cancellation Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from UK based internet and telecommunications company TalkTalk claims that the recipient's TalkTalk service will be cancelled unless account details are verified.
    Published: 14th January 2012

  • Fake LinkedIn Email Leads to Pharmacy Spam Website
    Email purporting to be from LinkedIn claims that the recipient has been sent a message that they can view by clicking a link.
    Published: 12th January 2011

  • 'Switch to Pink Facebook' Survey Scam
    Message appearing on Facebook claims that users can switch the colour of their profile from blue to pink by clicking a link.
    Published: 6th January 2012

  • Bogus Amazon Shipping Confirmation Emails Point To Malware
    Emails, purporting to be from Amazon.com, supposedly provide shipping and order details about recent purchases and urge recipients to follow links to track the package or manage orders.
    Published: 30th December 2011

  • Facebook Survey Scam - Walgreens Free Gift Card
    Post appearing on Facebook claims that users can receive a free Walgreens gift card by following a link in the message.
    Published: 28th December 2011

  • World of Warcraft Phishing Scam
    Email claiming to be from Blizzard Entertainment accuses the recipients of trying to sell their World of Warcraft accounts and claims that they must follow a link and verify their account ownership or risk having the account disabled.
    Published: 19th December 2011

  • PayPal 'Your Credit Card Information Has Changed' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that the recipient's credit card has been removed from the PayPal account and that he or she should follow a link to rectify the issue.
    Published: 19th December 2011

  • JB Hi-Fi Facebook Survey Scam
    Messages being posted on Facebook claim that users can get free JB Hi-Fi vouchers just by clicking a link.
    Published: 9th December 2011

  • American Airlines Flight Ticket Order Malware Emails
    Emails purporting to be ticket order notifications from American Airlines claim that the recipient can follow a link or open an attachment to print out airline tickets.
    Published: 7th December 2011

  • Free Facebook Credits Survey Scam
    Message appearing on Facebook Walls claims that the user can get 5000 Facebook credits for free just by following a link in the post.
    Published: 30th November 2011

  • Facebook Account Reported Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from Facebook claims that the recipient's Facebook account has been reported for annoying or insulting other users and will be disabled if he or she does not confirm account details within 24 hours.
    Published: 23rd November 2011

  • Skype TopUp Payment PayPal Phishing Scam
    Email notifies the recipient that a Skype TopUp payment of 69.99 GBP has been made via his or her PayPal account.
    Published: 18th November 2011

  • 'DGTFX Virus' Email Account Phishing Scam
    Messages purporting to be from Yahoo, BT Internet and other email service providers claims that a DGTFX virus has been detected in the recipient's email folders and he or she must reply with account details or risk account deactivation.
    Published: 18th November 2011

  • Starbucks Coffee Free Gift Card Survey Scam
    Emails and Facebook posts claim that Starbucks is giving away free gift cards and instruct users to click a link to claim their prize.
    Published: 16th November 2011

  • Advance Fee Scam - British National Lottery Promo Programme
    Email purporting to be from the British National Lottery claims that the recipient has won ?1,500,000 in the British National Lottery Promo Programme
    Published: 15th November 2011

  • PayPal 'Verify to Resolve Account Limitations' Phishing Scam
    Email, purporting to be from PayPal, claims that the recipient's account has been limited and that he or she must login via a link in the message to resolve the issue.
    Published: 11th November 2011

  • Red Bull Car Adverts Money Laundering Scam
    Email purporting to be from Red Bull offers to pay the recipient for placing Red Bull advertisements on his or her car.
    Published: 9th November 2011

  • IT Service Desk 'Scheduled Maintenance & Upgrade' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from "IT Service Desk" claims that, due to a scheduled maintenance & upgrade, the user must reply with his or her email username and password to avoid service disruptions.
    Published: 5th November 2011

  • Apple Store Account Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Apple claims that the recipient must follow a link to verify his or her Apple Store account details within 48 hours or risk having the account deactivated.
    Published: 28th October 2011

  • Facebook '1 Lost Message' Pharmacy Spam Email
    Email purporting to be a notification from Facebook claims that the recipient has 1 lost message that can be retrieved by clicking a link.
    Published: 21st October 2011

  • Westpac 'Quick Survey' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Australia's Westpac Bank claims that the recipient can have $35 credited to their account in exchange for filling in a short survey contained in an attached file.
    Published: October 20, 2011

  • Bogus Windows Firewall and Security Center Update Email Links To Malware
    Email purporting to be from Microsoft Canada instructs recipients to click a link in order to download and install a high priority security update for the Microsoft Windows Firewall and Security Center.
    Published: 13th October 2011

  • AT&T Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from AT&T claims that the recipient's account may be shut down if he or she does not verify the account by replying with username and password details.
    Published: 11th October 2011

  • Australia Post Undelivered Package Malware Emails
    Emails purporting to be from Australia Post claim that the delivery of a package to the recipient has failed because of an addressing error. The messages instruct recipient to open an attached file to read more information about the package.
    Published: 19th September 2011

  • Your Credit Card is Blocked' Malware Emails
    Emails purporting to be from credit card providers claim that the recipient's credit card has been blocked due to a suspicious withdrawal. The messages instruct the recipient to open an attached file to view more detailed information.
    Published: 19th September 2011

  • Australian Taxation Office 'New Rules' Malware Emails
    Emails purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) claim that new rules for ABN numbers are being introduced and that recipients should follow a link in the message to access more information about the changes.
    Published: 15th September 2011

  • Western Union 'Money Transfer' Trojan Email
    Email purporting to be from Western Union claims that the recipient has "received a remittance" and should open an attached file to access more information about a supposed money transfer.
    Published: 14th September 2011

  • 'New Antivirus Update for Windows' Scam Email
    Email claims that a new version of "Antivirus 2011 for Windows" is available and urges recipients to follow a link to download the update.
    Published: 12th September 2011

  • Sleazy Online Dating Emails Carry Malware
    Series of sleazy emails purporting to be from an adult orientated website, claim that recipients can view photographs of available girls by opening an attached file.
    Published: 8th September 2011

  • UEFA EURO 2012 Email Draw Advance Fee Scam
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  • ACH Payment Canceled Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from the Automated Clearing House (ACH) claims that a recent payment made by the recipient has been canceled and that he or she should open an attached file to review details.
    Published: 26th August 2011

  • Amazon Account Review Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Amazon.co.uk claims that, due to a recent review, access to the recipient's account has been limited until more account information is supplied via an attached form.
    Published: 26th August 2011

  • 'Numerous Spams Activities from a Foreign IP' Webmail Phishing Scam
    Email claims that the recipient's email account has been reported for sending spam and that he or she must follow a link and confirm account ownership or the account will be suspended.
    Published: 24th August 2011

