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នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​អាទិត្យ, April 19th, 2009 | អ្នក​និពន្ធ:

I think the Internet is a scary place. បាទ, me. Some days I find myself horrified to find the lowliest of criminal bastards trying to steal our livelihoods.

បាទ, people, there are criminals out there and they want your money or they want to use you to make money. What’s even more scary is the lengths to which they are willing to go, even risking YOU. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

I received an email saying that I was being offered a job as aRegional Assistant” និង, though the details weren’t given, the email suggested that it was a legitimate opportunity. I replied asking about where they’d received my details and also about what they would require of me.

Being the skeptic I am, I thought I could spot scammers a mile away. How fortunate that I can still laugh at the idea.

A few hours later, they replied indicating that I’d soon receive further instructions. They’dprobablybeen referred to me by a friend and they had a pile of referrals and so couldn’t specify which friend had recommended me. I waited patiently and left it to the back of my mind. “They’ve probably found a good candidate already and I’ve lost out”, I thought. “How nice that a friend might refer me. Obviously I’m Awesome.” (and daft :-/)

So later on, I receive my email with myfurther instructions”. This is where I finally realised that I was dealing with scammers:

Hi. We’d like to start a trial task. Our customer will make a bank transfer to you this week. Please go to our site <site omitted> to submit the banking details where the transfer will go to. Once we’ve established a good transaction history, you will receive between 2-3 transfers per week (amounts of about R10 000 each except the first trial transfers).
Please confirm that you can start. We don’t send any transfers to your account until we receive confirmation from you.
On Monday you will receive notification, detailed information and instructions regarding the transfers. Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Say what??? I checked out the web site in question and, without a doubt, this is a money laundering scheme done by professionals. They know what they’re doing and they probably launder millions every month. What’s more is that, inevitably, they will screw you over and get the cops to arrest YOU. These criminals can leave evidence behind implicating you even if all you’ve done is diligently moved money from one place to anotherand kept a small percentage for yourself. 😛

Money laundering is where illegitimate money (stolen, probably) is transferred via third parties to appear more legitimate. You’re an accessory to the crime and, even worse, you’re even likely to be the victim of it. Recognise when an opportunity is too good to be true. I was fooled for a short while. Next up, given that a victim might give out a lot of personal details, the scammers might steal your identity and start to implicate you in fraudulent activities without you ever having done a thing.

If you happen to have already given any details such as the above where they wanted my banking details, contact your bank and inform them of the situation. They will give you the best possible advice on what to do next. If you’ve already responded to the mail but haven’t yet already given them the information they want, don’t reply any further. I’d also suggest calling your local police for further advice.

ថ្ងៃ​ព្រ​ហ​ស្​​ប, March 05th, 2009 | អ្នក​និពន្ធ:

Why is it that we’re so gullible?

I even considered for a whole second that my colleague had cross-checked the following SPAM before posting it on our IRL noticeboard. Please note that the following text originally had really bad-for-your-eyes fonts and colours. 😉

Urgent Warning from
Cell C, Vodacom & MTN!

[business card of aLegal Representativeof the Special Investigating Unit]

Dear All,
If you receive a phone call on your mobile from any person, saying that, he or she is
a company engineer, or saying that they’re checking your mobile line, and you have
to press # 90 ឬ #09 or any other number.
End this call immediately without pressing any numbers.
There is a fraud company using a device that once you press #90 ឬ #09 they can
access your ‘SIMcard and make calls at your expense.
Forward this message to as many friends as you can, to stop it.
All mobile users pay attention if you receive a phone call and your mobile phone
displays (XALAN) on the screen don’t answer the call, END THE CALL IMMEDIATELY,
if you answer the call, your phone will be infected by a virus..
This virus will erase all IMEI and IMSI information from both your phone and your SIM
card, which will make your phone unable to connect with the telephone network. You
will have to buy a new phone. This information has been confirmed by both Motorola
and Nokia.

The first things that got me thinking was the text denoting authority at the top of the page. Now, bear in mind this is on a noticeboardnot my inbox where my anti-spam senses are at their peak.

Who could possibly have the authority to say they’re sending out a notification on behalf of each of South Africa’s tri-opoly of GSM providers? យល់ព្រម, so its someSpecialLegal team that sounds government-type. They’re legitit turns ចេញ – but they probably don’t have enough time to take my call asking if this is all true. Absolutely everything on the Internet must be true, especially anything I say. 😛

So anyway, now that we’re over the silliness, let’s break this hoax down:

Official Documentation

Bar a business card, which is hardly standard in any industry, there is no official contact information. I’d expect at least a letterhead or a misguided trailing disclaimer.

