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Okay, ladies, here’s something you poke fun of the men with: While more men than women claim to be well-informed about online scams, more men have fallen victim to them than women.

This is according to Microsoft-sponsored survey conducted by Harris Interactive, which also revealed that one in five US adults have been on the receiving end of nefarious digital plots.

"We found that online men claim to be more informed of online fraud," said Adrienne Hall, senior director of the Trustworthy Computing Group at Microsoft. "47 percent of men said they are very knowledgeable or knowledgeable of online scams, compared with only 36 percent of women.

"However, despite claiming to be more knowledgeable, men are more likely than women to be victims of online crime. The survey found that 69 percent of women claimed they have never been a victim of an Internet scam, compared with just 63 percent of men."

Just add "I can’t be phished" to "I don’t need directions" and "I’ll be back."

Hall said the number of unique phishing sites detected by the Anti-Phishing Working Group went up last year by 166 percent. In addition, this has gone far the beyond proof-of-concept games in the past – phishers are after your money for sure.

"In the past year," she said, "Microsoft has witnessed a shift in criminal behavior. Online criminals have been focused on finding vulnerabilities or causing mayhem in various ways, and have been motivated by personal interest as a hobby or for notoriety. We are seeing an increasing trend towards stealing people’s personal information and money."

Perhaps the most disturbing statistic though was that over half (58%) of those surveyed had little to no knowledge of current online threats and scams, despite that Americans lost $49.3 billion to identities thieves last year, and $5.2 billion to viruses.

Hall recommends a new creed for everyone to remember and pass along: Think first, click later. 

Online Scams Up 166 Percent
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  • mike dioguardi

    Hello ,
    Thanks for your mail, I am indeed serious about renting this unit and will be willing to offer you two month rent to start with plus the security deposit in order to secure this unit prior to my arrival. You can send me the lease application, to enable me to review it ahead of time.
    I am a Pharmacist by profession and I am currently working with Woodstock Pharmacy, Woodstock OX20 1TF, UK. I will be in the states for the next one year and during my stay I will be working with the United States Implants & orthopedic Agency on a private research work.
     
    I have a financier that is based in the States and he will be handling the rent deposit payment on my behalf, I will instruct him to send you a Certified Check for this as soon as you give me the go ahead to make out payment to you.Due to the limited time that we have before our arrival,we are making arrangements with a furniture company to supply the home with furnitures,so we will need you to provide us with the measurements of the living room and bedroom so that we can send it to the furniture company so that they can supply the unit with furniture that will fit in well. Also send me a picture viewing the living room and the bed rooms.
     
    As regards the lease agreement, I want you to send it to me for my review. I will eventually have it filled and signed on my arrival in your place as I am of the opinion that such documents are best filled and signed physically. We can start the lease by 1st of March and I will be doing a one year lease. You can prepare the lease in my name.
     
    Let me know how to move ahead as I intend to complete this deal before I move in a couple of days. I want all the arrangement to be solidified so I settle in comfortably when I arrive. I will let you know the exact date as soon as I get a booking on a flight to the states.
     
    I will look forward to your e mail with the required information.
     
    Thanks and sincere regards from me and my precious  family. I await your urgent response.
     
    Dr. Bobby
    +447024021843
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    > Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 21:28:34 -0600
    > From: mjdio@comcast.net
    > To: skye.bobby@hotmail.com
    > Subject: Re: $1600 / 3br – Green Hills, Vanderbilt
    >
    > Dr. Bob,
    > It is actually a house but none the less we can do a deal if you like.
    > The rent is $1600 and the deposit is the same $1600. If you never had
    > utility accounts set up before in Nashville I think they require a
    > little deposit but I really do not know the amount. It is a simple
    > matter of calling the Nashville gas company, Nashville electric and
    > Nashville water to open these accounts. We will help you as much as
    > possible in this process.
    > Are you in town at present? Call me on my cell at 406-4828 for an
    > appointment to see the property, tomorrow if you wish. I am sorry I did
    > not have time to take photographs however the house is a simple cottage
    > style ’70s ranch but beautifully decorated and restored inside. It
    > should afford you much more room and privacy than an apartment and still
    > be close enough to Vanderbilt. It has initiated a great deal of
    > interest so I hope you can contact me soon.
    > Mike Dioguardi
    >
    > Dr. Bobby Beasley wrote:
    > > Hello,
    > > I saw your apartment advertised on craigslist.com and am
    > > interested in renting it. I will be signing a one year lease for it
    > > and want to know the requirements for renting it. i.e
    > >
    > > Monthly Fees:
    > > Security Deposit
    > > Electricity/Utility Bills
    > >
    > > I will be doing a one year research on pharmacy work while in the
    > > states and will be staying with my wife and daughter .I will
    > > appreciate it if i hear from you in time as i will want to conclude
    > > the rental process as soon as possible.
    > >
    > > Thank you.
    > >
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  • Anonymous

    Is this guy a scammer…he is trying to buy my car? let me konw

     

    Thanks,

     

  • Guest

    Thanks for posting this letter!!! I just got this same letter from coracollins02@yahoo.com, almost word for word. Landlords BEWARE!

