Friday, April 1, 2011

West African Drug Syndicate Behind Drug Mules

Some Drug Mules are Actually Victims!

Different stories of 3 Filipinos in China ended with the same fate by lethal injection. The execution was given on 30th of March . Two of them were women who thought their journey to China was an opportunity to have better job. Perhaps due to poverty and ignorance they had been used by notorious drug syndicate. I could not blame them if it never came out of their minds why they were instructed not to bring their own personal things but only bags given by their recruiters in exchange for about US$ 2,000.00 or even more.

West African Drug Syndicate

This is very alarming! There are more than hundreds of drug mules that are actually in death row right now. I believe many of them are just victims. The members of the West African Drug Syndicates are really the perpetrators. I was really affected by the senseless death of the victims. My heart is pounding and crying with madness every time I remember their stories. I do not really want to consider their deaths as meaningless perhaps it would be better for us to learn from it.

Death Penalty

Before, I was considering death penalty as solution for the heinous crimes (including drug trafficking) but now after hearing their stories I decided to change my stand a bit. In an ideal and perfect world of justice system I have nothing against it but if we are just relying what the book says or what the laws say without allowing our conscience and heart to interpret what is rightful for a person being accused, death penalty is certainly not the solution.

Do not get yourself into trouble! It is always a good practice not to trust anybody especially those people you do not know. Never accept baggage especially when you are about to enter in the new host country.

                                 Sally was 32, Ramon was 42 and Elizabeth was 38.
Fact: They did not know that they were about to be executed until they met their relatives few moments  before the scheduled execution.

We have to learn from their fate. May they rest in peace! I hope the recruiters will be punished by death!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Google Lottery Scam!

Have you received this kind of scam below? They are obviously stealing your identity:


Stamford New Road,
Altrincham Cheshire,
WA14 1EP
United Kingdom.

 We wish to congratulate you once again on this note, for being part of our winners
selected this year. This promotion was set-up to encourage the active users of the
Google search engine and the Google ancillary services.
  Hence we do believe with your winning prize, you will continue to be active and
patronage to the Google search engine. Google is now the biggest search engine
worldwide and in an effort to make sure that it remains the most widely used search
engine, we ran an online e-mail beta test which your email address won £450,000.00.
We wish to formally announce to you that you have successfully passed the
requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report
Test conducted for all online winners.
You are advised to contact your Foreign Transfer Manager with the following
details to avoid unnecessary delay and complications:
(1) Your contact address.
(2) Your Tel/Fax numbers.
(3) Your Nationality/Country.
(4) Your Full Name.
(5) Occupation/Age.
(6) Your Preferred Method of Receiving Your Prize (Bank Transfer)
Doctor Frank Smith
Email       Tell:  +447024044903

   The Google Promotion Award Team has discovered a huge number of double
Claims due to winners informing close friends relatives and third parties
about their winning and also sharing their pin numbers. As a result of this,
these friends try to claim the lottery on behalf of the real winners. The
Google Promotion Award Team has reached a decision from headquarters that
any double claim discovered by the Lottery Board will result to the
canceling of that particular winning, making a loss for both the double
claimer and the real winner, as it is taken that the real winner was the
informer to the double claimer about the lottery. So you are hereby strongly
advised once more to keep your winnings strictly confidential until you
claim your prize.
Yours Sincerely,
Dr. Frank Smith.
©2010 Google Corporations

To learn more about this make a research or check the link below:

It looks like authentic and they are using the Google domain name. How this thing happened? Why they do not want others to get informed when you received the notification?

Monday, January 11, 2010

Better to Lose Thousands of Dollars than to Suffer from Identity Scam

Scam about identity of a particular person being used by other individual or syndicate has been there even before the introduction of internet. As the technology advances the scammers in general also become sophisticated. In the past years they could get your personal information through monitoring or keep spying a particular subject. One of the known traditional ways of getting your personal information by fraudster is by conducting survey either personally meet you up using other party surveyor, through telephonic conversation or through courier. Actually there were many ways that had been used before and some are still being used in today’s digital world.

