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Vol. 2 No. 8 October 2003

Scamming for Storage

If you've checked your inbox any time in the last five years, you've probably noticed e-mails from African countries promising money in exchange for help in getting millions of dollars out of those countries. "Help" consists, ultimately, of providing a bank account number to these total strangers. Apparently, appeals to pure greed haven't worked well enough, so at least one scam artist is now dangling a carrot even more attractive than money: disk drives. One of this magazine's editors received an e-mail "due to the good recommendation giving to your company by one of our business associate in UK" [sic] offering 500 disk drives at attractive prices. The e-mail contained more of the same fractured language that the dozens of variants on the original scam has. Requests for payment info were frequently repeated over the course of several e-mail exchanges. The disk drives, purportedly, are 7,200 rpm, 40GB Maxtor disk drives for $55. Maxtor's DiamondMax Plus 8 model retailed for $70 at CDW last month, so we can only imagine how ...

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