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Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on you

Posted by Ken Kousky
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on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 in MyBlog

It looks as though 2012 is not only gearing up to be the year of cloud computing and healthcare information security concerns but also the year of continued phishing attacks and scams. Here is my most recently received scams (among the many other banking phishing attacks that roll in on a daily basis). It seems I have won the Texas Lottery, again!


These scams are much simpler to spot than some of the most sophisticated phishing scams I have seen. Take a look at a few of the key indicators:

1.       In this cyber world I guess it only makes sense that they begin running a lottery based on email addresses, right?

2.       I am addressed as Stake Winner – You would think that my winning $800,000.00 would at least warrant a name look up by the Texas Lottery Commission.

3.       Google Translate is getting pretty good but not good enough to correct the grammar in this awkward message.

4.       Wait a minute this isn’t Texas – I’m not even a resident of Texas, nor have I entered the Texas lottery lately.

5.       Oh of course, that makes perfect sense, a Texas lotto claims agent, located in the United Kingdom, with only a Gmail email account.

6.       Dr. Roseline Morgan, Director of the Texas Lottery Commission? Yes absolutely, I sure wouldn’t trust my lotto commissioners to hold anything less than a doctorate (hmm odd, she seems to enjoy signing her name “Morgan Lewis”)


Although this is a weak example of an online scam, the excitement of a lotto winning can sometimes cause all logic to go out the window. Check back as I’ll be updating you periodically on this year’s newest phishing attacks and how to avoid being duped.

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