How to Unmask Spam and Scams
April 4, 2012
By Roger Thompson
 
I nearly wasn’t going to write about this, as it seems so basic, but then I got my second direct pitch from them in less than two weeks, and if nothing else, I figure they deserve to be outed.
 
It all starts with an email like this ….
 

The first clue that this is a scam of some sort is that it allegedly came from my son-in-law, and is simply out of character for him. If he had some good news, he’d be more likely to post it on Facebook, rather than email half a dozen of his friends.

 
If you click the link, you are taken to this slick-looking website …
 

The page looks legit at first glance, and a bit further down the page are even some comments that seem to support the claims of instant, easy riches …

 

The second clue that all is not as it seems, however, is that no matter which link you click anywhere on the page, you are taken to this page…

If you conduct a “whois” search on the domain, you find that the website, rather than being a news outlet, was only created a day or so ago, and is actually owned by someone in the Ukraine.

 

This is your third (if you still need it) and final clue that all is not right with this website. They probably want a money mule, the implications of which may not be apparent to you until the Secret Service knocks on your door, but even if they did have an astonishing new business offer, the way they have pitched you (from an impersonated email address, and a fake website) means that their scruples-bone is broken, and you should have nothing to do with it.
 
Folks, remember …. If a deal sounds too good to be true… it’s probably not true.
 
It’s a tricky Internet out there … .stay safe.
 
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