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Spam Scheme Masquerades as Non-Existent ‘African Development Humanitarian Council’

Security researchers are warning of new spam scheme, which poses as communication from a fictitious agency named African Development Humanitarian Council (ADHC), published softpedia.com, November 11, 2013.

Using a header "FOOD STUFF NEEDED URGENTLY," the spam mail declares that the African Development Humanitarian Council has decided for buying food items, including milk, beans, rice, onion, vegetable oil, sugar as well as cement.

The e-mail continues that being an authorized agency for supplying food items, the current year's (2013) contract for food item disbursement by ADHC is valid for helping war-refugees sustain their livelihoods in the disturbed countries of Somalia, Cote d'lvoire, Liberia, Sudan, amongst others.

Incase the e-mail recipient's company is able to provide any of the listed food items; he may answer the e-mail following which the e-mail sender will assist him in securing the contract via his organization. A full payment will be dispatched prior to the goods' shipment. The destination port will be TOGO LOME Sea Port.

Eventually signing off the e-mail is someone called Mr. Camara.

Talking more about the spam outbreak, Conrad Longmore Security Blogger with Dynamoo's Blog wrote that answers to the e-mail were requested for being dispatched at camaraamadu9@gmail.com. While there was no such agency as African Development Humanitarian Council, similarly named agencies did exist plentifully, with the adhcouncil.org domain-name established during April 2013 that contained bogus details. Certainly, there mightn't be any association between the spammer and the mentioned domain-name, still since the entire thing happened to be a scam, its e-mails must be eschewed, the expert blogged. Blog.dynamoo.com published this, November 10, 2013.

Longmore concluded that even though it couldn't be said anything definite about the scam, which might be an advanced-fee scam, people must anyways overlook the solicitation.

Meanwhile, in a similar instance of innocent netizens being duped with a non-existent organization, phishing e-mails circulated during March 2013, when USA's Army CID (Criminal Investigation Command) cautioned both the common people and the Army members regarding fraudulent messages that masqueraded as the United States Army CID while stating that the e-mail writers were members of the Division of Criminal Investigation's Office (although there wasn't any such agency).

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