  • Hotel "Wrong Transaction" Malware Emails
    Emails purporting to be from various hotels in the United States claim that a "wrong transaction" has been discovered on the user's credit card and that he or she should fill in an attached refund form to allow return of the funds.
    Published: 3rd August 2011

  • eBay 'Trusted Selling with Identity Confirmation' Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from John Canfield of eBay Trust & Safety claims that eBay is implementing a new safety initiative called Trusted Selling with Identity Confirmation and members must therefore follow a link to update their password and other account information.
    Published: 28th July 2011

  • Advance Fee Scam - Facebook 2011 Sweepstakes Online Lottery
    Message purporting to be from Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, claims that the recipient has won $1,000,000 in the Facebook 2011 Sweepstakes online lottery.
    Published: 14th July 2011

  • Credit Card Overdue Malware Email
    Email claims that the recipient's credit card is overdue and that he or she should open an attached file to review a financial statement.
    Published: 9th July 2011

  • 'Facebook Has Sent You a Message' Pharmacy Spam
    Seemingly official email purporting to be from Facebook Support, asks you to click a link to receive a message.
    Published: July 6, 2011

  • 'Uniform Traffic Ticket' Malware Email
    Email claiming to be a notification of a traffic ticket for speeding from the New York State Police urges the recipient to print out the ticket contained in an attached file and post it to the Town Court.
    Published: July 6, 2011

  • IRS 'Unable To Process Your Tax Return' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from the IRS claims that the recipient's tax return was not able to be processed and that he or she should fill out and return forms contained in an attached file in order to rectify the problem.
    Published: 5th July 2011

  • Alert From Facebook Security Team Phishing Scam
    Message, purporting to be from the Facebook Security Team, claims that the recipient?s Facebook account may have been compromised and that he or she must follow a link to verify account details within 12 hours or risk having the account permanently suspended.
    Published: 30th June 2011

  • F-Secure ?Security Maintenance? Password Phishing Scam
    Message, purporting to be from "WebEmail Support" claims that the recipient must reply with his or her email account address and password so that the account can be made more secure by implementing F-Secure ? HTK4S anti-virus/anti-spam.
    Published: 27th June 2011

  • Rugby World Cup Advance Fee Lottery Scam
    Email claims that the recipient has won one million dollars in a lottery promotion operated by the governing body of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
    Published: 25th June 2011

  • McDonald's 'Free Dinner Day' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from fast food giant McDonald's claims that the recipient can print out an attached invitation to receive a "Free Dinner Day" meal on June 26, 2011.
    Published: 22nd June 2011

  • Paypal 'Strange IP from a Different Location' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Paypal, claims that the customer must verify account information because a "strange ip from a different location" attempted to login and account access has therefore been limited for security reasons.
    Published: 14th May 2011

  • Western Union 'Too Many Login Attempts' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from money wire service Western Union claims that the recipient's account has been locked due to "multiple failed login attempts" and that the recipient must login via a link in the message and answer questions in order to restore account access.
    Published: 6th June 2011

  • Domain Name Application Scam
    Emails, purporting to be from a domain name registration entity in China, warn that someone is applying to register a series of domain names based on the recipient's brand name or existing domain name.
    Published: June 6, 2011

  • Diversity Visa Lottery Green Card Scam
    Email claims that the recipient has won a United States Permanent Resident Card through Diversity Visa Lottery but is required to pay processing fees via Western Union before the visa can be issued.
    Published: 4th June 2011

  • Advance Fee Scam - Prince William and Princess Catherine Worldwide Galore Promotion
    Email purporting to be from Buckingham Palace claims that the recipient has been randomly selected as the winner of a substantial sum of money in a charitable promotion organized by Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.
    Published: 12th May 2011

  • ABSA Phishing Scam Emails
    Emails purporting to be from South African bank, ABSA, claim that recipients must validate their Banking Profile or confirm their identity by following links in the messages.
    Published: 10th May 2011

  • FBI 'You Visit Illegal Websites' Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from the FBI claims that the recipient has been logged visiting illegal websites and is required to answer a list of questions contained in an attached file.
    Published: 10th May 2011

  • HM Revenue & Customs Income Tax Repayment Phishing Scam
    Email, purporting to be from the UK's HM Revenue & Customs, claims that the recipient has paid too much income tax and should follow a link to arrange a refund.
    Published: 3rd May 2011

  • Visa Card Violated Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be an alert from Visa Europe claims that the recipient's Visa card has been violated and that he or she should follow a link to validate card details.
    Published: 19th April 2011

  • Facebook "Your Password is Not Safe" Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from Facebook, claims that the recipient's Facebook password has been automatically changed because the previous password was not safe.
    Published: 13th April 2011

  • Facebook Rogue App Survey Scam - BBC News Check What She Did on Cam
    "BBC News" messages appearing on Facebook that include an image of a young woman suggest that users click a link to "check what she did on cam"
    Published: 12th April 2011

  • Fake Order Notification Emails Carry PDF Exploit
    Emails purporting to be from various organizations, including Broadcast Music, Puremobile, Bobijou and Warner Music, claim to be order notifications about recent purchases and advise recipients to open an attached PDF to review purchase information.
    Published: 6th April 2011

  • "Photo U Got Tagged In" Rogue App
    Message posted via Facebook asks recipients if they have seen a photo they were tagged in and includes a link that supposedly allows them to view the photograph.
    Published: 27th March 2011

  • Modelling Agency Overpayment Scam
    Emails claim that a modelling agency wishes to use your photograph for a billboard advertisement and ask that you reply to give approval for use of the image and to arrange payment.
    Published: 21st March 2011

  • Japanese Tsunami 'Whale into Building' Clickjacking Scam
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    Message posted on Facebook supposedly links to information about a whale smashed into a building by the tsunami in Japan.
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  • DHL Notification Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from international mail delivery service DHL claims that a parcel has been sent to the recipient. The message advises the recipient to open an attached file to view the parcel tracking number and access more information about the delivery.
    Published: March 12, 2011

  • Facebook 'Virus Alert' - Charlie Sheen Found Dead
    Message warns Facebook users to watch out for virus messages that claim that actor Charlie Sheen has been found dead at his home.
    Published: 11th March 2011

  • Craigslist iPad Giveaway Survey Scam
    Email purporting to be from Craig Newmark, creator of Craigslist, claims that the recipient has been randomly selected as the winner of an Apple iPad.
    Published: 7th March 2011

