The crudest scams are more effective

A Microsoft researcher has recently published a study on scams attempts by emails : the most outlandish stories are more effective and produce better results!

The bigger, the better it works! One could say that this is the conclusion in one sentence of the study made by Cormac Herley. This study, very mathematical, says that e-mails written in broken English and looking obviously to a scam are yet more effective.

money effective trapIf scammers refine their e-mail traps by taking care of spelling and reporting a less complicated story, they probably would affect more people in the first phase. But the work that awaits them would be increased tenfold, so that ultimately many attempts will revealed to be unsuccessful because the persons receiving these e-mails would have guessed the scam meanwhile.

With stories riddled with spelling mistakes and promising incredible heritage or huge gains in a lottery on the internet, scammers receive little answers, but those answers are more likely to lead to a scam. In this way, they avoid having to deal with many answers and can focus their efforts on the curious people who answered.

Scammers do not have time to waste and efficiency is a desirable goal! Only the most interested internet users respond to these emails. For a crook, an Internet user who answers has already one foot into the scam. Scammers have “only” to conclude the scam with some well-crafted speech, and this is domain where they are the masters.

Again, we have been saying it on our site for a long time, inheritances coming from unknown person or Internet lottery winnings are scams! Never send money to someone you met on the net, whether it is to help or to advance expenses, these are scams!

Fake Michael Kors websites

Many fake websites pretend to sell Michael Kors bags

Michael Kors is an American fashion designer, known for the brand he created using his own name. MK bags are among the best-known products of the brand, but it also makes shoes, watches and jewelry. Michael Kors bags are premium and ultra-fashionable products, so prices are high.

Some scammers took advantage of this, creating websites proposing Michael Kors bags for sale. But in reality, they will cash your order and never deliver any product or in the “best case” will deliver a low-end imitation.

Among these fake sites, we find and its strange domain name. It ranks in second position on Google with the keywords “Michael Kors bags cheap”. The ranking on Google can vary from one user to another, but it is clear that this fake Michael Kors website has an advantageous position on the main search engine.

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Another fake website “selling” Michael Kors bags is and its “neutral” domain name. Its look like any other website hides in reality a e-commerce scam. In order to convince you, here are two clues, also valid to detect any fake website:

  • Prices incredibly low : Almost 90% discount! This should alert you immediately. No real e-commerce website would offer so much discount, especially on fashion products.
  • The lack of legal information: On the first example, there is simply no such section. In the second example, the link “term of us” redirect to … another website !
fake Michael Kors websites

Promotional sales period should not be an opportunity for internet users to fall into scams. Always take time to check the key elements that betray a fake selling website. Prices too low, even during promotional sales, should alert you !

These fake websites are usually hosted overseas, so that lawsuits are difficult to engage, and most of victims give up, encouraging these scams to prosper.

Winter sales : Avoid scams on the internet

Winter sales are about to start. But beware of scams.

Winter sales are a good time to do business online ! But be careful and do not fall into the trap of fake websites spoofing the name of big brands. What you think is a saving of money could appear to be waste of money in a scam.

On the net, there are many fake e-commerce sites. Those are created by fraudsters for the sole purpose to cash a payment from you. In order to achieve this goal, they offer goods at very attractive prices. But after having placed your order, you will not receive anything or, in the “best” case, a low-end product that has nothing to do with your order…

winter salesOne of the usual ways to spot an e-commerce is the excessive amount of discounts it offers. But as the sales period begins, detecting a fake website will be tough because even official webstores offer discounts. It means that everyone must be more vigilant than ever.

But hope is not lost. There are other simple ways to doubt about the seriousness of an e-commerce site during winter sales: If the website is riddled with spelling mistakes or weird sentences, there is little chance that this is an official website. So do not order on it.

If the site title contains the words “cheap”, “discount” or even “clearance”, there is a good chance that this is a scam. Flee such websites.

Among the brands whose products are offered by many scammers, can be found : Abercrombie, Ralph Lauren, Moncler, Louis Vitton, Louboutin, Nike ….

Avoid scam at Christmas !

Stay clear of scam during your Christmas shopping!

