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Fake BHW Jr. VIP mail scam

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Diamond Damien, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. Diamond Damien

    Diamond Damien Owner BlackHatWorld Staff Member Jr. VIP

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    Appears lots of people received some very cleaver SPAM offering free BHW upgrades.

    This was just spam and not an official BHW message. To join the official email news please click here

    To join the Jr. VIP section you must have 100 posts and be a member on the forum for at least 60 days. If you comply with these requirements please click here to upgrade.
     
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  2. ferma231

    ferma231 Elite Member

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    Did you get hacked ?
     
  3. Diamond Damien

    Diamond Damien Owner BlackHatWorld Staff Member Jr. VIP

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    We are looking into what happened and have taken moves to mitigate it happening again. AKA - we're working on it.
     
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  4. Radz

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    I have also received an email today from Support@BlackHatWorld.com
    Code:
    Dear Radz,
    
    You have been randomly selected to receive FREE VIP status on the  BlackHatWorld forums! This is a LIFETIME upgrade, and it's special just  for you!
    
    Please visit : [COLOR=#ff0000]URL Removed[/COLOR]
    Download your VIP Code, and e-mail it back to us. We will then upgrade your account for life!
    
    Perhaps you'd also be interested in a $200 INSTAGRAM BOT. It's my (Damien's) private bot, and it's yours for free.
    
    Download : [COLOR=#ff0000]URL Removed[/COLOR]
    
    Run this as Administrator and watch followers pour in. Then monetize  those followers and walk away with thousands in CPA Earnings! It's what I  did!
    
    We hope you utilize both of these offers. It's just our way of saying THANK YOU FOR BEING APART OF BLACKHATWORLD! WOO! [IMG]https://content.blackhat-static.com/blackhat-seo/images/smilies/smile.png[/IMG]

    I don't know if Its Fake or True..
     
  5. midnight_focus

    midnight_focus Power Member

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    yes I got it yesterday and it was very obvious it's a scam email.
     
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  6. ChanzGrande

    ChanzGrande Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Nevermind. I withdraw my comments. Re-reading your post above, I have concluded the following is likely the explanation for this event:

    1. Email was likely sent to the entire BHW community.
    2. My email said, VIP upgrades, not Jr. VIP upgrades. - Certainly enticing.
    3. You are now able to create this thread in response to it to put everyone's mind at ease.
    4. You can get optins for the actual email list.
    5. You can solicit upgrades from non-vip members.

    Yeah, pretty clever guys. :)
     
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  7. shadowcat

    shadowcat Elite Member

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    Thanx DD...we have received similar mails as well...pretty annoying but rate nowadays the scam rate has gone high.Even the Service providers are it every onw and then...
     
  8. jaerehan

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    Come on man, are you crazy?

    Probably this is what happend:

    Mod or mods was hacked, exec vips got hacked, an infected instragram was posted, some guy's paypal was hacked too.
    Email had been sent out to a few guys around 2 dozen, with the infected instagram bot. DD himself was hacked too. Now they are getting all the damage fixed
     
  9. bertbaby

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    I had added this to the fatboy thread but is this legitimate?

    Dear bertbaby

    I'm excited to announce we are updating our mailing list from our old provider and need you to opt in again to continue your subscription to the BHW mailing list.

    We have received a request from this email address asking for a copy of the BHW newsletter. Before we begin sending you the information you
    requested, we want to be certain we have your permission.



    -----------------------------------------------------------
    CONFIRM BY VISITING THE LINK BELOW:

    http://www.aweber.com/z/c/?zbwcny03ltpk4upjno9v0xva23clr3965

    Click the link above to give us permission to send you
    information. It's fast and easy! If you cannot click the
    full URL above, please copy and paste it into your web
    browser.
     
  10. Alkanphel

    Alkanphel Junior Member

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    heh never even got the email....
     
  11. howard_hughes

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    Thanks for keeping us updated man, Please keep updating stuff on FB in future as well... it really helps.
     
  12. raghav

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    I never got this email!!!!
     
  13. navimeister

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    Earlier I have seen a post from Damien saying these emails were legit. He probably got hacked then..
     
  14. Diamond Damien

    Diamond Damien Owner BlackHatWorld Staff Member Jr. VIP

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  15. Diamond Damien

    Diamond Damien Owner BlackHatWorld Staff Member Jr. VIP

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    Sorry they are not legit navimeister. Hence the reason for this sticky.

     
  16. wowhaxor

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    Hopefully nobody clicked that, I'd like to think BHW members are a little more difficult to scam so blatantly like that but if you did be sure to take appropriate measures now that you know 100% it was not legitimate.
     
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  18. Checkered hat

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    This explains why BHW was offline last few hours. I'm very glad situation is under control now. Guys who did that obviously don't know the difference between blackhat and scam or they just don't care.

    Long live BHW!