  • Scammers Exploit 'Facebook Closing Down' Hoaxes via Rogue Apps
    Messages claim that Facebook is about to start closing accounts and that current users must follow a link to verify their accounts.
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  • Money Laundering Scam - Christchurch Earthquake Charity Support Job
    Email offers the recipient a job as charity support worker in which he or she would be required to receive and process donations to help victims of the Christchurch earthquake and keep a percentage of the donations as payment for the work.
    Published: 23rd February 2011

  • AOL 'Billing Update Must be Performed' Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from AOL claims that the recipient must follow a link to update account information or limitations will be placed on his or her AOL service.
    Published: 22nd February 2011

  • Blackberry Award Advance Fee Scam
    Email purporting to be from smartphone manufacturer Blackberry claims that the recipient has won a large sum of money in the Blackberry 12th Anniversary Awards.
    Published: 19th February 2011

  • UK Post Office Online Reward Program Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Post Office United Kingdom claims that the recipient has received a cash reward via the Post Office United Kingdom Online Reward program. The recipient is instructed to follow a link in the message and enter his or her "bonus code" on a website form in order to claim the reward.
    Published: 15th February 2011

  • Analysis of a Hijacked Account Overpayment Scam - Boat and Trailer For Sale
    Person agrees to purchase an expensive item advertised online such as a boat and trailer. The buyer advises the seller that he will be including an extra amount over and above the agreed price that he wishes the seller to wire to a third party to cover shipping costs.
    Published: 15th February 2011

  • Facebook Grant Award Advance Fee Scam
    Facebook message claims that the recipient has won a cash prize in the "Facebook Grant Award". The message instructs the recipient to follow a link to the award notification website to claim the prize.
    Published: 10th January 2011

  • Post Express 'Incorrect Delivery Address' Malware Emails
    Email purporting to be from "Post Express Support", claims that a package sent by the recipient has been returned because of incorrect delivery details. The email instructs the recipient to open an attached file to print out a mailing label.
    Published: 9th February 2011

  • Mike The Hacker Scam Emails
    Emails purporting to be from a hacker named Mike claim that he has gained access to the recipient's computer and will pass on personal files to a woman who hired him unless the recipient contacts him to discuss withholding the files.
    Published: 9th February 2011

  • DVLA Update Driver's Licence Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to from the UK's Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) claims that the recipient must follow a link to update driver's licence details or risk cancellation of his or her licence.
    Published: 4th February 2011

  • Facebook Trojan Email - 'Your Password is Changed'
    Email purporting to be from Facebook Support claims that the recipient's Facebook password has been changed because spam was sent from the account. The recipient is instructed to open an attached file to retrieve the new password.
    Published: 28th January 2011

  • Bigpond Database Upgrade Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Australian Internet Service Provider Bigpond, claims that, due to an upgrade of database servers, the recipient must reply with his or her login email address and password to ensure continued service.
    Published: 24th January 2011

  • Phone Text Message Lottery Scams
    Phone text (SMS) messages claim that the recipient has won a substantial sum of money in an online lottery or promotion.
    Published: 10th January 2011

  • 'See Everyone Who Views Your Pr@file' Rogue Facebook Application
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that the user can follow a link to see everyone who views his or her profile.
    Published: 7th January 2011

  • Coca Cola Survey Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Coca Cola claims that the recipient can receive $150 by following a link and filling out a short online survey.
    Published: 5th January 2011

  • 'My First St@tus' Rogue Facebook Application
    Message circulating on Facebook claims to show the poster's "1st St@tus" message and claims that Facebook users can find their own first status post by following a link in the message.
    Published: 4th January 2011

  • Question About eBay Item Phishing Scam
    Email, purporting to be a question sent via eBay from a potential buyer, instructs the recipient to answer by clicking the "Respond Now" button.
    Published: January 4, 2011

  • ATO Activity Statement Refund Phishing Scam
    Email, purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), claims that the recipient's activity statement refund has been retained due to incorrect or incomplete bank account details and urges him or her to follow a link to update details.
    Published: 28th December 2010

  • Facebook Account Update Phishing Scam Email
    Email, purporting to be from Facebook, claims that Facebook is implementing a new login system and that the user must therefore follow a link in the message to update his or her account.
    Published: 22nd December 2010

  • indian Government Award Advance Fee Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Indian Government claims that the recipient is eligible to receive the sum of eighty five lahks as a government payment to enable him or her set up a business.
    Published: 21st December 2010

  • Adobe Acrobat Upgrade Phishing Scam Emails
    Emails purporting to be from Adobe claim that recipients can download an upgraded version of Adobe products by following links in the messages.
    Published: 2th December 2010

  • BT Service Cancellation Notice Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from giant telecommunications services company BT claims that a recent bill payment has been rejected and warns that the recipient must follow a link and update details or the service will be cancelled.
    Published: 9th December 2010

  • Google Romance Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from Google Romance urges recipients to follow a link in order to logon to Google Romance to read messages.
    Published: 3rd December 2010

  • FedEx Incorrect Delivery Address Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from delivery company FedEx claims that a package en route to the recipient has been returned due to an addressing error and that he or she must open an attached file to print a mailing label in order to receive the package.
    Published: 12th November 2010

  • USAA Phishing Scam Email
    Email purporting to be from financial services group USAA claims that members need to follow a link to fill out a new version of the group's confirmation form.
    Published: 11th November 2010

  • Optus ADSL Service Cancellation Phishing Scam Email
    Email, purporting to be from telecommunications company Optus, claims that, because a recent payment was rejected, the recipient must follow a link to update account information or risk suspension of ADSL service.
    Published: 9th November 2010

  • Hilton Hotel Job Offer Scam Email
    Email purporting to be from Hilton Hotels in London, offers the recipient a lucrative job with the company.
    Published: 8th November 2010

  • 'Very Important Message' Facebook Spam
    Post circulating via Facebook walls urges users to follow a link to another page and click the publish button in order to read a "very important message".
    Published: 3rd November 2010

  • Jean Paul Garang Advance Fee Scam
    Email, purporting to be from Jean Paul Garang, who claims to be the son of the late Dr. John Garang, leader of the Sudan People Liberation Movement, ask the recipient for help in accessing a fifteen million dollar deposit currently held by a European finance firm.
    Published: 11th October 2010

  • Rejected Federal Tax Payment Phishing Scam Email
    Email purporting to be from the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) claims that the recipient's federal tax payment has been rejected and urges him or her to follow a link to rectify the problem.
    Published: 8th October 2010

  • Fake iTunes Receipt Email
    Emailed receipt, purporting to be from online music store iTunes, supposedly provides the recipient with information about a recent purchase.
    Published: 5th October 2010

