Online Scams VI: New "Pending Email Closure" Scam
We recently received an email, allegedly from
"megaplex.co.za Support" [actually email@example.com],
that reads as follows:
Subject: 2nd Notice of Pending email closure for
megaplex.co.za Support Notification for info
Date and Time: 1/28/2019 4:27:55
Email Server: megaplex.co.za
User ID: info
Available Space: 2%
Used space: 98%
email account has reached it's allocated email
storage limit, please take a moment to review this
upgrade for a better megaplex.co.za mail service
Follow the instructions below to
request 500MB extra email storage.
Note: If no action is taken after
12hrs of receipt of this notification, your email
and all its contents will be deleted permanently.
Copyright � 2019
This is obviously a scam, for many reasons:
We've never heard of
fassatech·com. Our email service provider
is local, with a .co.za address.
We never received a "First Notice of Pending email
The date is in US format. What's the first of the 28th
"It's" (in "it's allocated email storage limit") should be
"its". Bad English is typical of scams.
Hovering over the REQUEST NOW hyperlink reveals a
link to hairdelightllc·com -- who are they?
In any case, no reputable email
service provider will threaten to summarily delete one's
However, parts of this are well done and could fool the unwary.
Clicking on the REQUEST NOW hyperlink brings up a
greyed-out version of the Megaplex home page, with a login
screen in the foreground:
Note that they have even used our favicon (the
little Megaplex logo at top left)!
Typing any password at all (no spaces) causes the
login box to disappear, and puts one on a page
mail·megaplex·co·za, which is an exact clone of our home page.
That's not how we access our email. Perhaps it could fool
someone in another organisation.
Would You Like More Customers?
You cannot advertise in this Newsletter.
However, you can advertise in Megaplex's other
Newsletter: “Shopping in Sandton”. It goes out early in each month to shops,
businesses, and individuals mostly in Sandton and Bryanston, an
area with many of the highest disposable incomes in Africa.
The Newsletter has run continuously since November 2009.
Circulation is around 6000.
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The column adverts are about 50 mm wide (200 pixels) stacked
down the left-hand edge. Horizontal banners in between
sections are a maximum of 20 mm high and grow or shrink to suit
the width of the main text. You can include text and small
pictures in both kinds of adverts.
What's The Cost?
Banners cost just R250 + VAT per issue (minimum 2), with
discounts for more paid up front (10% off for 4, 20% off for 6,
33.3% off for a year).
For Column adverts, a square (200 x 200 pixels) costs the same
as a banner. Higher or shorter ones are priced proportionately,
thus one twice as high costs double.
There is an additional cost for the top of column, and top
banner (only one of each, and none are available at present).
click here, fill in and send the resulting email.
For details and examples, please
visit this link.