Jun 01 2012

Let’s Play: Is This A Phishing Scam?

This was an email I received and I am checking to see who can spot fake emails!

I’m Barbara Cole, I’m 15 years old girl I live in Bolton UK before my Dad passed away in a car accident 3 years ago, I now live with my step mother in Warrington, My mother died immediately she gave birth to me. My late Dad Mr.Norman Cole was a big business man in UK before he died in a car accident 2008 I am the only child of my Dad, he died 3 days after the accident, He Willed all his life savings to me, I have been trying to collect the funds from the bank but the bank MD CEO refused, he said I should present someone old enough so he can transfer the funds to the person that I can’t be in control of the huge amount of funds because I am still a teenager and it is against the UK law. I would have told my step mother to assist me in collecting the funds from the bank but she is not a good woman, my Dad warned me about her before he died, now that I live with her I now understand that what my Dad said about her was true, because she doesn t give me attention she don’t care if I am alright or not, all she do
If you are interested please reply me on my email: bcole014@yahoo.co.jp
Best Regards

The answer is, YES. It is a scam. Do not reply. However, if you see anything like this, do not respond because clearly spam and a scam. Even though this seems like common knowledge to a lot of people, there are those who will actually respond to it. However, if they are that unfamiliar with email, they most likely aren’t reading my blog!

If you know what mail headers are, they are listed below.

Delivered-To: {I removed my email}@gmail.com
Received: by with SMTP id h15csp379186bko;
Thu, 31 May 2012 18:26:57 -0700 (PDT)
Received: by with SMTP id k38mr640463wen.200.1338514017029;
Thu, 31 May 2012 18:26:57 -0700 (PDT)
Received: from store-1.interware.hu (store-1.interware.hu. [])
by mx.google.com with ESMTPS id z9si5644966wiw.15.2012.
(version=TLSv1/SSLv3 cipher=OTHER);
Thu, 31 May 2012 18:26:57 -0700 (PDT)
Received-SPF: neutral (google.com: is neither permitted nor denied by best guess record for domain of cole@orange.net) client-ip=;
Authentication-Results: mx.google.com; spf=neutral (google.com: is neither permitted nor denied by best guess record for domain of cole@orange.net) smtp.mail=cole@orange.net
Message-Id: <4fc81a61.494eb40a.5a41.645aSMTPIN_ADDED@mx.google.com>
Received: from [] (helo=User)
by store-1.interware.hu with esmtpa (Exim 4.63 #1 (Debian))
id 1SaGcv-0003fh-A1 (authenticated sender: 229deeefd534a9295667ebe87825ea8d); Fri, 01 Jun 2012 03:26:37 +0200
From: “Barbara Cole”
Subject: Please help me.
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 08:22:37 +0700
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
X-Priority: 3
X-MSMail-Priority: Normal
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2600.0000
X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2600.0000
X-FW-Spam: No (11.3) X-Authenticated-Sender: 229deeefd534a9295667ebe87825ea8d

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Timothy Haroutunian

Timothy Haroutunian is a ServiceNow Cloud Implementation Specialist at Acorio. ServiceNow is an IT Management solution that allows for a complete view of your IT and physical environment.

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