Internet Vulnerabilities & Criminal Activity. Phishing, Nigerian 419’s, & High-Yield Investment Programs (HYIP) 8.2 10/31/2011. Phishing.
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Internet Vulnerabilities & Criminal Activity
Phishing, Nigerian 419’s, & High-Yield Investment Programs (HYIP)
“The criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”
URL - http://mail.opmcm.gov.np/locale/ar/LC_MESSAGES/online.lloydstsb.co.uk/customer.ibcWT.ac=hpIBlogon/
188.8.131.52 is from Nepal(NP) in region Southern and Eastern Asia
“Redirecting one web sites traffic to another web site.”
“An advance-fee fraud in which the target is persuaded to advance sums of money in the hope of realizing a significantly larger gain.”
High-Yield Investment Programs
“A type of Ponzi scheme, which is an investment scam that promises an unsustainably high return on investment by paying previous investors with the money invested by newcomers.”
Ponzi schemes are a type of illegal pyramid scheme named for Charles Ponzi, who duped thousands of New England residents into investing in a postage stamp speculation scheme back in the 1920s. Ponzi thought he could take advantage of differences between U.S. and foreign currencies used to buy and sell international mail coupons. Ponzi told investors that he could provide a 40% return in just 90 days compared with 5% for bank savings accounts. Ponzi was deluged with funds from investors, taking in $1 million during one three-hour period and this was 1921! Though a few early investors were paid off to make the scheme look legitimate, an investigation found that Ponzi had only purchased about $30 worth of the international mail coupons.