I can't believe that these types of scam messages are still circulating and making it through my Google Mail spam filters - but they are dangerous if you fall for them. They typically come from people you know and share the same hallmarks - see the example I received from a trusted Kabissa member below. The You can learn more about Internet Fraud at WikipediaYou can make sure you know how to fight Phishing by taking the PayPal Fight Fishing Challenge, or About.com has multiple phishing explanation pages

The best thing to do is contact your friend via another channel if you can and let them know their email address has been hacked - while you're at it you can ask if your friend really is in need of help. :) If you are certain that you have received a scam message, you should also report it to the email provider - in my case it came from a friend using Yahoo mail, so I used the Yahoo Abuse form to report it. 

How are you and your family and your health. I'm sorry I didn't inform you about my traveling to Nigeria, I'm in a dire Situation here. I'm so confused right now something very terrible is happening to me now, I had a trip here in Nigeria for a  Seminar. Unfortunately for me all my money got stolen on my way to the hotel where i lodged along with my bag where my passport was  I don't know what to do or where to go and my Phone is also stolen, I'm in a great sorrow written you this email. I'm even owing the hotel here. The total sum of money that i would need would be $2,900 to sort-out my hotel bills so i can make arrangements and return back, I'm full of panic now, I've sent an email to the embassy here but they are not responding to the matter effectively, I need a favor from you urgently. I'll return the money back to you as soon as i get home, I'm so confused right now. I wasn't injured because I complied immediately. I'll be waiting to hear from you so I can send you the western union information to use in sending the money.
    
God Bless you,

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I had another poke around in the Internet fraud page on Wikipedia and found
a section devoted specifically to "phishing":
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_fraud#Examples_of_phishing_attacks

I also came across an amusing anecdote on Huffingtonpost that explains how
this type of scam works:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lauren-cahn/confessions-of-a-nigerian_b_12...

Do you have any stories or advice to help us identify and protect ourselves
from this type of scam?

Cheers,

Tobias

While wikipedia can provide an in-depth explanation, I wouldn't think
of sending a user there to educate themselves, as it's too longwinded
and not direct enough for me to feel comfortable that people will
actually read it..

My go-to links for a brief explanation would be:
https://www.paypal.com/fightphishing

About.com has multiple phishing explanation pages, probably because of
the way they break up content:
http://antivirus.about.com/od/emailscams/ss/phishing.htm
http://banking.about.com/od/securityandsafety/a/phishingscams.htm

There may be other well written simple tutorials out there..
-L

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On Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 2:31 AM, Tobias Eigen <***@***.***> wrote:
> I had another poke around in the Internet fraud page on Wikipedia and found
> a section devoted specifically to "phishing":
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_fraud#Examples_of_phishing_attacks
> I also came across an amusing anecdote on Huffingtonpost that explains how
> this type of scam works:
> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lauren-cahn/confessions-of-a-nigerian_b_12...
> Do you have any stories or advice to help us identify and protect ourselves
> from this type of scam?
> Cheers,
> Tobias
> --
> Full post:
> http://www.kabissa.org/blog/dont-fall-scam-messages-people-you-know-urge...
> Manage my subscriptions: http://www.kabissa.org/og_mailinglist/subscriptions
> Stop emails for this post:
> http://www.kabissa.org/og_mailinglist/unsubscribe/4812
>

These are great links, thanks Lippe! I agree the wikipedia page is too long
and confusing.

The paypal phishing challenge is a great way to check your knowledge about
phishing. I got a 5 out of 5!

What worries me is these phishing emails tailored for scamming money from
African nonprofits. It can be hard to tell, esp if they come from your own
friend.

Cheers,

Tobias

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On Oct 9, 2010 3:41 AM, "Lippe Manufacturing"
<***@***.***> wrote:

While wikipedia can provide an in-depth explanation, I wouldn't think
of sending a user there to educate themselves, as it's too longwinded
and not direct enough for me to feel comfortable that people will
actually read it..

My go-to links for a brief explanation would be:
https://www.paypal.com/fightphishing

About.com has multiple phishing explanation pages, probably because of
the way they break up content:
http://antivirus.about.com/od/emailscams/ss/phishing.htm
http://banking.about.com/od/securityandsafety/a/phishingscams.htm

There may be other well written simple tutorials out there..
-L

On Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 2:31 AM, Tobias Eigen <***@***.***> wrote:
> I had another poke aroun...
> --
> Full post:
>
http://www.kabissa.org/blog/dont-fall-scam-messages-people-you-know-urge...
> Manage my subscriptions:
http://www.kabissa.org/og_mailinglist/subscriptions

> Stop emails for this post:
> http://www.kabissa.org/og_mailinglist/unsubscribe/4812
>

--
Full post:
http://www.kabissa.org/blog/dont-fall-scam-messages-people-you-know-urge...
Manage my subscriptions: http://www.kabissa.org/og_mailinglist/subscriptions
Stop emails for this post:
http://www.kabissa.org/og_mailinglist/unsubscribe/4812

I have updated this post to replace the confusing wikipedia link with a link to a great "PayPal Phishing Challenge" which I recommend we all take ASAP to make sure we know how phishing works, as well as some more learning resources on about.com. 

I am still concerned about this risk to Kabissa members, and the example I received was really very easy to fall for since it actually came from and was signed off by a Kabissa member who's mailbox was probably hacked into. Please be careful everyone never to give out your email passwords, to log out when you leave a public cybercafe, and remember to change your passwords from time to time. 

Anyone else have insights/suggestions?

Cheers, 

Tobias

I just got a follow-up scam message from the same trusted contact who has had his email address hacked into. This is uncanny and I hope nobody actually falls for it. I will now update this blog post to recommend that you also contact abuse@yahoo.com when you get a message from a yahoo account that you are sure is a scam to stop the scammer. Unfortunately I have not yet been able to reach my trusted contact through other means. 

Here is the message I got today: 

 

Am Still Requesting For Your Assistance..Please Send the money today !!!

 

How are you doing today? Today is Monday 11/10/2010, have not been able to find solution to my problem, what bothers me most is the hotel outstanding bill which i promise i will sort out this week, due to the incident that happen to me, makes the hotel management to consider me and they know am a foreigner, please try and arrange the money for me today so that i wil sort out the bills and also buy my flight ticket back home, i promise promise to pau when you when am back, Please send whatever amount you would be able to mobilize via western union money transfer below:
 
Receiver Name: [trusted person's name]
Address: Rivers Hotel and suit room 6
State:Lagos
Country:Nigeria
Zip Code:23401
Test Question:
Test Answer:
 
I'll appreciate your assistance out of here as soon as you can, I promise to pay you back upon my return, meanwhile, upon completion of transfer, email me a copy of the western union transfer receipt, money transfer control number, text question and answer so that i will use it to pick up the funds in a nearby bank here.
 
God Bless you,
[trusted person's name]

 

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