  • Fake LinkedIn Invitation Emails Point to Malware
    Emails purporting to be from social network LinkedIn ask recipients to click a link to view pending invitation messages.
    Published: 27th September 2010

  • Bogus Microsoft Critical Upgrade Notification Email
    Email purporting to from Microsoft claims that the recipient's operating system has a critical security issue and needs to be upgraded urgently via a link in the message.
    Published: 9th September 2009

  • Financial Ombudsman Services Scam Email
    Email purporting to be from Financial Ombudsman Services in the UK claims that, during investigations into corrupt banking practices, it was discovered that funds previously owed to the recipient have been put on hold because a "Money Laundry Anti-terrorist Drug Clearance" document was not submitted.
    Published: 25th August 2010

  • 'Dislike Button' Scam Targets Facebook Users
    Bogus messages being posted on Facebook claim that users can follow a link to install a "Dislike Button" on their Facebook account.
    Published: 18th August 2010

  • Orphanage Trust Job Offer Scam
    Email purporting to be from Timothy Crawford, a recruitment officer for the Pattaya Orphanage Trust, offers the recipient a job processing donations from Australian residents.
    Published: 6th August 2010

  • Parrot For Sale or Adoption Advance Fee Scams
    Messages claim that the sender has expensive pet parrots for sale very cheaply or is willing to give the birds away for free to a good home.
    Published: 3rd August 2010

  • Telstra Bill Account Update Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Australian telecommunications provider, Telstra, claims that the company was unable to process a recent payment and the recipient is therefore required to click a link and update billing information or risk interruption to service.
    Published: July 19, 2010

  • Face Book Promotion Advance Fee Scam
    Message posted to Facebook users claims that the account holder has won a large sum of money in the Face Book 2010 promotion.
    Published: July 17, 2010

  • Verified By Visa Banking Incident Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Verified by Visa, claims that, due to multiple failed attempts to access the recipient's account, the account holder must confirm account information within 48 hours or the account will be suspended indefinitely.
    Published: 14th July 2010

  • AOL Update Billing Information Phishing Scam
    Email, purporting to be from AOL, claims that, due to a payment processing failure, the recipient's AOL service will be blocked unless he or she updates payment details within 24 hours by following a link in the message.
    Published: 30th June 2010

  • Apple iPhone and iPad Giveaway Spam on Facebook
    Messages circulating rapidly around Facebook claim that you can receive a free Apple iPhone 4G or an an Apple iPad by following a link and signing up on a third party website.
    Published: 24th June 2010

  • Commonwealth Bank Phishing Scam - Online Access Suspended Message
    Email, purporting to be from Australia's Commonwealth Bank, claims that the recipient's online account access has been suspended until he or she verifies identity and account details via a link in the message.
    Published: 10th June 2010

  • Facebook Deactivated Account Spam
    Message purporting to be from Facebook, claims that the user's Facebook account has been deactivated and urges him or her to follow a link to reactivate the account.
    Published: 9th June 2010

  • Compuserve Database Upgrade Phishing Scam
    Email, purporting to be from online service provider CompuServe, claims that the recipient must reply immediately with his or her CompuServe login details or risk having the account closed.
    Published: 8th June 2010

  • Coca-Cola Online Promo Advance Fee Scam
    Email, purporting to be an official prize notification document from Coca-Cola, claims that the recipient has won 950,000.00 GPB in the "Coca-Cola Company 2010 online Promo".
    Published: 26th May 2010

  • Distracting Beach Babes Facebook Malware Attack
    A rogue Facebook Application is posting links on Facebook Walls that supposedly open a video showing "Distracting Beach Babes".
    Published: 25th May 2010

  • FIFA 2010 World Cup Lottery Scam
    Message purporting to be a "winning notification" from international football association FIFA, claims that the recipient has won two million eight hundred thousand dollars in the FIFA 2010 World Cup Lottery.
    Published: 17th May 2010

  • iTunes Gift Certificate Trojan Email
    Email claims that the recipient has received an iTunes Gift Certificate worth $50.00 and instructs him or her to open an attached file to access a certificate code.
    Published: 10th May 2010

  • Paypal New Message Phishing Scam
    Email, purporting to be a "new message" from Paypal claims that an error has been detected in the recipient's Paypal account and he or she must submit an attached form verifying his or her details or risk having the account suspended.
    Published: 1st May 2010

  • Punjab National Bank Updated Email Address Phishing Scam
    Email, purporting to be from India's Punjab National Bank claims that the recipient's account email address has been updated. It instructs the recipient to fill in an attached form to restore the account if he or she feels that the change was unauthorized.
    Published: 19th April 2010

  • Gmail Account Phishing Scam
    Email, purporting to be from Google Support, claims that the recipient will lose his or her Gmail account if he or she does not reply with the account's username and password and other personal information within seven days of receiving the message.
    Published: http://www.hoax-slayer.com/gmail-phishing-scam.shtml

  • South African Revenue Service Tax Refund Phishing Scam
    Email, purporting to be from the South African Revenue Service (SARS) claims that the recipient can claim a tax refund by clicking a link and submitting an online tax refund request form.
    Published: 19th March 2010

  • Beware of Dubious Facebook "Free Offer" Groups
    Facebook groups that offer users supposedly free items or services such as Facebook site enhancements or extra Facebook game items and updates may require participants to sign up for expensive SMS phone services.
    Published: 18th March 2010

  • Google "Received Your Resume" Malware Email
    A "Thank You" email purporting to be from Google informs the recipient that the company has received his or her resume. The message instructs the recipient to open an attached file to to review the submitted job application
    Published: 16th March 2010

  • Apartment Cleaner Overpayment Scam
    Email offers the recipient a part time job cleaning an apartment for a quite generous fee. The cleaner is advised to deduct this fee from a cheque made out for a considerably larger amount and then wire the remainder to the landlord via a money transfer service.
    Published: 11th March 2010

  • Western Union Unauthorized Transaction Phishing Scam
    Email claims that money transfer service Western Union has noticed unauthorized transactions on the recipient's credit card and instructs him or her to fill in an attached form in order to verify identity and payment details.
    Published: 9th March 2010

  • Haiti Earthquake Money Laundering Scam
    Email asks the recipient to work as a representative for a Haiti Earthquake disaster aid organization by collecting and processing donated funds.
    Published: 3rd March 2010

  • Mercedes-Benz Test Questions Advance Fee Scam
    Email claims that the recipient can be awarded the prize of a new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class GL550 along with three hundred thousand euros simply by replying with the answers to a very short and simply quiz .
    Published: 23rd February 2010

  • Indian Department of Revenue Tax Refund Scam
    Email purporting to be from India's Department of Revenue claims that the recipient can apply for a tax refund of 820.50 Rupees by submitting an attached refund form.
    Published: 19th February 2010

