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Looking back at 2017

Looking back at 2017

2017 was a disastrous year for the consumer in the cyber fraud arena and we saw a lot happening. It’s all to easy looking at numbers such as our 2017 statistics, not realizing what they represent. This period was a virtual war where consumers lost their livelihoods after being defrauded, the numbers represent futures lost, the undermining of one of the marvels of the 21st century, the internet. Behind each increase in count, we find misery multiplied. These are directly…

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The Faker Maker

The Faker Maker

The role of the Faker Maker in 419 frauds is not generally known. Yet he is key to the long-term success of a scam. This term, although the origins of it have been lost, is used to describe somebody knowingly facilitating 419 frauds from a technical perspective for personal gain in exchange for the risk of doing so. He is a technical specialist services provider to parties involved in 419 fraud and knowingly and willingly facilitating. It’s not uncommon to…

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We don’t accept these email domain endings

We don’t accept these email domain endings

On the 1st of November 2017, Artists Against 419 blocked emails email addresses using the following top level domains to our mail services: .accountant .bid .cricket .date .download .faith .loan .men .party .racing .review .science .stream .trade .webcam .win This step was most regrettable, but we reserve the right to stop any serial abuse of our email services and resources. Suddenly today we saw a massive spam inflow from at least two of these TLDs. The patterns were all too…

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Understanding the Cameroonian Pet Scam

Understanding the Cameroonian Pet Scam

In a previous article we mentioned that not much is known about the Cameroonian Pet Scam or this type of fraud emanating from West Africa. We mentioned the pet scam, the weed scam and stolen credit card details. This article quickly looks at one scammer found that will illustrate this type of cyber-crime.

From Benin: A Loan Scam Syndicate

From Benin: A Loan Scam Syndicate

In November 2016,  the On-line ADR Center of the Czech Arbitration Court (CAC) made a UDRP ruling on the domain CREDIT-BOURSORAMABANQUE.COM, where this domain was found to be violating Bourorama SA’s rights. Ref: http://udrp.adr.eu/adr/decisions/decision.php?dispute_id=101308. In the notable portions in this judgment, we find the following: Factual Background FACTS ASSERTED BY THE COMPLAINANT AND NOT CONTESTED BY THE RESPONDENT: The Complainant, BOURSORAMA S.A., is a French company founded in 1995 and is active in online brokerage, the provision of financial information…

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Introducing WHOIS flaky factor

Introducing WHOIS flaky factor

AA419 has introduced a new toy for internet researchers. Background When looking up the registration details (WHOIS) for a domain, in the thin domain gTLD model, we are reliant on registrars to supply these services. Essentially the access should be freely available and meet the following specifications as per ICANN Registrars and registries [PDF, 649 KB] are obligated to provide access to WHOIS data through registration data publication services. It must be publicly available in a specific format and on…

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aa419 DDoS Aug 2013 Breakdown; APNIC

aa419 DDoS Aug 2013 Breakdown; APNIC

This post forms part of “aa419 DDoS Aug 2013 Breakdown” split for ease of reading Here are statistics for bots from the APNIC region, broken down by Country code, ASN, IP address.

aa419 DDoS Aug 2013 Breakdown; AFRINIC

aa419 DDoS Aug 2013 Breakdown; AFRINIC

This post forms part of “aa419 DDoS Aug 2013 Breakdown” split for ease of reading Here are statistics for bots from the AFRINIC region, broken down by Country code, ASN, IP address

aa419 DDoS Aug 2013 Breakdown; RIPENCC

aa419 DDoS Aug 2013 Breakdown; RIPENCC

This post forms part of “aa419 DDoS Aug 2013 Breakdown” split for ease of reading Here are statistics for bots from the RIPENCC region, broken down by Country code, ASN, IP address.