This is a tale of warning of spammers, junk email and outright faked but real looking websites. And don’t try this at home unless you know what you’re doing!
The other night I received an email from what my inbox described as “Daniel W Dishno” from an sbcglobal email address. The cryptic message to me said “check this out when you get a chance.”
It was a link. And the link looked like it was an MSNBC MSN dot COM web address. The web address brought me to what looks like an article on “Careers on NBCNEWS.com,” or at least that’s what the page header said.
But I noticed that the link did not match the title. Usually when there’s an article out there, it consists of a home link, then a few other tidbits. (Look at my own link above, you’ll see what I mean.)
In the article it said that,
“Patricia Feeney of Houston, Texas never thought she would have a job working at home until one day she filled out a simple form online.”
It’s pitching a revenue system where you can make $5k a month from home. As I was looking over this “article” I noticed they said the number 1 source are online affiliates like Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, etc., and it quoted that “The job brings in about $87,000 annually.”
That was a nice mix of word play, making you think you can apply to an affiliate, sit on your ass and make $87k from home.
To find out more, all you have to do is send this “Home Revenue System” organization $10 to get the info, or, “a trial.”
After the first paragraph or two, it goes on to ramble about best and worst jobs.
I had a few problems with this outright lie of a pitch.
You don’t just sign up and make money off of online affiliates. It takes years of work to get enough “beer money.” It takes years of research to learn how to help your website rank better to get more traffic to make more “beer money.” It takes years to figure out your online competitors will steal your ideas for their own, outrank you for them, and move on while you stew.
What I did notice was that this ad for this b*/sh8! stole the frame work from the MSNBC website and stuck their text in the middle of it. The links around the web page seem to point to MSNBC articles.
To confirm that this might or might not be what it seemed to be, I opened a new browser window, went to… you guessed it, (http://www.msnbc.msn.com) and did a search for the article title from the other browser.
I know you will be shocked to see this, but this article appeared nowhere on the site. Go figure!
So I hit up WHOIS and checked out the back end of this fake domain name that this email gave me:
[msnbc dot msn dot com dash career9 dot us]
The results from [http://www.networksolutions.
OH!!! And the domain was registered on Nov 14th, 2012. That was a few days prior to my receiving the email.
Yea, sure… MSNBC!
Moral of This Story???
If you get unsolicited emails from folks you don’t know try not to get confused and wonder if you know them.
Most folks who know you will actually write whole entire sentences to you. Or you already know those folks in your address book that send you things with one-liners. Right? And if you delete their one-liners, they probably won’t know because they sent it to everyone.
So don’t trust the links, don’t click on the links. Sometimes link clicking is all you have to do to activate a problem virus or other evil browser issue.
If you do click on a link, I’d suggest not trusting it, even if it looks real. It’s too easy to snag the html from a website and build a page around or in it.
And the links might be masked to look like one thing, but take you somewhere else with built in forwarding on the page… or if you hover over the text of a link with your mouse, you can look at where the link goes down in the bottom window of your browser. (no clicking!!!)
This is how dubious businesses try to snag your money and who knows what else with your machine or even your information.
So be careful gang!
I know some of you already know these things. But there are some that don’t and trust way too many folks!
Now me, I’ve got an email to answer to help launder a million bucks from a relative I didn’t know I had from a country no one in my family has ever gone to or been from! Woot!