Presentation and Language

There are actually 2 notices here regarding separate threats however it isn’t obvious without reading the text in full. This is because the paragraphing and grammar are very poor. Government institutions don’t normally issue poorly-worded or paragraphed documentation. ក៏, why not issue a separate notification regarding each threat separately?

និង Lime Green??? bleh

There are no links to further resources

Any warning of this sort would undoubtedly offer further information or advertise the online presence of the institution. ក៏, perhaps they’d like for you to give feedback on the situation or maybe they’d like us to report on further suspicious activity. But no. គ្មានអ្វី. Just a specific representative’s business card. What if the guy dies, finds a better job, ឬ leaves the country?

There is a fraud company … “

This means that they haven’t any clue who it is. This is a broad and passive statement. Question whenever someone saysthey” ឬ “people who”. Who is thisfraud company”? Where isthere”? And why doesn’t this crack government legal team (who have to use chain mail to spread warnings) let us know through their uber-powerful chain mail network?

Forward this message to as many friends as you can

ខ្ញុំ, oh my. This line has probably been in every chain letter / social engineering virus (my special definition) since sliced bread.

This information has been confirmed by both Motorola and Nokia.

They’re trying to prevent you from thinking for yourself and try to verify their claims independently. They’re sayingYou’re stupid to check. We already checked for you. :-ឃ”. ជា​ការ​ពិត​ណាស់, in reality, they’re just trying to take advantage of our gullible nature.

“#90 or #09” និង “XALAN

There isn’t any way for you to verify this. ជា​ថ្មី​ម្តង​ទៀត, question everything. Google’s first page of results is riddled with the wordsCell phone warning hoax”. duh.

If you get a message like the above from your friends, reply and tell them to stop sending spamand maybe give them a link to this page so they know why. 🙂

Friday, November 21st, 2008 | អ្នក​និពន្ធ:

So I gots me s’more spam to mah mobile. o.O

Thankfully, it turns out that there is some proper recourse. Thanks to Stefano for pointing me in the right direction. (original post នៅ​ទីនេះ)

WASPA (or Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association) is theIndustry Bodyfor Wireless Service Providers in SA. They have a complaints page where you get to submit all the juicy details about how a WASPA (or WASP) has breached the WASPA Code of Conduct.

Perhaps the provider in question gets featured on the complaint reports pagewhere everyone will see how much they’ve been fined along with a full report of the complaint. This includes WASPA’s investigation and a summary of the communications with the Service Provider concerning the matter. សំខាន់, its all publicly accessible.

I just wish people actually KNEW about this thing though. I certainly didn’t know that a WASP isn’t just the name of a (usually) flying insect? Yeahturns out some wasps don’t have wings and are mistaken សម្រាប់ antsgo figure.

Back to the topic at hand: Spread the word! And lodge your complaints!

ថ្ងៃ​ព្រ​ហ​ស្​​ប, ទី 13 ខែ​វិច្ឆិកា, 2008 | អ្នក​និពន្ធ:

ខ្ញុំ​មិន​បាន​ទទួល​ច្រើន សារ​ឥត​បាន​ការ ទៅ​ក្នុង​ទូរស័ព្ទ​របស់​ខ្ញុំ. ខ្ញុំ​បាន​ទទួល​សារ SMS របស់​ចៃដន្យ​នៅ​ក្នុង​ឱកាស​អំពី “ពិសេស” ការ​ផ្តល់​ជូន​ពិសេស​និង​ច្រើន​ចេញទៅ. នរណា​ម្នាក់​ក៏ sms'd ម្តង “ក្នុងនាម​ខ្ញុំ” មួយ​នៃ​អ្នក​ទាំងនោះ ចុង​យប់ អ៊ី​-ទូរទស្សន៍ ពិសេស​ការផ្សាយពាណិជ្ជកម្ម. ជា​រៀងរាល់​ខែ​ខ្ញុំ​ទទួល​បាន​សារ​ទូន្មាន​ជូន​ដំណឹង​ខ្ញុំ​អំពី​អ្វី​ដែល​ខ្ញុំ​កំពុង​បាត់​ខ្លួន​នៅ​លើ. ខ្ញុំ​ឆ្ងល់​ថា​បើ​ទោះ​បី​ជា, តើ​មាន​បញ្ជី​គ្មាន​ការ​ផ្ញើ​ខ្ញុំ​អាច​បន្ថែម​ខ្លួន​ឯង​ទៅ​នៅ MTN, Vodacom, ឬ​ក្រឡា​-C​,?