  • Bank of America Software Upgrade Phishing Scam
    Email, purporting to be from the Bank of America, claims that, due to a planned software upgrade, customers must confirm their banking details online by following a link in the message.
    Published: 19th February 2010

  • ATO Cut Off Taxes Program Phishing Scam Email
    Email, purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) claims that the recipient may be eligible for a 19% refund on 2009 taxes if he or she registers online for the Cut Off Taxes Program.
    Published: 9th February 2010

  • National Health Anti-Fraud Association Complaint Scam Email
    Email purporting to be from the National Health Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA) claims that a complaint has been made against the recipient and urges him or her to review the complaint details via an attached document.
    Published: 9th February 2010

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    Email, purportedly from online classifieds website Craigslist, claims that the recipient's Craigslist account has been blocked and he or she must follow a link in the message to confirm account details.
    Published: 30th January 2010

  • UK National Welfare Christmas Lottery Scam
    Email claims that the recipient has won the UK National Welfare Christmas Lottery and should contact a specified agent in order to claim a large cash prize.
    Published: 27th December 2009

  • Email Exceeded Storage Limit Phishing Scam
    Email claims that the user's email account has exceeded its storage limit and instructs him or her to reply with the account username and password in order to increase the mailbox size and restore full functionality.
    Published: November 29, 2009

  • Errors in Social Security Statement Trojan Email
    Email purporting to be from Social Security Administration claims that the recipient's Social Security statement may contain errors and urges him or her to click a link to review the statement.
    Published: 26th November 2009

  • ANZ Invalid Login Attempts Phishing Scam
    Email claims that the recipient's ANZ Customer Registration Number and password have been revoked due to "severe numbers" of login attempts.
    Published: 20th November 2009

  • Mailbox Deactivated Trojan Email
    Email purporting to be from technical support claims that the recipient's mailbox has been deactivated and he or she must run an attached utility in order to restore email service.
    Published: 18th November 2009

  • Hyundai Chairman Charity Donation Scam
    Email claims that the recipient has been awarded 2 million dollars as part of a donation pledge given by Hyundai Chairman Chung Mong-koo as a condition of his conviction for embezzlement.
    Published: 11th November 2009

  • Error in Shipping Address Trojan Email
    Email, purporting to be from a parcel delivery service claims that a package could not be delivered due to a shipping address error and instructs the recipient to open an attachment to print out a shipping label.
    Published: 29th October 2009

  • Facebook Password Reset Confirmation Trojan Email
    Email, purporting to be from Facebook, claims that the user's Facebook password has been changed and informs him or her that the new password can be found in an attached document.
    Published: 28th October 2009

  • Paypal Primary Email Address Change Phishing Scam
    Email, purporting to be from PayPal, claims that the recipient's primary email address has changed and urges him or her to click a link in the message if the address change was unauthorised.
    Published: 27th October 2009

  • Microsoft, Yahoo, Google Lottery Scam
    Email claims that the recipient has won a large sum of money in a lottery draw organized by Microsoft, Yahoo and Google.
    Published: 28th September 2009

  • Btinternet Email Account Phishing Scam
    Email targeting BT Yahoo (Btinternet) users claims that the recipient's account will be suspended if he or she does not reply with account login details within 72 hours.
    Published: 18th September 2009

  • BT Unpaid Bill Phone Scam Warning
    Email warns that scammers posing as UK telecommunications company BT staff are tricking people into revealing their bank or credit card details by claiming that their phone service will be disconnected if they do not pay an overdue bill immediately.
    Published: September 18, 2009

  • Unreported Income Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service claims that a possible fraud attempt involving unreported income has been discovered by the tax agency and urges the recipient to click a link to review his or her tax statement.
    Published: 10th September 2009

  • Google Promotion Award Advance Fee Scam
    Email claims that the recipient has won a large sum of money in a "Promotion Award" operated by search engine giant, Google.
    Published: 28th August 2009

  • Bell Canada Phishing Scam Email
    Email purporting to be from Bell Canada claims that, due to a problem with a recent bill payment, the customer is required to click a link and update billing information via an online form.
    Published: 7th August 2009

  • Canada Revenue Agency Tax Refund Phishing Scam
    Email, purportedly from the Canada Revenue Agency, claims that the recipient can claim a tax refund by filling in an online form.
    Published: 30th July 2009

  • Overdue Payments Advance Fee Scam
    Message claims that the recipient is owed payments of $5.5 million dollars and he or she should contact a specified "representation officer" to arrange transfer of the funds.
    Published: add

  • Friend Stranded in Foreign Country Scam Emails
    Email supposedly from a person known to you claims that he or she is stranded without money or papers in a foreign land because of a robbery and asks that you send funds urgently via a wire transfer to help the person return home.
    Published: 18th June 2009

  • St.George Bank Phishing Scam Emails
    Emails, purporting to be from Australia's St. George Bank, claim that the recipient needs to click a link to logon to his or account in order to update information, retrieve messages, or rectify specified problems with the account.
    Published: 17th June 2009

  • Commonwealth Bank Phishing Scam Emails
    Emails, purporting to be from Australia's Commonwealth Bank, claim that the recipient needs to click a link to logon to his or account in order to update information or rectify specified problems with the account.
    Published: 17th June 2009

  • Loteria Espana Scam Email
    Email claims that the recipient's email address has been randomly selected to win a large sum of money in a Spanish lottery.
    Published: 12th May 2009

  • Nigerian Computer Scientist Advance Fee Scam
    Person posing as a computer scientist at a Nigerian bank claims that he can help procure the release of a large sum of money owed to the recipient that has been deliberately held up by other bank officials.
    Published: 5th May 2009

  • Fake Facebook Login Phishing Scam
    Messages attempt to lure Facebook users into logging into bogus Facebook lookalike sites such as fbstarter.com (Full commentary below).
    Published: 1st May 2009

  • Expired Visa Card Notification Phishing Scam
    Email claims that the recipient's Visa account has expired and warns that, to stop the account being closed, he or she must renew it immediately by following a link in the message.
    Published: 8th April 2009

  • Check The Size of Webmail Inbox Phishing Scam
    Email claims that the recipient's webmail inbox is close to its maximum size and instructs him or her to reply with the account username and password so that the database can be reset.
    Published: 6th April 2009

  • Abbey Bank Suspended Access Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Abbey Bank requests the recipient to click a link to log on to his or her bank account in order to restore access.
    Published: 18th March 2009

