The lottery fraud, The money laundering fraud, Fraudsters haunting dating/matchmaking websites, The fake job offer fraud. The bank accounts they use. A report on the mail service providers. The fake loan offer fraud . The Nigerian service providers.
How Yahoo*, Western Union and others allow the criminals to flourish! Read it and
An attempt to answer a common question: "Why
am I getting so much fraud mail, can't it be stopped!"
uknationallotto.net "This domain was registered through AOL's public registrar as part of the AOL My eAddress product offering". Is that supposed to be some sort of excuse? (May 2008)
Yahoo Lottery? A report fraud mail of March '08 contained a reference to yahoolottery.com. yahoolottery.com is / was hosted by ... Yahoo.com!
THE AMERICAN CONNECTION: Nigeria seems to have an insatiable desire for Internet and telephony services. This is rather strange, when only about one in a hundred thousand people in Africa have access to a personal computer. No, they are not mailing relatives in Africa, they are mailing YOU, and an American politician accused of corruption seems happy to help. See the Washington Post article on Rep. William J. Jefferson and Atiku Abubakar, the vice president of Nigeria.
An Australian 60 Minutes documentary "The Big Sting II" is the best piece of TV journalism I have seen on the subject of the Nigerian 419 scams. Watch what is presumably a summary of around 10 minutes and you will begin to understand why governments, police forces, Internet service providers, Western Union and the banks must confront the fraud menace. N.B. I found I had to use Microsoft Internet Explorer to watch the film. The resource is "ninemsn".
THE MONEY TRANSFER AGENCIES. Western Union and MoneyGram are heavily used by the fraud criminals. Most fraud victims are asked to make payment in this way. If a victim contacts the money transfer agencies to ask about the money collection details, they will both refuse to divulge the information. I have even heard of cases where they do not seem able to cooperate with police agencies. This must change. Why should the money transfer agencies protect the fraud criminals and deny victims information?
Late '07/early '08 - How could they!! Microsoft hosted these domains: FirstInlandBank.org, postonlinebank.com, unitednation-org.net , inchapefinancelimited-uk.com, federalbureau-investigation.org. accountnatwestbankplc.com, mastercardmegajackpot.com. fdbureauinvest.org. bmwclaimspromo.com. postbanktransfers.org, worlhealthorg.com, unitednationshq.org, euromillionsboard.com, EnglishAwards.co.uk, scarletsecurityagency.net, fedbureauinvestigation.org, britishtobbacco.com, standardcharteredsbank.com, bnlverificationdept.com (they do not seem to want to close that one), greyhoundxpresscours.com, bmwgroups.org ***, centralbanknig-gov.org, postbanktransfers.org, tntuklogistics.com, britishonline-claimsdept.org, atmcardsection.org, scarletsecurityagency.org, citizens-bnk.com, centbanknig-online.org.
allowed these accounts:
<email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com>,
firstname.lastname@example.org , citytrustsecuritycompany.org !
Some Microsoft hosted fraud domains
(hopefully all closed by now) :
Yahoo - surely you can stop examples like (these are old ones but there are plenty of recent examples): email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , <firstname.lastname@example.org> and a classic from August '05 email@example.com . May '06: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com . Hint: this could help the Yahoo name becoming devalued to such an extent that we no longer trust it.
LYCOS: ----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors ----- <firstname.lastname@example.org> (reason: 452 4.4.5 Insufficient disk space; try again later) !
An abuse report to
Comcast produced the following:
August '07 - Who hosts
the domain microsoftsweepstake.com? Amazingly it turns out to be
Yahoo!! Is it any wonder that the UK House of Lords says that fraud victims
should be able to sue Internet service providers. (I asked Yahoo to close
microsoftsweepstake.com on 12 August 2007.) What about
lottery-nl.com? That is a customer of AOL!
Additional information was sent to Yahoo and we hope that they have now acted, but why do they take any opportunity to disregard abuse reports and to delay taking action? We receive many reports from potential fraud victims who find it difficult to include full mail headers when they forward fraud mail to us. We have hundreds of examples of cases where Yahoo has declined to close obvious criminal accounts on the grounds that just some of the fraud mail headers were not included in a report.
Microsoft. How they responded (Jan '07) to a report that a site they host, netdrawsboard.org, appeared to have been registered for the purpose of Internet fraud:
It would be interesting to know how one could forward the evidence of fraudulent spam mail , without the report containing some "spam like characteristics".
A target of the scammers wrote
for advice recently and added "I have contacted Microsoft four times on this
matter, and they cannot be bothered to respond".
Not just Yahoo and Microsoft ....
on sending an abuse report to cox.net (January
'07) we received the following response: "This Message was undeliverable due
to the following reason: The user(s) account is temporarily over quota. <email@example.com>
Please reply to <Postmaster@cox.net>
if you feel this message to be in error." We were complaining about the use of
firstname.lastname@example.org in a fraud mail sent
on the 8th January.
John Weston / IFA Group (UK), 2002 ...