No Bitcoin - No Problem: Follow Up to Last Weeks Donation Scam
Last Updated: 2022-03-07 07:28:17 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
Friday, I wrote about a scam email I received asking for "donations" to the Red Cross via Bitcoin. The email wasn't hard to spot as a scam, and a victim not realizing this is a scam may not be familiar with Bitcoin either. So I replied to the email asking for alternatives. Interestingly, I did receive a reply:
We appreciate your worthy kindness on generously willing to donate to a noble cause.
You are among the few who have chosen to write their name on the sand of time.
We at ICRC love and appreciate you. With your gift of donation, you will be saving many souls in Ukraine.
For Easiest Payment Kindly send your donation to this Paypal account: firstname.lastname@example.org
And send a Payment Slip for our documentation purposes.
The email address was reported to Paypal. Luckily, the Bitcoin part of the scam doesn't appear to work very well, with no additional money being received other than the very first transaction (maybe just a test?)
Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D. , Dean of Research, SANS.edu