អាច​បញ្ជី​ក​​្រុមហ៊ុន​ផ្តល់​សេវាកម្ម​ទូរស័ព្ទ​ដៃ​ណា​មួយ​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន​ទាំង​អស់​ដែល​បាន​អ្នក​បាន​ផ្ញើ​សារ​ជា​អក្សរ​តាម​រយៈ​ប្រព័ន្ធ​របស់ SMS ភាគច្រើន​នៅ​ក្នុង​ខែ​មុន, ឧទាហរណ៍? ហើយ​ខ្ញុំ​អាច​ប្រាប់​អ្នក​ផ្តល់​សេវា​កោសិកា​របស់​ខ្ញុំ​ដើម្បី​អាច spam ដែល​ដោយ​មិន​ចាំបាច់​ផ្ញើ​សារ​តម្លៃ​ខ្ញុំ R7.50 ជាមួយ​ពាក្យ “បញ្ឈប់”? [កែសម្រួល… ប្រែ​ចេញ​សារ​ជា​អក្សរ​នេះ​គឺ ស​ន្ម​ត់​ថា ត្រូវ​បាន​ចោទ​ប្រកាន់​នៅ​ក្នុង​អត្រា​ទាប​បំផុត​ដែល​អាច​ធ្វើ​បាន. សូម​អរគុណ, Tumbleweed]

ជា​ចុង​ក្រោយ, ខ្ញុំ​បាន​ឮ​ពី​សេវា​ទាំង​នេះ​ដែល​ជា​កន្លែង​ដែល​អ្នក​ត្រូវ​ចំណាយ​ដើម្បី​ទទួល​មាតិកា​រហូត. ងូត​ថា​សេវា​កម្ម​របស់​ខ្លួន​ដែល​ជា​កន្លែង​ដែល​ពួក​គេ​បាន​ស​ន្ម​ត់​ដែល​អ្នក​ចង់​ឱ្យ​ពួក​គេ​ចោទ​ប្រកាន់​អ្នក​ផ្លូវ R5 ជា​រៀង​រាល់​ថ្ងៃ​ដើម្បី​ផ្ញើ​ឱ្យ​អ្នក​អ្វី​មួយ. ប្អូន​ស្រី​របស់​ខ្ញុំ​មាន​បញ្ហា​ដែល​ជា​កន្លែង​ដែល​នាង​មិន​ដែល​មាន​រលកអាកាស​មួយ. វា​គឺ​ជា​ការ​បាន​ទេ​ព្រោះ​ប្រាក់ឧបត្ថម្ភ​ប្រចាំ​ស​ប្តា​ហ៍ R20 របស់​នាង​នឹង​ត្រូវ​បាន​លេប​ទាំង​មូល​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​បន្ទាប់​ដោយ​មួយ​ក្នុង​ចំណោម​ទាំង​នេះ “សេវា” ដែល​បាន​ផ្ញើ​រូបភាព​របស់​នាង​ល្អ​និង​កាត់ R10. នាង​អាច​ទាញ​យក​បាន​រូបភាព​ដូច​គ្នា​ឬ​ស្រដៀង​គ្នា​ដោយ​ប្រើ​កុំ​ព្យូ​ទ័​រ​របស់​នាង​ប្រហែល 5C ដោយ​ប្រើ ក្រុមហ៊ុន Google បាន's បាន ការ​ស្វែងរក​រូបភាព ហើយ​ខ្ញុំ​នឹង​មាន ទំហំ​និង​ច្រឹប វា​ឱ្យ​សម​ទៅ​នឹង​អេក្រង់​ទូរស័ព្ទ​របស់​នាង​ឥត​ខ្ចោះ​ដោយ​គ្មាន​ការ​កាឡៃ​ដែល​អាច​មើល​ឃើញ​ឬ​ឈ្មោះ​ក្លែងក្លាយ. ក្នុង​ពេល​ជាមួយ​គ្នា, ពួក​គេ​បាន​អះអាង​ថា​ការ​រក្សា​សិទ្ធិ​នៅ​លើ​មាតិកា​ដែល​ជា LAME នេះ. ខ្ញុំ​នឹង​ភ្នាល់​ពួក​គេ​កំពុង​លួច​រូបភាព​ពី​អ៊ិ​ន​ធឺ​ណិ​ខ្លួន​ឯង​យ៉ាង​ណា​ក៏​ដោយ.

នៅ​ទី​បញ្ចប់​វា​ជា​ការ​កាន់​តែ​ងាយ​ស្រួល​សម្រាប់​នាង​ដើម្បី​ទទួល​បាន​ចំនួន​បង់ប្រាក់​ជាមុន​ថ្មី. ខ្ញុំ​គ្រាន់​តែ​សង្ឃឹម​ថា​ពួក​គេ​នៅ​តែ​មិន​នឹង​បញ្ជូន​មាតិកា​បន្ថែម​ទៀត​ដើម្បី​ទទួល​បាន​អ្នកណា​ចំនួន​អាយុ​របស់​នាង​បន្ទាប់​ពី​ការ​កែច្នៃ​របស់​ខ្លួន. 😮