Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Beware Moroccan Internet Scam

A warning that there is a scam email circulating at the moment that may fool the unwary. Usually scam emails are easy to pick because the domain is Nigerian, Russian, Ukrainian or Bulgarian, but the reason we are pointing this one out is that the email, claiming to be from the CIA, is from a domain in Morocco.

Take close look at the email below and you will soon see that it is a very amateur attempt. For a start "Capt. Jeffry Adams, Investigation Officer of the Email Investigation Agency" is writing to "undisclosed recipients" from a Moroccan email address: blotel@menara.ma. which was not a CIA account when we last checked. Hopefully the Moroccan ISP Menara will close the account. Probably most embarrassing for the CIA is Captain Jeffry Adams himself, whose awkward use of the English language would certainly not be up to the Agency standards. One suspects he would have failed the entrance test!

This is from the email account investigation agency, we where set up by the U.N working under the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) Bodies, our duties is to monitor and investigate email addresses and mails to prevent individuals from getting scam.

You are hereby required to forward to this office via email; investigation-team@live.com every mail and content of anyone you are dealing any transaction with online or paying money to, or any email you suspect to be scam, so we can investigate them and let you know the legitimacy, and if any is to be Fraudulent, we shall immediately send the FBI after them, and charge them for Fraud

Our duties is to fight against scam and terrorism.
If Capt Adams would like to send us his personal details we will see if we can enrol him in an English Language class at the American Language Center.  Jokes about the poor language skills aside - never send personal email information to someone you don't know or open an attachment from an unfamiliar email address. Here are the basic rules.

If you encounter an unsolicited e-mail that asks you, either directly, or through a web site, for personal financial or identity information, such as Social Security number, passwords, or other identifiers, exercise extreme caution.

If you need to update your information online, use the normal process you've used before, or open a new browser window and type in the website address of the legitimate company's account maintenance page.

If a website address is unfamiliar, it's probably not real. Only use the address that you have used before, or start at your normal homepage.Always report fraudulent or suspicious e-mail to your ISP.

Most companies require you to log in to a secure site. Look for the lock at the bottom of your browser and "https" in front of the website address.

Take note of the header address on the web site. Most legitimate sites will have a relatively short internet address that usually depicts the business name followed by ".com," or possibly ".org." Spoof sites are more likely to have an excessively long strong of characters in the header, with the legitimate business name somewhere in the string, or possibly not at all.

If you have any doubts about an e-mail or website, contact the legitimate company directly. Make a copy of the questionable web site's URL address, send it to the legitimate business and ask if the request is legitimate.


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