  • Delta Air Lines Passenger Itinerary Receipt Malware Emails
    Email purporting to be from Delta Air Lines provides details of a supposed ticket purchase and instructs recipients to open an attached file to view a passenger itinerary receipt.
    Published: 12th March 2009

  • McDonald's Survey Phishing Scam Email
    Email, purporting to be from McDonald's, claims that recipients can get a $50 bonus for filling in a "quick 7 question survey".
    Published: 26th February 2009

  • Children's Charity Job Offer Scam
    Email, purporting to be from the Finance Director of the "Children Support Foundation", offers the recipient a part time job receiving and processing payments.
    Published: 26th February 2009

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection Advance Fee Scam
    Scam email, purporting to be from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, claims that a diplomat has left a package for the recipient and asks him or her to reply in order to arrange delivery.
    Published: 4th February 2009

  • Federal Reserve Bank "Phishing Attack Warning" Scam Emails
    Email purporting to be from the Federal Reserve Bank claims that U.S. Treasury Department has imposed restrictions on federal wire transfers due to a widespread phishing attack.
    Published: 28th January 2008

  • Google 10th Anniversary Awards Lottery Scam
    Email claims that the recipient has won five hundred thousand pounds in a 10th anniversary promotion organized by Internet giant, Google.
    Published: 28th January 2009

  • Sleeper Virus - Downadup or Conficker Worm Warnings Are
    Messages circulating via email, blogs, and online communities are warning computer users about a "sleeper" virus dubbed the "downadup" or "conficker" worm.
    Published: 26th January 2009

  • Australian Tax Refund Scam Email
    Email, purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office, claims that the recipient can receive a large tax refund by clicking a link in the message and filling out a web based form.
    Published: 12th January 2009

  • Mumbai Terrorist Attack Advance Fee Scam
    Email claims that the sender was badly injured in the November 2008 Terrorist Attack in Mumbai, India, and needs the recipient's help to distribute several million dollars to charity
    Published: 30th December 2008

  • Quick And Easy Survey Phishing Scam
    Email claims that money will be credited to the recipient's account in return for filling out a "quick and easy" online survey.
    Published: 1st December 2008

  • SMS Advance Fee Prize Scam
    Mobile phone SMS claims that the recipient has won a major prize in a rewards promotion and should call a specified number to find out further details.
    Published: 14th November 2008

  • Obama Malware Emails
    In the wake of the US Presidential election, inboxes around the world are being hit by malware emails supposedly providing news about Barack Obama's historic win.
    Published: 10th November 2008

  • Babysitting Overpayment Scam
    Overpayment scammers use many ruses to fool their victims, even pretending to require babysitters.
    Published: 7th November 2008

  • Exxon Mobil International Award Advance Fee Scam
    Email claims that the recipient has been chosen as the beneficiary of the "Exxon Mobil International Award" and is eligible to receive 3 million US dollars.
    Published: 18th October 2008

  • Fraud Transactions Warning Malware Email
    Email warns that the recipient's credit card has been involved in fraudulent transactions.
    Published: 10th October 2008

  • ATM Card Advance Fee Scam
    Email claims that the recipient has been awarded a large sum of money and will be sent an ATM card that will allow access to these funds.
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  • American Airlines Loyalty Program Phishing Scam
    Email claims that the recipient can receive $50 from American Airlines for taking a short online survey.
    Published: 25th September 2008

  • Internet Access Suspended Malware Email
    Email claims that the recipient's Internet access is going to be suspended because the 'Internet Service Provider Consorcium' has logged illegal activities from his or her computer.
    Published: 17th September 2008

  • Virus Complaint Email Carries Malware
    Threatening "complaint" email accuses the recipient of sending emails containing viruses and instructs him or her to open an attachment supposedly containing email log files.
    Published: 11th September 2008

  • Poverty Reduction And Eradication Advance Fee Scam
    Email claims that the United Nations Organization Compensation Department has awarded the recipient the sum of 500,000 British Pounds as part of the "Poverty Reduction And Eradication" program.
    Published: 8th September 2008

  • Webmail Account Phishing Scam
    Email claims that recipients must "confirm their account" by providing username and password details within three days or their webmail account will be closed.
    Published: August 27, 2008

  • Internet Explorer 7 Latest Version Malware Email
    Email that appears to be from Microsoft instructs the user to download the latest version of Internet Explorer 7 by clicking a link included in the message.
    Published: 15th August 2008

  • 'Buy Airplane Ticket Online' Trojan Email
    Email claims that the recipient has purchased an airline ticket online and should open an attached file to view an invoice and print out the ticket.
    Published: 29th July 2008

  • 'Buy Airplane Ticket Online' Trojan Email
    Email claims that the recipient has purchased an airline ticket online and should open an attached file to view an invoice and print out the ticket.
    Published: 29th July 2008

  • Google AdWords Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Google AdWords claims that the recipient's Google ads will be suspended unless payment information is updated
    Published: 29th July 2008

  • Wells Fargo Online Bank Account Update Scam
    Email claims that the recipient is required to update his or her Wells Fargo online bank account by clicking a link in the message.
    Published: 22nd July 2008

  • Not Able to Deliver UPS Package Malware Email
    Email purporting to be from delivery company, UPS, claims that a package sent by the recipient could not be delivered. The message instructs the recipient to open an attachment to print out an invoice.
    Published: 16th July 2008

  • Lottery Scam Payment Requests - Sky Express Couriers
    Sequence of emails illustrates the procedure used by Internet fraudsters in a typical lottery scam.
    Published: 14th July 2008

  • Nadezhda - Russian Dating Scammer
    Unsolicited email claims that "Nadezhda", a "nice young girl from Russia", is interested in you and would like to hear from you with the view to establishing a possible relationship.
    Published: 4th July 2008

  • Loan Offer Scam Emails
    Unsolicited emails promise easily procured, low interest loans to recipients.
    Published: 25th June 2008

  • Yahoo Account Phishing Scam Email
    Email claims that the recipient must supply account details within one week or his or her Yahoo account will be closed.
    Published: 9th June 2008

  • Yahoo International Lottery Programme Scam
    Email purporting to be from Jill Nash, Chief Communications Officer at Yahoo! claims that the recipient has won $500,000 in the 'Yahoo International Lottery programme'.
    Published: 2nd June 2008

  • Research Project Money Mule Scam
    Email, supposedly from a freelance scientific researcher, offers the recipient part time work processing cheques and money orders in return for a percentage of the processed fees.
    Published: 26th May 2008

  • British High Court Disclaim Form Lottery Scam
    Email claims that the recipient will be disqualified from receiving winnings from a lottery if he or she does not submit the required transfer fees immediately.
    Published: 16th May 2008

