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  1. Funny Spam Emails

    January 15, 2019 by The Man

    Sometimes they are just so funny and I copy/paste so anybody can Google the Bitcoin address if they aren’t sure, yes it’s a scam and a poor one at that.

    Dear Diane Regnier

    Yоu mаy not knоw mе and yоu аre prоbablу wоndеring why yоu are gеtting this е mаil, right?
    I’m a hacker who сrасkеd yоur dеvices а few mоnths ago.
    I sent you аn еmаil frоm YOUR hаcked accоunt.
    I setup а malwаre оn thе аdult vids (pоrno) web-sitе аnd guess whаt, уou visited this sitе tо havе fun (уou know what I meаn).
    While уou wеrе wаtching vidеos, your internet browsеr stаrtеd out functioning as а RDP (Rеmotе Cоntrol) hаving a keуloggеr whiсh gаvе mе acсеssibility to уоur sсrеen аnd web cam.
    aftеr that, my sоftwаrе program obtаined аll of yоur сontacts аnd files.

    Yоu enterеd а pаsswords оn the websites yоu visited, аnd I intercеpted it.

    Of coursе yоu can will сhаngе it, or аlrеady changed it.
    But it doesn’t matter, mу malwarе updated it evеry time.

    Whаt did I do? 
    I crеаtеd a doublе-sсrееn videо. 1st pаrt shоws thе video you were watсhing (уоu’ve gоt a goоd tаste hahа . . .), аnd 2nd pаrt shows the reсording оf уоur web cam.
    Dо nоt trу tо find аnd dеstroy my virus! (All your datа is аlrеadу uploаded to a rеmote server)
    – Dо nоt try tо contаct with me
    – Vаrious sеcurity sеrviсes will not help уоu; fоrmаtting а disk оr destrоying a dеviсе will not hеlp еither, sincе уоur datа is alrеаdу оn а remоtе server.

    I guаrantee yоu thаt I will nоt disturb уou аgain аftеr paуmеnt, аs you are nоt my singlе viсtim. This is а hасker соde of hоnоr.

    Dоn’t be mаd at mе, еverуonе hаs their own wоrk. 
    еxactlу what should уou do?

    Well, in mу оpinion, $795 (USD) is a fair priсе for оur littlе seсret. Yоu’ll makе the paуment bу Bitсoin (if уou dо not know this, searсh “hоw to buy bitcоin” in Goоgle).

    Mу Bitcоin wallеt Address:

    (It is сAsE sеnsitive, so соpy and pаstе it)

    You hаvе 48 hоur in order tо make thе pауment. (I’ve a facеbооk piхel in this mаil, аnd at this momеnt I know thаt you have reаd thrоugh this еmаil mеssage).
    To track thе reаding of а messаgе аnd thе actiоns in it, I usе the fасeboоk piхel.
    Thаnks tо them. (Everything that is usеd for thе authоritiеs сan hеlp us.)
    If I do not get the BitCoins, I will cеrtаinlу send out your vidео reсоrding to аll of yоur cоntасts inсluding rеlatives, соworkers, аnd sо оn. Hаving said thаt, if I receive thе paymеnt, I’ll dеstrоy the videо immidiatеly.
    If yоu nеed evidenсe, rеply with “Yes!” аnd I will сеrtainlу send out your vidеo rеcording tо your 6 cоntaсts. It is a non-nеgоtiаble оffеr, that being said don’t waste my personаl time and уours by respоnding to this messаge.

  2. Clever Scam & Why LinkedIn Is The Last Place To Look For Employees

    June 5, 2018 by The Man

    Received this email yesterday and it got me thinking why !?!?!

    Now it’s either a scam or hopefully a very clever person who was sacked from their last job. Let me explain.

    Imagine you were working at X company for a few years and one day they caught you stealing the one ply toilet rolls from the third floor loos. How are you going to get a job now ? Simple you just Google a list of companies that have closed in the last year as Digital Wired has. Add that to your C.V. and who’s going to query when you tell them the company went bust or lost a big contract etc. because who are they going to check with. Perfect and unless your HR department checked with the old directors who’s to ever know.

    I hope Daniel gets a job soon, if nothing but for his ingenuity 😊

  3. The 0800 088 5480 scammers

    March 22, 2016 by The Man

    What’s disturbing is this 0800 088 5480 number has been used for scamming for nearly two years – thanks to BT for making it impossible to report this scam number and allowing people to get scammed while you earn money off them.

    0800 088 5480

    There is a more comprehensive report here but despite being over a year ago they still been to be working from the same number.

    So, like most scams, they want to control your pc so they can install malware and steal your bank details. They pray on the old and will continue to do so when it’s so hard to report this. should be the place to report such crimes but they are only interested in general types of scam for their statistics and seem to be disinterested in actually closing these numbers down.

