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by chazwood » Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:47 pm

Received the following email tonight from the above email address, regarding supposed interest in a piece of work on artweb.com:

"Thanks for the mail and am glad for your respond to my question on your AD...I am a Sailor and am currently at on sea at the moment,i am willing to purchase this item for my Dad as a gift, I want to make it a surprise for him,he wont know anything about the item until they get delivered to him, i can only pay through PayPal as i don't have access to my bank account online as i don't have internet banking,but i have my bank account attached to my PayPal account and this is why i insisted on paying you through PayPal,So please kindly get back to me with your PayPal details or send me an invoice from PayPal and your best price for the item so i can proceed with the payment and after the payment has been done,i have a pick up agent that will come around to pick the item up after i have made the payments for the item...hope to read from you.

Regards"

A quick internet search confirmed my deepest suspicions that this was a pretty poor scam attempt.

Just so you all know to beware.

Take care,

Chaz
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by alexanderjohnson » Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:53 pm

I think it was the 'I am a sailor' line that gave it away! A sailor with Cap'n Jack Sparrow perchance?! :roll:
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by chazwood » Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:16 pm

alexanderjohnson wrote:I think it was the 'I am a sailor' line that gave it away! A sailor with Cap'n Jack Sparrow perchance?! :roll:


Quite possibly, though no doubt not as amusing...

The above is actually the follow-up response, to what seemed like a perfectly valid enquiry about a specific piece of work on my site.

I understand this is what's known in IT and security as a 'spear phishing' attack, whereby an individual is targetted with specifics relating to them personally, rather than just a generic blanket statement.
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