At present most of the scams are made by the use of internet as gateway. Using this technology they can shoot many birds at the same time using with less effort. Imagine if they can fool you with a dollar-cost while fooling another 99 internet users at the same time in a day? The scammer has earned USD 100 in a day or USD 3,000 in a month. What if these 100 internet users (including you) have unwittingly released USD 1,000 each because they had been persuaded by scammers? It’s a huge amount of money for an organization engaged in fraudulent acts!

Identity scam is not just about using your personal data it might be by using other personal records or identity of a person related to you and you as their target to be a victim. Today, those experts in this kind of scam usually hire hackers to get information about a particular person. Once they have already hacked personal data or files they will plan on how they could get money either by threat or by other ways. Sometimes they use someone’s personal information and by telling it to you confidently then you will get convinced that he is your friend or relative seeking immediate help or attention. Fraudsters sometimes also use automation through internet. You are probably not aware that you had filled up a form or registered at unreliable website.

Automated scams usually come from unsolicited emails or the so-called spam mails. Once you have made reply to it then it will be their opportunity to revert to you automatically with the pre-written letters until you will be asked for money. Aside from stealing money from you they have already stolen your personal file. One of the best examples to get you persuaded to disclose your personal information is through a spam mail that you are encouraged to apply for a country or company with high-paying jobs. By giving your CV they will know where you worked or presently working for. They surely will get your birthday, even your middle name and your father’s full name. The information would be sufficient enough for them to plan on how to fool you in the future. If you have realized that you have done it before you need to be cautious. Stealing personal information about you has greater damage than getting scammed for few thousands of dollars so beware of identity theft. They can use it against your advantage. You could be vulnerable to credit card fraud.

Prevention is the best option so every time you fill up with your personal information or registering in a website make sure that they are trusted and reliable. If the damage has been done all you have to do is to be careful and always seek for doubts. Think negatively about any propositions or hot offer! Remember that in order for scammers to succeed are by winning your heart, have full control over your feelings and your impulsiveness in making decisions.

Monday, December 14, 2009

ATTENTION: The Bat! Being Used by Email Scammers

Have you received unsolicited emails or are you liaising with one of the suspicious scammers thru email correspondences? The question is how we can confirm and track these scammers even if they use sophisticated media or technology in operating their fraudulent business?

This is a simple instruction on how we can get information about the sender or the source of the email message. Let us say you are using Yahoo email service. We can track them by going to your inbox and choose one of the suspected scammers message by pointing your mouse to it then right click and choose "View Full Headers". Copy paste the information acquired in a spreadsheet and tabulate the data. Use
one or many of the available IP-Address trackers. All the information about the sender will appear including its IP address. However those professional scammers use X-Mailer: The Bat! so it would be difficult to track them down. To get to know further information about this please check the article below.


Courtesy of Systems Architecture Laboratory (ESAL) located in Stockholm, Sweden

Technology that can be abused by Scammers – Are you being scammed?

Scamming is a sophisticated technique used to part the unwary of their money. The challenge for the scammer is that not everyone falls for the scam; unfortunately, enough people do fall for the scam to keep the scammers in business. This short article helps explain how Scammers use technology to help them commit a scam and signals that you can look for that will help you avoid being a victim.

Scammers have a big problem to overcome when they try to get unwary people to send them money – first, there is a much higher awareness today so far fewer people fall for the scams. This means that Scammers need to "play the percentages" and send out as many "convincing" e-mails as possible in the hopes of finding their victim. How can they do this? Through technology solutions normally used by companies. Let me ask you two questions: First, what would you think if you knew that the person writing you was using a commercial software application typically used by businesses? Second, what would you think about receiving e-mails from a mail client from someone claiming that they were using an Internet Café? If you do not understand either of these two questions, your vulnerability to being scammed is much greater. There are two pieces of background information that will help you understand why understanding the context of these two questions is important:

First, managing the large number of scams that are necessary in order to identify a victim is difficult. The solution is to use a commercial software application that has the following characteristics:

1) The Scammer needs an e-mail client that can manage large amounts of e-mail from many different e-mail accounts (using the same e-mail account for communicating with many victims can be problematic since once identified as a Scammer, there are enough Blacklists that the e-mail account will be readily recognizable).
2) The Scammer needs an e-mail client that can sort messages from different e-mail accounts into threads do that the dialogue over time can be managed – this allows "customization" of the communication with the victim to help avoid suspicion (not answering questions or ignoring important information can tip off a victim that something is wrong.
3) The Scammer needs a way to reduce the amount of effort required to communicate with all their victims.

