Wikipedia Abused in a Nigerian Scam [updated]
apparently, this guy spammed himself and referred to a wikipedia article he created to give himself credibility.
phishing by wikipedia? the admins will probably notice this soon and remove it, but if this becomes as common-place as comment spam has, i am not sure they can handle the over-head. this is about money, and the bad guys make a lot.
it’s also possible this is a joe job on someone real.
the entry in wikipedia appears to be about a real person related to organized crime. i wonder why he of all people was chosen to be used in this scam?
hello dear friend!!!
spam status: spamassassin 40% probability of being spam.
no, score=2.4 required=6.0 tests=bayes_50,dns_from_rfc_post, pling_pling,rcvd_in_sbl,subj_all_caps,sub_hello autolearn=no version=3.0.3
i am dr vladimir ivanov. and i represent mr. mikhail
khordokovsky the former c.e.o of yukos oil company in russia. i have a
very sensitive and confidential brief from this top (oligarch) to ask
for your partnership in re-profiling funds us$42.3 million. i will give the
details, but in summary, the funds are coming via bank menatep.
this is a legitimate transaction. you will be paid 10%
for your “management fees”. if you are interested, please write
back by mail and provide me with your confidential telephone number, fax
number and email address and i will provide further details and
please keep this confidential; we can’t afford more
political problems. finally, please note that this must be concluded within
please write back promptly. write me back through my
i look forward to it.
dr vladimir ivanov