Scam / Spam / Phishing Explosion

If you wonder why some comments weren’t accepted within a reasonable amount of time: I’m experiencing a sudden and large influx of spam. These include the usual fake comments, which in most cases try to flatter you in a pathetic way (“Hey, great blog, I bookmarked you!”), but also a number of phishing attempts.

It sometimes takes a lot of scamstime to wade through all this crap and find valid comments which accidentally ended up there (false positives). This causes the delays you might experience.

The latest phishing attempt, supposedly sent by a company by the name of Top International, is worthy of some extra attention.

“Hello,

 Please view the document i uploaded for you using Google docs. Click here (link removed), just sign in with your email to view the document its very important
 
Regards,”

When such a poorly written e-mail says it’s important, it usually isn’t. The link will send you to a .com.uy domain (Uruguay). What they want you to do is to sign in with your Gmail credentials, after which they can steal your identity.

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8 comments on “Scam / Spam / Phishing Explosion

  1. It’s quite amazing how poorly most spam comments are written. Especially the grammar is often poor, even if you are not an English native speaker, you can see the errors in grammar.

    • They’re horrible. This one wasn’t even signed. I can only imagine the panic if you fall into this trap. Every Google service and synced Android device is immediately owned by someone else. Can’t be good news…

  2. Toch zijn er absoluut mensen die er in trappen. Internet is in principe levensgevaarlijk en kan je diep in de problemen brengen. Als ik zie hoe de jeugd tegenwoordig leest en schrijft is voor hen het gevaar alleen nog maar groter. Ik krijg de laatste maanden een gigantische stapel e-mail met als afzender Rabobank. Bijna niet van echt te onderscheiden, alleen door de taalfouten en het niet gebruiken van hoofdletters kun je ze van echt onderscheiden. Het gaat er hierbij natuurlijk om dat je via hun site inlogt op online bankieren waarna ze je rekening leegtrekken. Ik ben benieuw hoeveel geld in dit soort spam omgaat….73, Bas

    • > Als ik zie hoe de jeugd tegenwoordig leest en schrijft is voor hen
      > het gevaar alleen nog maar groter.

      Wel eens gezien hoe sommige leraren tegenwoordig lezen en schrijven?

      (….)

    • Hi Bob,

      I’ve used Askimet from the start. Amazing system – makes mistakes now and then, but nothing major.

      It’s the sheer number of spam comments I suddenly have to deal with.

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