Second, as the scale of the scamming activity increases, the Scammer will have a problem using a web e-mail service:

1) E-mail service providers, once aware of a scam, can involve law enforcement agencies and can identify other victims and send out warnings – the Scammer needs to minimize, as much as possible, traces of their scamming activities.
2) Most people would never consider using an e-mail application from an Internet Café (which many Scammers claim to be using) since all of their mail would be left on the computer they were using! If someone is using an e-mail application of any kind (Outlook Express, Outlook, etc.) while stating that they are using an Internet Café warning lights and a siren should be going off.

Now that we have identified the characteristics, we can discuss two simple tests that you can do yourself: First, as soon as possible, ask the person that you are corresponding with where they live. With this information, you can inspect the e-mail message header (most e-mail clients will show this information as "message header" or "show original message") – the part that you are looking for looks like this:

Received: from ( [])
(authenticated bits=0)
by (8.12.10/8.12.10) with ESMTP id jBHJSM2V039983
for ; Sat, 17 Dec 2005 22:29:30 +0300 (MSK)
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 22:26:48 +1100
From: scammer
X-Mailer: The Bat! (v2.01)

Step one is to find out where the message actually came from – for this example I am using an e-mail where the woman claimed to be using an Internet Café in Cheboksary, Russia. I enter the following URL into my web browser:

Next, I enter the IP address from the line that starts with "Received:" which is:

And enter it into the "Search for" field on the web page, which returns the following results:

person: Nikolay Nikolaev
address: Volgatelecom Mari El branch
address: Sovetskaya 138
address: 424000 Yoshkar-Ola
address: Russia MariEl Republic
phone: +7 8362 421549
phone: +7 8362 664435
fax-no: +7 8362 664151
nic-hdl: NN-RIPE
source: RIPE # Filtered

I am expecting the address to be Cheboksary and Chuvash Republic – I am not expecting the address to be Yoshkar-Ola and MariEl Republic! Actually, I already had a warning flag in the e-mail header:

Received: from

If the e-mail actually came from Cheboksary, I would expect to see the following:

person: Medukov J Alexandr
address: 428000 Cheboxary Lenin av 2a
phone: +7 8352 662912
nic-hdl: MJA4-RIPE
source: RIPE # Filtered

How did I get this information? Simple, find a government or business URL in the city you are interested in and enter it into Ripe. You may need to identify the IP address by using the PING command – this will turn a text URL into an IP address that can be searched on Ripe. I will not go into this more, since this topic wanders off topic a bit.

The important thing to note is that the city and republic do not match what was expected – there are a lot of people on this and other web site forums that can assist you if you need more help.

The second test is to examine the message header and look for "X-Mailer:" – in our example we find the following:

X-Mailer: The Bat! (v2.01)

This means that the person sending me the e-mail from a supposed Internet Café is using an e-mail client application. By now, "Red Alert" should be flashing! Why would someone use an e-mail client from an Internet Cafe? Well, most normal people would not – so this is very likely a scam!

Now that I have covered how you can test your own e-mails for scamming attempts, I want to return to the technology topic.

