Michelle Obama Supposedly Sending Spam Mail, Finds Kaspersky
The September 2012 spam report by Kaspersky Labs outlines everything about one 419 spam mail, which poses as communication from Mrs. Michelle Obama the First Lady of USA.
The e-mails greeting recipients with "Good Day," claim to be self introductory from Mrs. Michelle Obama who states that the White House (situated in Washington D.C) is disbursing compensation amount for scam victims valuing USD 20m. This amount will be handed over immediately when the e-mail recipient, who should be a scam victim, reverts to her and provides his home address as well as mobile-phone number, the e-mail continues.
The e-mail writer even admonishes that she's the sole person possessing the recipient's fund. Thereafter, the writer uses President Barack Obama's name and instructs the recipient that he must pay $260 prior to the delivery of his fund the same day, therefore he should revert back with the residential address, the spam mail commands.
Certainly, Ms. Obama hasn't sent the e-mail nor is it from any person associated with the U.S government. Rather online-scammers have crafted it probably from their base in Nigeria. These scammers abuse celebrity names and attempt at lending authenticity to their campaigns, report Kaspersky through its SecureList blog.
Anyhow, a careful study of the electronic mail will show that the sender's address has a connection with the "World Wide Web Owner" while the e-mail id has the Russian ".ru" added at the end. There's also mention of "missnadia" meaning Miss Nadia. One can barely imagine this kind of strange nickname of Michelle Obama being sported in her mailbox.
Moreover, there's hardly any explanation for this mailbox showing as being on Yahoo within China. Also, it's just incredible for nearly everybody to discover that the American First Lady will dispatch formal e-mails from one e-mail id so unlikely.
The spam mail isn't disguised well still unsuspecting U.S. netizens are handing over money alternatively agreeing to receive payments. E-mail frauds have the potential to cause considerable financial losses. There can also be accusations of money laundering followed with deception. Essentially, the aforementioned scam isn't uncommon, particularly when political events occur, conclude security researchers.
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