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Here's an interesting new twist on how to separate the gullible from their money… check out this email I got today: Pay special attention to the part about "delivery cost is mandatory in claiming your winning". lol.

Dear Email Owner:
We happily announced that your E-mail Address has been selected among the winners of the Mercedes Benz International Online Lottery Draw 2019 Xmas and new year promo. You are now a winner of a brand new "Mercedes Benz c350 4matic 2019 model" and the grand prize of $4,500,000.00 USD.
For easy claim of your winnings, you are simply advice to contact our Claim Fiduciary Attorney

BENEFICIARY FULL NAME:
CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS:
OFFICE ADDRESS:
HOME ADDRESS:
PHONE NUMBER:
OCCUPATIONS:

All necessary information on what to do in receiving your winnings will be treated by our claim agent once contacted by you.

NB: Delivery cost is mandatory in claiming your winning.

Your Mercedes Benz Online Lottery Draw Reference Claim Code: (xxxxxx).
Signed
Mercedes Benz Inc.

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Yep, never a shortage of scams So, how much was delivery

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Yep, never a shortage of scams So, how much was delivery
$4,600.000 USD.
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That's fine. Just ask them to take it out of the prize. And be generous, tell them to double it for their trouble....
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If your boss or or subordinates are identified anywhere on the internet, watch out for an email that says
Are you in your office? I need your help right away. [email protected]

These scammers claim your name as a gmail account, and sends it to all your direct reports. Conversely, you get a realistic email signed by your [email protected] asking for your help. They hope you will respond to the name and not ask why the regular workplace email account is not being used.

Your best workaround is to claim your real name addresses on all popular servers @gmail .com at @YAH oo.com @MIC rosoft.com before the spammers claim it.


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Panzer, this reminds me of an episode of the podcast “reply all” where they examined how easy it is to phish someone by making examples out of folks in their office. In these instances I think they used email addresses that were nearly identical (one letter off or so), so that they appeared familiar to the recipient, like you’re saying.

This website is interesting:

https://haveibeenpwned.com

Allows you to enter an email account (ie, your own) to see if it was involved in a data breach. Some of yall might be surprised
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If you see an email video of me enjoying myself while watching porno its because I didn't pay the $800.00 in bit coin. Oh, by the way, that's not me.
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This website is interesting:

https://haveibeenpwned.com

Allows you to enter an email account (ie, your own) to see if it was involved in a data breach.
Great way to feed into the data breach.
How do you know that that link is not a scam? LOL.

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Great way to feed into the data breach.
How do you know that that link is not a scam? LOL.
Your very justified in your concern. I'm an IT director by day and I can't tell you how many times I find it necessary to warn people about not opening emails that they are not absolutely certain are safe. And above all... never open a link in an email. The blue link you see may not be where that link will actually take you.

If you just can't help yourself then it's much safer to do a copy paste of the link to you browser. A useless POS can make that blue link say anything they want... it's the underlying URL that matters... for example, when you click the following link you'd expect to go to Microsoft, right? Wrong! Go ahead... it's OK to click it this time. www.microsoft.com

It just as well could have taken you to any site specifically designed to steal your identity. Sometimes the unscrupulous actually make their site look exactly like the real thing, so when you're entering your user id and password thinking your getting into your bank you're actually giving a thief your user id and password. Don't click links ever... copy/paste the link into your browser and you can be reasonably certain that you're going where the link says.

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