With the end of the year approaching, you are definitely going to make your Christmas shopping, or at least thinking about it seriously. Perhaps you’ve already found all or part of Christmas gifts for your relatives or will you do it at the very last moment?

If you think to buy your gifts online, do not wait anymore because you must not overlook the delivery time that can sometimes extend into this holiday season. But do not rush on the first Website! You should first check a few key elements to avoid scam as a Christmas gift.

Here are the precautions to take before making a purchase from an e-commerce site in order to prevent scam :

  • Beware of low prices!

On the Internet, competition is fierce between online shop and the prices are optimized, particularly during the Christmas period. Therefore, it is impossible that a website offers a product that is clearly cheaper than the competition. There can be 2 or 3% of difference but a 10% difference is more than suspect. This is perhaps a fraudulent site that displays low price in order to get a maximum of orders without delivering any.

  • Check terms and conditions of sale

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First, if the website you have found has no legal terms and conditions of sale, flee! If the site has these pages, but written in barely comprehensible English, flee as well.

Check the e-commerce law of your country. Most of the time, mandatory information is to be given on a dedicated page. For instance, the company name, a company registration number, VAT  number, a business mail address and a contact email address.

  • Do not order on sites whose name contains “cheap” or “discount”

If you are looking for a specific product, do not order on a website whose name is made up of the brand with the words “cheap” or “discount”. For instance, if you want a pair of Nike shoes, do not go on sites that would be called or

  • Check previous customer comments

Still have doubts? Another way to check the seriousness of an ecommerce site is to perform a research on a search engine. For example, you have found a site that would be called (This site does not currently exist) but you have doubts. Type in Google “”. The first line will be the website itself, but the next lines can be very interesting. If you come across a number of comments suggesting that this is a scam, go away.

If there are a lot of positive comments, it can also be a bad sign. People in charge of the website may have issued false positive ratings to embellish their popularity. In general, people leave opinions to express their disappointment, but not that much when they are satisfied with the service.

Enjoy the Christmas holidays and stay away from scam on the internet!

Stay away from student loan spam and dishonest ads

Many scammers occupy the Internet with spam and fake ads promising renegotiation of any student loan.

No matter if you are a student or not, you cannot avoid them. Student loan spam is reaching every day your mailbox. You probably don’t pay attention to those e-mails expect may be if you are a student struggling with your loans and close to a what is called student loans default.

  • Spam leading to phishing

On the image below, you can see an example of what this spam looks like.

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If you click on one of the proposed links, you will be redirected to a website asking for questions about you and your loan status. Then, you are invited to check your credit score on another website, which appears to be a classical credit card phishing attempt.

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  • Spam leading to undue fees

One alternative for scammers about student loan spam is to pretend to be able to propose a renegotiated loan to student. By before getting a new loan, the scammer pretend you must pay application fees.

If a student loan renegotiation website seems professional and trusty, run away immediately when they ask you to pay fees ! During any loan process, the borrowers will never be asked to give money in order to receive money.

If you pay those advanced fees, the scammer will disappeared with your money or will find a reason to ask you more fees. In both cases you will not get a new loan. And you will get in deeper trouble as you will lose money whereas you probably don’t have a lot if you need a loan…

  • Dishonest ads

Recently the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), sent letters to major internet companies Google, Yahoo and Bing to do something to prevent student loan scams, especially about dishonest ads targeting students and leading them to scams.

Do not trust the e-mails you received or the ads you see on the Internet promising to renegotiate your student loan. Those are scams !

PCS mastercard. Why do scammers love them ?

Scammers often ask their victims to send money in the form of  PCS mastercard refill coupon.

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pcs mastercard

Many of you come to after a request concerning the PCS MasterCard in your Internet search engine. Most of the time, you had never heard of PCS mastercard before.

What is behind that name? And why has it become the preferred tool for scammers to make you sending money to them ?

The PCS mastercard is a payment tool, which looks like a credit card. It also has much in common with a classic credit card as your traditional bank can deliver you. With a PCS mastercard, it is both possible to pay any merchant that accepts credit cards and withdraw money in from the whole affiliated Mastercard network, i.e. almost all ATM machines.

