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Not really a phising scam, but it is kinda Telstra related.

Got a Text this morning on my Telstra Iphone from Sydney Design School

telling me about an open day on Nov 14th.

gave a web site to register.

As I have no artistic ability nor desire to attain such, I do not know why I was targteted or how they got my number.

Just in case I did a search online to see what was said about it.

One of the sites whirlpool

has a series of damning comments about the school being a ripoff.

There are a couple of positive posts on the school, but both of them from first time posters.

The resident interior design folks very quickly labelled them as rampers from the promoters of the school.

Makes for some fun reading.

I rang the school and said if I received anymore unwanted text messages I would be travelling up to Sydney to personally tatoo the words

"do not contact" and my phone number on the arse of the CEO.



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  • 8 months later...

Got this gem of an email today.


From: HR manager <lindal@online.ru>

Subject: Job offer

Date: 19 July 2016 at 18:56:25 AEST


Reply-To: HR manager <briantforhan@yahoo.com>


Good day. It is currency exchange company. We bought your email at Internet service. We are sorry for sudden letter but we urgently need the wage-earners. The obligation of wage-earners is accept cash or noncash money from our company and deliver them to clientage. If you want to try in this vacancy, write us please - Your age

- City where you live

With these information we will determine, if you match for our company or not. If you are interested, write us please. We are sorry if we've disturbed you in vain


Currency exchange company

Was going to play along for a while, but then thought the better of it.

Those Russians can turn quite nasty.


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  • 3 years later...

Found a nice new scam this week.

Someone gave me a $100 wine voucher for naked wines.

I went on their web site to cash it in, and picked out a case of wine that with the discounts would cost me $84.

Started getting emails from the company congratulating me on becoming a Naked wines angel, with the details about how responsible they would be with the $40 they would be taking out of my credit card every month.

Woa, says I , I didn't sign up for this.

It seems that if you choose certain case lots, you automatically become an angel.

I did not see anywhere on the web site that I had accepted being an angel.

Had a fun call to some consultant, telling him what I was going to do if anything other than the agreed payment was taken out.

Had a look at consumer affairs, it seems I am not the first person to be sucked in by this scam.



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  • 3 months later...

got this scam in email today.

Didn't take long for the Nigerians to take advantage of the Covid 19






United Nations Organization

UNCC Secretariat.

Date: 2020/04/09

Good Day


PAYMENT OF US$ 1,900,000 .00 (One Million, Nine Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)

Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy 18 Feb 2020 (UN Information Service) -- The United Nations

Compensation Commission has made available a total of $199,164,829.35 to 14 governments for distribution to 32,859

successful beneficiaries.

Payment is being made in respect of 139 claims in category âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“Aâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’‚ (claims of individuals for departure from Kuwait or Iraq),

31,880 claims in category âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“Câââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’‚ (claims of individuals for damages up to $100,000), including 31,715 âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“Bedouinâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’‚ claims, 785

claims in category âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“Dâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’‚ (claims of individuals, both victims of fraud and various cases of Local and International scams

and for damages above $100,000), 41 claims in category âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“Eâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’‚ (claims of corporations, other private legal entities and public

sector enterprises) and 14 claims in category âââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“Fâââہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’‚ (claims of governments and international organizations).

This payment is being made in accordance with the Governing Councils decision 227, which extended the temporary

payment mechanism set out by the Governing Council in its decision 197, under which up to $200 million from the

Compensation Fund will be made available for the payment of claims every quarter. In the present round of payment, all

newly approved claims, i.e., claims approved for payment at the fifty-sixth session, will receive $1.9 million or the principal

amount of the award, if less. Additional funds will be disbursed to the claimants whose claims were approved from the fortyeighth to the fifty-fifth sessions, also bringing the total payment to each of them up to a maximum of $1.9 million. In order to

fully disburse the available funds, the claims will be paid up to $2 million, depending on the order in which they have been


Based on our latest investigation we have realized that the corruption in various arms of the government in many countries

has made it impossible for the circulation of these funds to reach the less privileged and delegated NGOs, in our quest to

curb this corruption we resulted to using individual beneficiaries and private companies, who are selected to be our


Our private beneficiaries would receive the above funds and choose two local based NGOs (less privileged homes) of their

choice to donate 60% of the amount and keep 40% as a compensation from the UN.

A UN Debit MasterCard has been pre-approved with the amount of US$ 1,900,000 .00 (One Million, Nine Hundred

Thousand United States Dollars) and it would be fully activated and sent to your designated address via speed courier

service if you accept to act as our private beneficiary.

Upon full activation of the UN Debit MasterCard, you would be able to make ATM withdrawal and transfers of the funds.

If you accept our preposition, then you can contact the below appointed officer for full activation of your Debit Card and

further directives.

Officer: Mr. Benjamin Sesay

Tel: +357 22 052558

Email: uncc@swissmail.com

Thank you and best regards

Tobias Adrian (Financial Counsel

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  • 10 months later...


Got a text message on my phone today from an unknown mobile number to say that one of the email mailboxes attached to my account had been compromised. Telstra had decided to suspend my account pending it being fixed by me linking to a non secure URL (as in using HTTP versus HTTPS) that just read HTTP://tel.st/reactivate.

Everything about it screamed scam, especially when I did a whois lookup on the URL to find it was a server serviced by a company in Singapore specialising in VPN. It was however owned by Telstra.

When I contacted the Telstra suggesting it was a scam, I got an email back from one of their cyber security folk who said it was actually legitimate.

Quelle Surprise!

So , after countless exhortations from so many people warning them not to click on URL links from unidentified sources to "fix" their broken accounts, this is exactly what telstra did.

I have had a very entertaining email exchange with the Telstra cyber security employee about the rather poor methodology, but he is probably just an underling.

In the end I spent about 45 minutes on the phone to a Filipino lady trying to get things sorted. We will have to wait and see if there are any further "compromised" accounts.


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