  • Joy

    Glad I checked on this – have had 2 in the last week. Pays to be very cautious.

  • Guest

    Hello,
    Thanks for your response and here is a brief introduction about my self;i am a Pharmacist by profession and I am currently working with the Woodstock Pharmacy, Woodstock , United Kingdom .. I will be relocating to the united states of America for the next one year and during my stay i will be working for the United States Implants & orthopedic Agency on a private research work. I hereby reaffirm my interest about renting your home and will be willing to offer you one month rent for a start, plus the security deposit in order to secure the unit prior to our arrival to the united states .

    I have a financier based in U…S.A and he will be the one handling the rent deposit payment on our behalf,i will instruct him to send you a bank Check in payment for the rent as soon as you give me the go ahead to send payment to you. I’ll be coming with my wife Due to the limited time that we have before our arrival and in line with my work schedule ,we are making arrangements with a furniture company to supply the home with furniture ,so we will need you to provide us with the accurate measurements of the living room and bedroom so that we can send it to the furniture company and they supply the unit with furniture that would fit in well… i would really appreciate it if you could send me some pictures of the living room and the bed rooms.

    As regards the lease agreement form,you can have it forwarded to me for review.though i will have it filled and signed on our arrival to your place because am of the opinion that such vital document is best filled and signed physically. We can start the lease by 10th of April and it shall be for a period of 12 months. You can prepare the lease in my name and that of my wife(Dr Leonard Craft & Dr Mrs Mary Craft ). Let me know how to move ahead as I intend to complete this deal before I move in a couple of days.

    I want all the arrangement to be solidified so I settle in comfortably when I arrive. I will let you know the exact date as soon as I get a booking on a flight to the states. I will look forward to your e mail with the required information.
    Here is my phone number +447024020034
    Thanks and sincere regards from me and my precious family…
    I await your urgent response

    Dr Leonard Craft

  • Guest

    Dear Owner,
    I saw your advert on craigslist.com and am interested in renting it. I will be signing a one year lease for it and want to know the requirements for renting it. i.e

    Monthly Fees:
    Security Deposit
    Electricity/Utility Bills

    I will be doing a one year research on pharmacy work while in the states .I will appreciate it if i hear from you in time as i will want to conclude the rental process before 10th of April
    God Blees u

  • Guest

    Thank you for the previous comments – I’ve had 2 or 3 emails in the last 2 weeks with words very similar, one wanted to pay rent a year in advance (what?). They have actually started a dialogue but refuse to submit a completed application. Wonder how the scam plays out?

  • michael

    Thanks so much for having this scam called out on your site — you just saved us a bunch of time! I knew the rental inquiry seemed odd – but having it confirmed here as a scam was very nice.

    Good work!
    Michael

  • Guest

    My parents received the same letter as the one posted above from “Dr Leonard Craft” but theirs was sent by a “Dr Eddie Graver.” Even the phone numbers were the same. I am so glad that I researched this bizarre email… I am forwarding it to the Attorney General. Hopefully someone can stop this moron before he gets someone elses money. I got some advice from another site… have them fill out a rediculous amount of paperwork and provide US references, etc… you know, make them fustrated… keep them going but don’t EVER send them anything, DRIVE THEM CRAZY, like they have done to us. What has this world come to???

  • Guest

    how do i get rid of him? and what should i do? should i call the cops? does anyone have a number i can call to report this?

  • andy

    Hello ,
    Thanks for your response and here is a brief introduction about my self;i am a Pharmacist by profession and I am currently working with the Woodstock Pharmacy, Woodstock,United Kingdom. I will be relocating to the united states of America for the next one year and during my stay i will be working for the United States Implants & orthopedic Agency on a private research work. I hereby reaffirm my interest about renting your home and will be willing to offer you one month rent for a start, plus the security deposit in order to secure the unit prior to our arrival to the united states.

    I have a financier based in U.S.A and he will be the one handling the rent deposit payment on our behalf,i will instruct him to send you a bank Check in payment for the rent as soon as you give me the go ahead to send payment to you. I’ll be coming with my wife Due to the limited time that we have before our arrival and in line with my work schedule ,we are making arrangements with a furniture company to supply the home with furniture ,so we will need you to provide us with the accurate measurements of the living room and bedroom so that we can send it to the furniture company and they supply the unit with furniture that would fit in well… i would really appreciate it if you could send me some pictures of the living room and the bed rooms.