  • Benefits the crooks have clearly understood

The main difference between a credit card from your bank and a PCS mastercard is that the former is not connected to any bank account and then is completely anonymous. You can buy it in any PCS sales point worldwide without having to provide any identity.

This is already a great advantage for those who want to remain discreet under some barely lawful operations. But this is not the only advantage. PCS mastercards are being credited by PCS refill coupons, also easily available worldwide.

In the manner of a gift card or phone recharge, a PCS mastercard refill coupon is credited with a certain amount. The PCS card is recharged by entering the code on the refill coupon. This is convenient for honest users who have a way to get a payment card with expense limited by the amount credited through those refill coupons. No way to make an overdraft.

But it is also a very interesting aspect for scammers. Indeed, in correspondence with their victims, scammers ask their targets to buy refill coupons and send them the code. In this way, scammers credit their PCS mastercard with money from their victims. This is anonymous and irreversible, it is then impossible for victims to get refunded or find the crooks afterwards

A PCS mastercard can be a great payment tool for honest users, but is also a good tool for scammers to receive money during Internet scams. Our best advice is to run away as soon as a person met on the Internet asks you to send money via PCS mastercard refill coupons.

Google launch Password Alert against phishing attempts

A new extension called “password alert” warns the internet user when entering a gmail password on a phishing webpage.

password alert from GoogleTo fight against phishing attempts, Google has released an extension for its Chrome browser called “password alert”

People often think that hacking is the prerogative of computer nerds who implement highly technical computer codes to enter secure servers. But the reality is much simpler.

  • The most effective way to know a password is still… to ask for it

This is called phishing. Who has never received an e-mail from someone pretending to be your bank, your tax, or your Internet Service Provider, asking you to send your password?

And it works! Recent hacking of Sony website is a very good example of spear phishing. Spear phishing is an alternative of the usual phishing attempt with personalized emails targeting some specific people inside the company.

To fight against this scourge, Google has just created an extension available only for Chrome, the homemade browser of the famous search engine.

During the installation of “password alert”, a “scrambled version of your password is stored on your computer” as stated in the presentation of the extension. Then “password alert” compares it with what you may type during your stay on the internet.

In other words, if you enter your gmail password on a web page that is not authenticated as a login page to the Google services, the extension “password alert” will show on your screen a message, similar to the image of the article. The extension then prompts you to change your gmail password before it can be used fraudulently.

Although the extension “password alert” appears, at least theoretically, a new step against phishing attempts, it presents some limitations. It only works on Chrome and it only works with your gmail password, it will not work if you use another email service.

Paypal separates from eBay: Resurgence of phishing attempts!

The future separation of Paypal and eBay will cause an increase in phishing attempts

In September 2014, eBay announced the intention of separating from his Paypal subsidiary acquired in 2002. This separation, which is expected in the second half of 2015, is getting closer and the details of this divorce are being revealed.

If you are a PayPal user, you may have already received an email entitled “Our Legal Agreements are changing”. Inside you can read that “Soon, PayPal and eBay will no longer be part of the same group of companies and will operate as unrelated organization”. It implies that “Use agreement, Acceptable Use Policy and Private Policy” will be updated in order to “continue providing the same great services you are used to.”

The email then prompts the user to click on a link for “details of these changes”, redirecting the site and giving access to Policy update.

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The image above is the image of the email received from Paypal to indicate changes to come after his future separation from eBay.

Scammers are always on the lookout for opportunities. You will probably also receive e-mails being phishing attempts usurping Paypal identity, or even that of eBay. Scammers will take advantage of the official communication to send phishing attempts in order to rip a few distracted or misinformed internet users about this practice.

Remember the three techniques to distinguish a genuine email from Paypal:

  1. The email sender address must be or (or paypal.[your country code])
  2. The email must include your first name and your last name (and not “Dear Customer” or “Dear user”)
  3. The link in the email should redirect to a address (Pay attention to the fact that “paypal” must be just before the .com, for example “ “is NOT an official paypal site)

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