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Scam with a difference
Started by: priscus (7238) Report abuse
This one has me intrigued.

Obviously methinks a scam.

Some dying reverend wants to give me 8 Million to recycle into efforts to help relieve poverty in the UK.

Gave his address. I checked it, it turns out to be the Icelandic Ministry of Education!

And the email originates from the University of Brighton!

Cannot find any such person listed in their academic staff, so have written to inform their Cyber Security Unit that they are an apparent source of Phishing.

I'll post an update if I get any reply from them.

Please tell me if any of you have had similar email, as I rather suspect the sort of thing we have heard of from Cambridge Analytica has been going on. In the past, I have had involvement with routing funds from donors to pro bono medical services.

I think that some scammer has nailed my profile. Had I not been retired for a considerable period, I could easily have responded to this message!

Posted by: peter g (2208)  Report abuse
Spam it

Posted by: priscus (7238) Report abuse
Normally, I would just delete stuff I suspect.

In this case though, since it was declaring the sender to be someone at Brighton University ( @brighton.ac.uk), I believed that maybe the said person had a device which had been hacked, and a bot placed upon it to distribute these emails.

I had intended to let said person know they were having malware distributed from their device, but the chain seems to be more complex as said person not found on search of their academic staff.

Anyway, as I have said, they have a specialist unit, to which I have dumped the details, should they choose to follow up.


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