    Scammers scam because good men do nothing !!!

  4. Raspberry Ketone Scams

    May 10, 2014 by The Man

    The Slimplex Scam…..

    Ever seen those adverts for super weight loss using “Raspberry Ketone” or some other bullshit super food ? Be warned this is just a scam.

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    So did she find this “miracle cure” or did scientists ?

    1. None of the adverts lead you direct to the site but take you to site that looks like an article but always dated today (hint they use code to change the date so it always appears current) these sites are often bought and used for a few months then dumped when they are reported. This site was register a few months ago and has all the whois info hidden 🙁

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    2. You are then linked to or another site where you can order a free trial…. but nothing in life is free and you are charged postage. Bang they got you. (Again site registered a few months ago and will disappear soon after bad reviews)

    “Received Slimplex product that I ordered as it was supposed to be free trial and only pay postage only to find enclosed letter to say that my credit card would be charged almost £160 pounds a week after delivery. Tried phoning above number but no answer.”

    “this is the number for the company advertising a free trial of raspberry ketone (pre cleansing pro and simplex) in truth when the trial pack arrives it then tells you the trial will cost you £79.97 for each trial bottle then gives this number to ask for a returns code but without this code they will not accept the return, and when you call this number they do not answer please be warned it’s a scam.”

    Remember there is only one way to lose the fat, hard work and a good diet.

  5. Facebook and scams – why do Facebook make it so hard to report ?

    February 28, 2013 by The Man

    I was on Facebook the other day and saw an advert for cheap Oakley glasses, now I know how much they are so seeing them offered at 80% off is just to good to be true. So time to check out the advert for

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    First the site looks ok but there are already tell tale signs, like no way to contact them and no address anywhere. Next lets check the WHOIS record.

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    Not a great sign when the domain was only registered the day before. The address in Florida does not exist and yet the email I sent to their ISP has yet to solicit a reply. To be fair reporting it to Oakley them self did not solicit a reply either.

    Now despite reporting to Facebook it looks like the advert is back the next day but with some clever use of obfuscation.

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    Sadly the advert was rotated before I could report it and there is nowhere you can report these things outside of the advert. So lots more Facebook users will be ripped off because a multi billion dollar company isn’t interested in your safety. Surprised – not really.


    Well looks like the ads are still being shown on Facebook some 3 days later, just a change of url in the image.

    I also had a reply from, this is what I sent which is registered with you is a scam site. The registered address appears to be fake and the site is a classic card scam site”

    and this the comical reply.

    “We’ve passed your notification on to our client and they have reported back that the below-referenced issue has been addressed.”

    WTF so have they stopped scamming or just fixed the fake address ? Is it really any wonder so many people get ripped off when we have incompetence like this.

    Looks like the company is based out of China and has been doing this for at least 4 years so anybody looking for HOOYOO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO.LTD should know they are scammers with no goods but lots of fakes.

    Indeed I wonder if they are the same HooYoo (US) Inc. who were recently terminated by

    It does look like somebody caught up with them as one of their other domains has been seized “This domain was previously held for the sale of alleged counterfeit TRUE RELIGION products”

    Update 2

    I asked take2hosting “Can you confirm they have stopped scamming credit card details or fixed the false registered address ?”

    Their reply

    “We closed out this issue once our customer reported back that they have disabled service to the web site involved (”

    It seems that they have just moved on, well done to take2hosting for ridding themselves and sorry to them for pestering them when they already closed the account.

    Now off to their new hosts, also contacted Internic to report their registrar (which I suspect is one in the same company)

    Update 3

    Well were quick to block the site, but literally 40 minutes later the site was back up again on on Let’s email them again to let them know.

    And wow what lazy people they are, here is the original template file – top Oakley ripoff and below the template file

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    Update 4

    Well the site has been down for 5 hours now at 21:00 on 4th March 2013

    Update 5

    From the 5th of March 2013 the site has been on which is owned by but their whois abuse record is incorrect and 24 hours later no reply from their web site, but I will perceiver and am sending twitter and email messages in the hope of soliciting a reply soon.

    Update 6 – 6th Match 2013

    So looks like @Oakley doesn’t care about you getting scammed and are not going to reply. It shouldn’t be this difficult but that’s what makes scamming so easy – nobody gives a shit 🙁

    Update 7 – 12th Aug 2013

    The original tweet – if professional athletes are taken in what hope for the rest of us.

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    Well after seeing Hannah Cockcroft (a great athlete btw) mention one of the scam sites on Twitter I replied to her and Oakley and finally got a reply from Oakley. Lets see what happens.

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