    As regards the lease agreement form,you can have it forwarded to me for review.though i will have it filled and signed on our arrival to your place because am of the opinion that such vital document is best filled and signed physically. We can start the lease by 1st of January and it shall be for a period of 12 months. You can prepare the lease in my name and that of my wife(Dr Osborne & Mary Howell).
    Let me know how to move ahead as I intend to complete this deal before I move in a couple of days. I want all the arrangement to be solidified so I settle in comfortably when I arrive. I will let you know the exact date as soon as I get a booking on a flight to the states. I will look forward to your e mail with the required information.
    Here is my phone number Tel: +44 7031934867 Thanks and sincere regards from me and my precious family. I await your urgent response.
    Dr Osborne Howell

    ——————————————————————————–
    Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2009 07:45:55 -0800
    From: autopart2008@yahoo.com
    Subject: Re: Intrested in your apartment
    To: showell1967@live.com

    Hi!
    The deposit $950.00 and the rent only $950/month not include utilitiy bill, no pet allow, you have to maintain outside the house like cutting your grass, blowing the snow on your side walk, etc… as long no neighbor complain. You can call me at (616) 301-5585
    Thanks.
    Andy

    ——————————————————————————–
    From: Osborne Howell
    Sent: Fri, December 25, 2009 10:37:03 PM
    Subject: Intrested in your apartment

    Dear owner

    I saw your advertised on craigslist.com and am interested in renting it. I will be signing a one year lease for it and want to know the requirements for renting it. i.e

    Monthly Fees:
    Security Deposit
    Electricity/Utility Bills

    I will be doing a one year research on pharmacy work while in the states .I will appreciate it if i hear from you in time as i will want to conclude the rental process before 1st of January

    Thank you.

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  • Andy

    Hello ,
    Thanks for your response and here is a brief introduction about my self;i am a Pharmacist by profession and I am currently working with the Woodstock Pharmacy, Woodstock,United Kingdom. I will be relocating to the united states of America for the next one year and during my stay i will be working for the United States Implants & orthopedic Agency on a private research work. I hereby reaffirm my interest about renting your home and will be willing to offer you one month rent for a start, plus the security deposit in order to secure the unit prior to our arrival to the united states.

    I have a financier based in U.S.A and he will be the one handling the rent deposit payment on our behalf,i will instruct him to send you a bank Check in payment for the rent as soon as you give me the go ahead to send payment to you. I’ll be coming with my wife Due to the limited time that we have before our arrival and in line with my work schedule ,we are making arrangements with a furniture company to supply the home with furniture ,so we will need you to provide us with the accurate measurements of the living room and bedroom so that we can send it to the furniture company and they supply the unit with furniture that would fit in well… i would really appreciate it if you could send me some pictures of the living room and the bed rooms.

    As regards the lease agreement form,you can have it forwarded to me for review.though i will have it filled and signed on our arrival to your place because am of the opinion that such vital document is best filled and signed physically. We can start the lease by 1st of January and it shall be for a period of 12 months. You can prepare the lease in my name and that of my wife(Dr Osborne & Mary Howell).
    Let me know how to move ahead as I intend to complete this deal before I move in a couple of days. I want all the arrangement to be solidified so I settle in comfortably when I arrive. I will let you know the exact date as soon as I get a booking on a flight to the states. I will look forward to your e mail with the required information.
    Here is my phone number Tel: +44 7031934867 Thanks and sincere regards from me and my precious family. I await your urgent response.
    Dr Osborne Howell

    ——————————————————————————–
    Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2009 07:45:55 -0800
    From: autopart2008@yahoo.com
    Subject: Re: Intrested in your apartment
    To: showell1967@live.com

    Hi!
    The deposit $950.00 and the rent only $950/month not include utilitiy bill, no pet allow, you have to maintain outside the house like cutting your grass, blowing the snow on your side walk, etc… as long no neighbor complain. You can call me at (616) 301-5585
    Thanks.
    Andy

    ——————————————————————————–
    From: Osborne Howell
    Sent: Fri, December 25, 2009 10:37:03 PM
    Subject: Intrested in your apartment

    Dear owner

    I saw your advertised on craigslist.com and am interested in renting it. I will be signing a one year lease for it and want to know the requirements for renting it. i.e

    Monthly Fees:
    Security Deposit
    Electricity/Utility Bills

    I will be doing a one year research on pharmacy work while in the states .I will appreciate it if i hear from you in time as i will want to conclude the rental process before 1st of January

    Thank you.

    ——————————————————————————–
    Hotmail: Free, trusted and rich email service. Get it now.

    ——————————————————————————–
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