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Smart scammers?

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Smart scammers?

From recent reports, I'd gained the impression that scammers were getting smarter. The message received today would appear to contradict that view -
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Dear Customer,

From 8 November 2014 came into force new regulations
HSBC Bank Plc. regarding Adequate Verification
customers for the purposes of anti-money laundering legislation.

In implementation of the aforementioned measures, the transactions of greater
placed through our website will assume you made on behalf of/for
Owner/s of the report on which it is acting.

If you want to perform these operations on behalf of third parties, we
temporarily limited access to your account.

To work around this limitation and unblock your account
You need to carefully fill out the attached form.

If the form will not be completed in the next 24 hours your account will be blocked permanently.
Secure your valuable cooperation

Sincerely ,

HSBC Bank PLC.
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Yeah right  Roll eyes
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Re: Smart scammers?

Well, they have used some big  words Grin

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Re: Smart scammers?

but in the wrong order    Grin Grin Grin
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Re: Smart scammers?

Yeah - somehow I think my valuable cooperation will not be secured.  Grin
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Re: Smart scammers?

Some of them *are* getting quite clever.
They have obviously bought customers email addresses and details from unscrupulous online shops and now have the customers full name, gender and basic details.
I've been targeted by scam/spam emails with information that would only be available from these places. I order a lot of stuff from China - call me suspicious but .........
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Re: Smart scammers?

I wonder who are the biggest scammers?  The people creating the emails or the people they are claiming to be?
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Re: Smart scammers?

The ones I love getting are the Paypal and ebay ones, I know they're scams cos they go to the wrong address... Grin
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Re: Smart scammers?

Apart from the horrendous grammar that is a reasonably convincing email. As for who is the biggest scammers I think that lies with those purporting to be HSBC or the like. Regardless of how they acquire the email address, they are simply the lowest form of life, praying on the vulnerable. Makes me quite angry to think that someone's hard earned saving will disappear as a direct consequence of that or similar email.
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Re: Smart scammers?

A snippet of a spam attack earlier. The ones marked *WARN* are flagged as potential spam through my own email server (Spamassassin) - the others were caught anyway by Outlook / Microsoft Mail.
Some got through to my main inbox but the majority were also marked as WARN. I had a couple of hundred of these come through today in various guises.
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Re: Smart scammers?

Considering all the traffic that goes around the Internet I wonder how much faster it would be overall if all of the noise generated by spammers, scammers and script kiddies was removed. Mmm there's a thought.
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Re: Smart scammers?

I once stood in front of a UK Parliamentary Committee an suggested the way around this would be to charge a 1 cent tax on every email message (also creating funds for the United Nations). Any message without a Tax "certificate" attached would be dropped by the main mail servers. The speaker who followed me rubbished my idea. He was from Spamhaus and of course had no vested interest in maintaining status quo.
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