  • Already Gone To Hospital Malware Email
    Threatening email claims that the sender will find you and cripple you and states that another person involved has already gone to hospital.
    Published: 24th April 2008

  • Economic Stimulus Refund Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from the IRS claims that qualified recipients can receive the 2008 Economic Stimulus Refund by clicking a link in the message and filling in an online form
    Published: 19th April 2008

  • United States District Court Subpoena Malware Email
    Email purporting to be a subpoena from the United States District Court informs recipients that they must appear and testify before a Grand Jury
    Published: 16th April 2008

  • Visa Personal Password Phishing Scam
    Unsolicited email, purporting to be from Visa, instructs recipients to secure their credit cards by clicking a link and creating a personal password.
    Published: 3rd April 2008

  • Heineken Beer Company Promotion Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Heineken Bottling Company claims that the recipient has been awarded a large cash prize in a company promotion.
    Published: 26th March 2008

  • Interpol Funds Recovery Scam
    Email claims that an agent from international police organization, Interpol, is attempting to recover and return funds stolen from the recipient during previous scam attempts.
    Published: 18th March 2008

  • PayPal New Security Message Phishing Scam
    Email, purporting to be from PayPal, claims that you have a new security message waiting and are required to click a link to login to your account and read the message.
    Published: 2nd March 2008

  • Pay Up or I'll Kill You Scam Email
    Email claims that a paid assassin will kill you unless you pay a fee to cancel the contract.
    Published: 21st February 2008

  • Fake Microsoft Critical Update
    Email claiming to be from Microsoft instructs recipients to click a link to install an "urgent" critical update for Windows computers.
    Published: 8th February 2008

  • Chinese Olympic Committee Lottery Scam
    Email claims that the recipient has won a large sum of money in a lottery promotion organized by the Chinese Olympic Committee for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
    Published: 6th February 2008

  • Website Advertising Enquiry Scam
    Email sent to website owners claims to be an enquiry about buying links on the targeted website.
    Published: 5th February 2008

  • Scam Victims Reimbursements Programme Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Nigerian Government Reimbursement Committee claims that the recipient has been listed as a victim of a 419 scam and is therefore eligible for a reimbursement of $150,000.
    Published: 26th January 2008

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    Phishing continues to be one of the most significant security threats facing Internet users. During 2007, scammers distributed millions of phishing scam emails that targeted many different entities. Phishing attacks are sure to continue in 2008 and scammers will use such attacks to steal money and identities from many new victims around the world.
    Published: 9th January 2007

  • IRS Tax Refund Phishing Scam
    Email, purporting to be from the IRS, claims that the recipient is eligible for a tax refund and should click on an included link to access the refund.
    Published: 30th December 2007

  • Puppy Giveaway Advance Fee Scam
    Email claims that a church worker based in Africa is looking for someone to adopt his English Bulldog and Yorkshire Terrier pups for free because he can no longer care for them properly.
    Published: December 14, 2007

  • Freemasons' Grant Scam Email
    Email claims that The Freemason's Grand Charity has selected the recipient to be the beneficiary of a grant worth 1.5 million dollars.
    Published: 28th November 2007

  • Yahoo Awards Scam Email
    Email claims that the recipient has won a large sum of money in a Yahoo Awards prize promotion.
    Published: 22nd November 2007

  • Anzhela - Russian Dating Scammer
    Email claims that "Anzhela", a young woman living in Russia, is searching for a man in another country with the view to developing a long term and loving relationship.
    Published: 9th November 2007

  • Overseas Artist Job Offer Scam
    Emails claim that an artist needs a part time employee to process foreign cheques and money orders and will pay the employee a percentage of all funds processed
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  • Federal Trade Commission Complaint Scam
    Email purporting to be from the Federal Trade Commission claims that a complaint has been filed against the recipient.
    Published: 31st October 2007

  • Merrill Lynch Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from Merrill Lynch claims that customers must urgently login to their accounts and provide five personalized security questions.
    Published: 24th October 2007

  • Ministry Of Finance Non Residential Tax Lottery Scam
    Message, ostensibly from the "Ministry Of Finance" in the UK, claims that the recipient must pay Non Residential Tax before receiving supposed winnings from an international lottery.
    Published: 5th October 2007

  • Loan Offer Advance Fee Scams
    Unsolicited emails from supposed loan agencies claim that the recipient can borrow money for any purpose at a low interest rate.
    Published: 26th September 2007

  • Citizens Bank Money Manager Account Update Phishing Scam
    Email claims that Citizens Bank business or corporate customer must update their accounts by clicking a link and filling out an online form.
    Published: 17th September 2007

  • Dating Fraud Spam Emails
    Unsolicited emails claim that the sender is a "nice girl" who is bored and would like to chat. The sender promises to send pictures to those who reply.
    Published: September 4, 2007

  • Internet Dating Scams
    Scammers regularly exploit people using Internet dating services or those seeking relationships online. Many people around the world have been duped into sending money to Internet fraudsters posing as would-be girlfriends or boyfriends.
    Published: 25th June 2007

  • Iraq Soldier Advance Fee Scam
    Email, supposedly from Sgt. Chuck White Fitte, claims that the recipient's help is needed to move millions of dollars in cash out of Iraq.
    Published: 14th June 2007

  • FBI Fraud Alert Lottery Scam
    Email purporting to be from the FBI claims that a previous Microsoft lottery notification sent to the recipient has been checked and found to be genuine.
    Published: 7th June 2007

  • IRS Criminal Probe Scam Emails
    In late May 2007, scam emails purporting to be from America's Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began hitting inboxes. The emails are designed to fool recipients into installing a trojan onto their computers.
    Published: 2nd June 2007

  • Microsoft World Lottery Scam
    Email claims that the recipient has won $1,000,000 dollars in an international lottery run by the Microsoft Corporation.
    Published: 28th May 2007

  • Steve Irwin Nigerian Scam
    Email claims that Terri Irwin, the wife of fallen wildlife warrior Steve Irwin, needs the recipient's help to distribute a large sum of money to charity
    Published: 23rd May 2007

  • Dell Online Store Trojan Email
    Email claims to confirm a Dell Online Store credit card order for a digital camera worth $865 AUD.
    Published: 18th May 2007

  • PayPal Billing Information Update Scam
    Email claims that the recipient's PayPal account will be suspended if billing information is not updated.
    Published: 17th May 2007

  • Mercedes-Benz Prize Scam Email
    Email claims that the recipient has won a brand new Mercedes-Benz as well as a cash prize of ?500,000.00
    Published: 7th May 2007

  • Hackers Exploit Virginia Tech Tragedy
    Internet bottom-feeders began to capitalize on the Virginia Tech tragedy soon after the event.
    Published: 20th April 2007

