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The email below has come to our attention today. using a landing page at mybluemix[dot]com and a (perhaps spoofed) address at the domain masew.ml, the scam has characteristics that instantly give it away to the alert but will trap the unwary.

The flood of sextortion e-mails demanding payment in bitcoin continues. However, while the body of the mails is increasingly standardised, the anti-avoidance methods used by the criminals is mutating, analysis of reports at GlobalKYC.com indicates.

CoNet Section: 

There's a company that wants to build something a bit like Ted Talks. They are called SERMEx and every few days, they issue a "call for papers." It might be interesting. if we could understand what their email says.

See if you've any clue.

CoNet Section: 

A scam-spam has been received from the fake internet domain WESTEMUNION.COM

(see update, below)

BIScom Subsection: 

Today, the US cyber security office, US-CERT has issued a renewed warning about HIDDEN COBRA which it describes as a "spear phishing" virus.

What does that mean?

CoNet Section: 

A new form of spam-scam has come to our attention. We understand that this has not been widely seen before. Its nature is that it is likely that many receiving the email will click on links.

CoNet Section: 

How much do you hate e-mail? What between scams, unsolicited commercial mail and random weirdness, what turns you off so you don't even read the mail? Here's five. Members .. add your own pet peeves.

A form of scam spam has come to our notice this morning. It is unusually convincing and clever.

It purports to come from Scotia Bank's secure e-mail service but, obviously, it does not.

Details below.

CoNet Section: 

First published on 14 December 2000 in World Money Laundering Report Volume 2 Number 9

Originally, we were going to put this item in Flip Side, but then we decided that it was so mad that it was serious.

In the beginning, an e-mail was sent from a woman working in a City law firm to one of her male pals.....

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