The Bat! (also known as TB! And TB) – I will use TB! From this point on – is an e-mail client application (a program that runs on a personal computer) that is marketed towards companies and individuals that need to manage large volumes of e-mail. The OECD refers to a category of company as a Small to Medium-Sized Enterprise – an SME for short. Smaller SME's often have very limited budgets and cannot afford specialized Sales and Marketing, Customer Service, and other forms of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software. Our laboratory supports a group company that helps smaller SME's adapt TB! for their business. I mention this because TB! Has been associated with both Spamming and Scamming – the product is legitimate and is a valuable tool for many businesses; unfortunately, the same features that make TB! effective and efficient for companies, also provide a similar benefit to Scammers. There are two features that Scammers find particularly useful:

1) TB! supports a sophisticated macro programming language and a sophisticated ability to manage templates – predefined text that can be dynamically changed by the macro programming language to respond to e-mails. This allows a technically competent person to create a Scamming system that has a high degree of automation while at the same time allowing the scammer to add custom text in predefined areas within the template. The more people that the Scammer can correspond with, the more likely a victim can be found. 2) TB! is designed to work with multiple e-mail servers simultaneously. This makes it very easy for the Scammer to use numerous "dummy" e-mail accounts for Scamming unsuspecting victims (TB! downloads and erases the e-mails from each e-mail server making it harder for investigators to track what was happening).

An e-mail client such as Outlook Express or Outlook Professional and most web e-mail clients such as Yahoo and Hotmail do not offer this level of sophistication. TB! is also very affordable at less than USD $60.00 – well within the means of the typical Scammer. TB! is a product of RIT Labs, which is based in Moldova.

This article was produced by the Enterprise Systems Architecture Laboratory (ESAL) located in Stockholm, Sweden. Reuse of this information free of royalty is hereby granted providing that this notice is included in any reproductions.

Our footnote. Beware!! recently scammers started using other mass-mailing programs (those are usually used to send spam). In particular: FC'2000, Becky and CommuniGate Pro.


I hope this article is useful and informative to everybody!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

A Gift of Spam Mails and Malwares (Malicious Software) these Holiday Seasons

Are you upset every time you open your personal email account flooded with spam mails? Have you ever wondered why there are many bulk mails eating most of your inbox storage? Despite of replacing your personal email and then later you have seen again a growing spam mails. The spam mails can penetrate your spam protection because they have passed the filtering process. This holiday seasons the Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned the public on email scams. From these spam mails some of it have electronic greeting cards (known as e-cards, or postcards) that after viewing the attachment you will be prompted to click the link on the webpage which has malwares.
Before opening any attachments sent to you from unsolicited mails it is recommended to conduct your own investigation if there are malwares attached into it. Run your updated Anti-virus from your computer and/or from a trusted website that provides free services in scanning the files that you have received.

Email Registration Required by Many Websites

Do not just give your personal email address to any websites you encounter while surfing the internet. It would be advisable to use a dummy email address to satisfy some websites requirements if you do not trust them. Ask yourself why they are requiring you to fill up some personal information and your email address to be indicated if there has no relevance. Obviously what they would do before you provide further information you will be prompted that they do not save password or sell your email address.

How To Catch Websites Who Sell Email Addresses?

An ordinary internet user can catch if a website is engaged to email address database selling to another parties. Nowadays, before you can participate into forums and/or use their services you will be required to enter your email address. Although not all forum sites or any websites that ask you to provide email address as part of registration process (before you can participate to their forum, for example) are selling email addresses to others but it will become like a form of spamming once you have registered and you will be automatically emailed if there are some updates on the site you have joined. Aside from this, some of the sites make a good profit by selling email addresses. As stated here, you can use a dummy email address but expect many spam emails flooding your message box.
If you want to identify which sites are engaged on spamming emails it will be easy but it will eat up some of your time. For example, create three new email accounts and assigned each one of them to three suspected sites that sell email addresses to another parties. Do not disclose your three new accounts to anybody and wait for about one to three months if your message inbox are free or flooded with spam emails.
In a study, even if you will not register your email address to any websites but you disclose it by posting comments to blogs or forum threads the said email address will be at risk of spam emails as well. Just be careful and once you have received spam mails it would be best if you will just delete it right away and do not dare to open it.

What Should You Need To Do If You Get Spammed?