  • Customer Support Center Robot Worm Email
    Email, which masquerades as an automated ISP message, claims the recipient must install an attached security patch to stop a worm from spreading.
    Published: 14th April 2007

  • Iran Missile Strike Worm Emails
    Inboxes are being hit by malicious emails with subject lines claiming there has been a missile strike launched against Iran or that war has been declared involving Iran, Israel or the USA.
    Published: 10th April 2007

  • Lottery Scam Variation - Bogus Cheque to Cover Expenses
    Email claims that the recipient will be sent a small portion of the money they have supposedly won in a lottery in the form of a cheque. The recipient is instructed to bank the cheque and then wire a specified amount to a "tax agent" ostensibly to cover taxation on the winnings
    Published: 29th March 2007

  • Verified By Visa Phishing Scam
    Email claiming to be from Visa asks recipients to click a link and provide account information in order to activate the "Verified by Visa" security program.
    Published: 7th March 2007

  • Australian Prime Minister Heart Attack Trojan Email
    Fake "news report" email claims that the Australian Prime Minister has been hospitalized after a serious heart attack.
    Published: 26th February 2006

  • HM Revenue & Customs Tax Refund Phishing Scam
    Email purporting to be from UK tax agency, HM Revenue & Customs claims that the recipient can submit a tax refund request by clicking a link in the message.
    Published: 13th February 2007

  • Ransomware Holds Your Files Hostage
    Malicious programs, called "ransomware", may trap files inside a folder that can only be accessed by entering a password held by a scammer.
    Published: 2nd February 2007

  • Storm Worm Hitting Inboxs Worldwide
    A trojan dubbed Storm Worm has been spreading rapidly and infecting computers around the globe.
    Published: 23rd January 2006

  • Hitman Payoff Scam Email
    Email claims that the sender has been paid to terminate you but he will cancel the contract if you pay him a large sum of money.
    Published: January 18, 2007

  • UK National Lottery Scams
    Emails supposedly from the UK National Lottery claim that the recipient has won a large sum of money and must supply personal information to the "agent" in charge of the prize.
    Published: December 20, 2006

  • "Question About Your Photo at flickr" Email Leads to Trojan
    Email claims that the sender is interested in finding out more about a photo posted on photo-sharing site flickr.
    Published: 3rd November 2006

  • Scam Baiting - Caution Required
    It is an increasingly common pastime to "bait" Nigerian scammers. However, scam baiters should approach this pastime with caution.
    Published: 17th October 2006

  • Beck's Beer Promotion Scam
    Email falsely claims that the recipient has won Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euros in a beer promotion from German brewer, Beck's.
    Published: 16th January 2007

  • Fake Mail Server Report Message Carries Worm
    Mail server message claims that emails containing worms have been sent from the recipients computer.
    Published: 5th October 2006

  • Fake Email Greeting Card Leads To Trojan
    An email that claims to be a Greeting Card notification from All-Yours.net actually points to a malicious trojan.
    Published: 27th September 2006

  • New Graphic Site - Yahoo Mail Worm
    An email worm that arrives with the subject "New Graphic Site" has been posing a threat to users of Yahoo web-based email.
    Published: 15th June 2006

  • Missed Call Phone Scam Warning Email
    Email message warns that answering a missed call on your mobile phone can lead to high phone charges when the caller attempts to claim a $40 prize by dialling another number
    Published: 14th June 2006

  • New Zealand Police Notification Hoax Email
    Trojan carrying scam email, supposedly from the New Zealand Police, informs recipients that they are under suspicion and requests them to provide personal information.
    Published: May 2006

  • FBI Virus Emails - Sober Worm
    Email, supposedly from the FBI, claims the recipient has been logged visiting illegal websites but actually carries the Sober X worm.
    Published: November, 2005

  • Nigerian Wolves In Sheep's Clothing.
    Nigerian scam emails with a Christian orientation ask recipients to help distribute funds to charities.
    Published: 2005

  • Osama Bin Laden Virus Emails
    Trojan bearing emails claim that Osama Bin Laden has been captured or hanged and asks recipients to open an attachment or follow a link for more information.
    Published: 2005

  • Scammers Exploit Hurricane Katrina
    Scammers are using the Hurricane Katrina tragedy to steal money from unsuspecting Internet users.
    Published: 2005

  • Terror Hits London Trojan
    Provides information about a trojan that arrives in an HTML email disguised as a CNN story about the London bombings in July 2005
    Published: 2005

  • Michael Jackson Suicide Message Points to Trojan
    Email claims that singer Michael Jackson has made a suicide attempt and urgers the recipient to click on the link to read more information.
    Published: 2005

  • Common Internet Scams - An Overview
    Provides an overview of some common Internet scams. Full reprint rights available.
    Published: 2005

  • PBS Bill Payment Not Approved Scam Email
    Email claiming to be from Payroll and Business Services Ltd warns that a recent bill payment has not been approved and requests recipients to open an attachment to view transaction details.
    Published: 200~

  • National Australia Bank Goes Bankrupt Scam Email
    Email claims that the National Australia Bank is going bankrupt and directs recipients to click on a link included in the message in order to read more information.
    Published: 15th June 2006

  • Reserve Bank Of Australia Phishing Scam
    Phishing scam email falsely claims to be from the Reserve Bank of Australia and informs recipients that they are required to verify debit card account details.
    Published: 2005

  • Fake Microsoft Security Patch Emails
    Provides information about fake Microsoft security patch emails that may carry or point to viruses.
    Published: 2004

  • How to spot an Email Hoax - Guide to Recognizing Hoaxes
    this article outlines some strategies for spotting email hoaxes that may cross your inbox.his article outlines some strategies for spotting email hoaxes that may cross your inbox.
    Published: 2004

  • Internet Worm SMTP Engines Explained
    It is very common to encounter a phrase such as "uses its own SMTP engine" when reading virus descriptions. This article briefly explains SMTP engines as they relate to Internet worms.
    Published: 2004

  • Email Worm Spoofing - Spoofing Explained
    Email worm spoofing can make it appear that person A sent person B a worm-infected email when this was not the case. This article provides information about email worm spoofing.
    Published: 2003

  • Sasser Worm Generating Havoc
    The Sasser worm and its variants generated havoc across the Internet during 2004.
    Published: 2003

  • Read The Privacy Policy
    supplying information on a website? This article explains why an important PC Security measure is to read the site Privacy Policy.
    Published: 2003

  • Testing Your Online Security
    How secure is your computer system? Find out how to get detailed PC security reports for free.
    Published: 2003

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