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.
If 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!
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…
One 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 ….
Scammers often ask their victims to send money in the form of PCS mastercard refill coupon.
Many of you come to 1sc.org 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.