If you have many bulk mails and mostly are unsolicited then you just need to delete all of them or use a best software that blocks all these in the possible penetration in the future. Make sure that you do not react or make any replies to them. If you do, the chance is you will be getting more unwanted emails to be received in few days. Answering to spam messages will put you into more difficult situation and you will be out of control.
If you have received those obviously fraudulent messages then do not reply and if you want to report it to authorities then it would be good. To give you an example, you might have received a notification letter that says you have won US$1 million from a lottery or a Nigerian Scam that was telling you to contact them with their telephone number. You might have noticed that the message was obviously has not been sent to you directly as you can see that the mailto was not your email address (“undisclosed recipients”, or only shows other email addresses). Why in the letter that you must call them and why not them? The email address that they were using is just a yahoo mail, msn, gmail, etc. or the account that can be gotten from any websites that offer free email addresses to anybody.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Site Advisory Service

I would like to share what I have checked out on internet. This is about software that can pre-check the sites from any threats of virus, spywares and the like. It is very useful before you enter into the chosen sites from search list you will be given a status code if it is safe to explore or if there are some reports about the site’s spyware, virus, and malwares.

I am not promoting this site but I believe this will be of great help especially if we do not have good anti-virus software or nothing at all. You can search other known anti-virus software online with similar services offered as well.

Check this link and it will do the rest for you :

Should you have queries please do not hesitate to leave a message.

This is how the software works after you have downloaded it. It is free.

Friday, October 16, 2009

What is Telemarketing Fraud?

Have you received a call from a telemarketer telling about their company and the services they are offering? Or telling that you have won from a raffle that you don’t even have a clue how you have been granted with rewards? Before going into deep of discussion take note that once you have given money or personal information to unknown caller the chance of getting yourself into trouble is too high. It would be difficult to refund or get the money back but the worst is the damage that has been done if they got your personal information. Mostly of deceiving callers will ask about your personal information such as the following that it looks like a survey that they are conducting which they hide their secret agenda.
Common questions or information they would like to know that would look like you are filling up a survey form :
1.Your full name
2. Address
3.Credit card account number, or type of credit card that you are using.
4. Credit card CVV (Card Verification Value) number which is usually 3-4 digits depending on the card type that you are holding. The fraudulent telemarketer will offer you to buy their frontline products or services so that you will provide your credit card information to avail their offer instantly. By placing a purchase using your credit card of course they might now the expiration date of your card and other information that they would ask you prior to purchase.
5. Your email address
6. Your mother’s maiden name, date of birth, spouse’s name.
Some of the credit card companies are asking about basic questions before they entertain inquiries and disclose to you about your account information. Once the scammers have got all these information from you they might call the credit card company or your bank to get more information in your account.
7. Your job or position at work. How many are living at home?
They might ask you how long you usually spend your time at work. By knowing your daily routine as well the deceiving telemarketer will have a chance to send somebody to your home if there is an opportunity to rub your belongings. They are smart enough that even your neighbors will not think that they are rubbing your house.

Maybe you have received an email notification or through text (sms) about your free gifts, vacation, or prizes, but it will not be easy, they will ask you to pay postage, handling fees, and many more charges. This case is the same thing as stated in item number 4 above. You have to purchase instantly since the offer is just for the day and you have no time to decide otherwise you will never get the freebies. Legitimate telemarketers or company that they represent should not pressure you. They should give you a chance to think and if they pressure you it would be better if you seek advice from local authority.
It is obvious that they are into fraudulent business if they will tell you that you do not need to verify or ask more about their company information. Of course they will not give you a chance to verify their backgrounds. They want a short time transaction only.

How To Avoid Telemarketing Fraud?

There are some tips on how to avoid the telemarketing fraud.
1. You must conduct background check about their company.
2. Ask the telemarketer’s full name although they might provide you wrong information but at least you have done your part in getting more about them. Do not just believe but get further into your own investigation.
3. It would be good if they could provide you a formal letter and not just give what they are asking without black-and-white proof of transaction or their letter of intent or the like.
4. They should not ask to pay in advance. You must receive their services or products before you pay or otherwise if you trust their company’s credibility.
5. If they are representing charity organization think first if after giving the money, will they really use it for goodwill?
6. The bottom line is to know more about them first, do not be pressured. You can report it to local authority if they have some records. Seek help from the right agency, friends, and check the internet as well if there are some forums about their company or product and services that they are offering.