WARNING: Business scam/spoof email requested payment of just under £10,000

DO NOT PAY ANY MONEY! IT IS A SCAM!

Quick heads up to anybody searching for information about this. As of 24th January 2018 there appear to be an influx of emails to businesses around the UK trying to trick the accounts department into paying large sums of money to a new beneficiary.

The body of the email is short and to the point:

I need you to process a “Faster Payment” to a new beneficiary, can you handle this right now?

Payee details attached.

Regards

<Director’s Name>

Sent from my iPhone.

The emails generally appear to come from the name of a company director and the email address may look legitimate but the hidden “reply to” address is different and the contents of the email and attachment are a scam. The reply to email address is subtly changed and instead of .co.uk on the end of the email address it’s .co.uk-k.uk which a lot of people might not notice, especially on a small smart phone screen that truncates text.

My accounts department (i.e. me) recently received such an email. It appears to have come from an employee I do not have and the attacment is a spoof Lloyds TSB payment details page requesting £9,855.00 with UK BACS details included.

 Payment Details Lloyds Bank Plc Henry Duncan House, 30 George Street, Edinburgh EH1 4LH Total due £9,855.00 Payee Name Samantha Parkin Bank Name Lloyds Bank Plc Account Number 10261784 Sort Code 30-64-24 Sub-total (Exc. VAT) Total Inc VAT Balance Due Amount ( GBP ) £9,855.00 0,00 £9,855.00 £9,855.00 Plus VAT (20%) The contents of this invoice and any attachments are confidential. They are intended for the named recipient(s) only. If you have received this invoice in error please notify the the sender immediately and do not disclose the contents to anyone or make copies.
Payment Details Lloyds Bank Plc Henry Duncan House, 30 George Street, Edinburgh EH1 4LH Total due £9,855.00 Payee Name Samantha Parkin Bank Name Lloyds Bank Plc Account Number 10261784 Sort Code 30-64-24 Sub-total (Exc. VAT) Total Inc VAT Balance Due Amount ( GBP ) £9,855.00 0,00 £9,855.00 £9,855.00 Plus VAT (20%) The contents of this invoice and any attachments are confidential. They are intended for the named recipient(s) only. If you have received this invoice in error please notify the the sender immediately and do not disclose the contents to anyone or make copies.

The email sign off includes “Sent from my iPhone” which is probably to help make the otherwise short email seem legitimately like it was typed on an iPhone from the Director.

The amount varies, some have been £9,945.00 some £9,855.00 but they always seem to keep it below £10,000 which is presumably to stop it requiring second authorisation or flagging up on any bank system checks.

The hidden internet headers show the source of the original message:

Received: from vps167794.vps.ovh.ca (unknown [158.69.192.239])
by cust-smtp-auth4.fasthosts.net.uk (Postfix) with ESMTPA id 6568F7435EF

If you receive a similar email please report it to ActionFraud immediately who can then take action to freeze the bank accounts and try and trace the criminals behind it.

You can also find more information on this here and here.

STOLEN: DJI Mavic Pro S/N: 08QCE8H0122TW6 Chester, Cheshire UK

DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo S/N: 08QCE8H0122TW6 was stolen from a vehicle in Chester, Cheshire on 10th January 2018.

The serial number of this Mavic Pro was S/N: 08QCE8H0122TW6 (or O8QCE8HO122TW6 depending if they are zeros or the letter O.)

If you see this drone for sale on eBay, Gumtree, Facebook, etc or have been offered it for sale in person please DO NOT BUY IT, it is stolen property and you risk losing the item if the police find it. Please report it to me (@scoopz on twitter), leave an anonymous comment below or call Cheshire Police on 01244 350000 quoting crime reference 212-2018-01-10. Please do not alert the seller that the item may be stolen as it may suddenly disappear before the police can track it down.

If you have already bought this Mavic Pro and are concerned you have bought stolen goods please contact me directly or leave a comment below. I’m willing to buy it back or offer a reward for its return without involving the authorities.

This is not my usual post but I’m hoping somebody looking to buy a cheap Mavic Pro in the North West, Cheshire, UK area might be wise enough to search Google for the serial number 08QCE8H0122TW6  and end up reading this post.

All items shown above stolen including additional 8331 props, DJI sunshade and red joystick cover lock.

STOLEN: DJI Mavic Pro S/N: 08QCE8H0122TW6 Chester, Cheshire UK
STOLEN: DJI Mavic Pro S/N: 08QCE8H0122TW6 Chester, Cheshire UK

SanDisk microSD XC card overheated and melted SD card adapter


The pictures tell the story. 64GB SanDisk microSD XC I Class 10 card bought from Amazon and was being used in the Sandisk microSD to SD card adapter when it got super hot and melted the adapter. SanDisk support were worryingly blasé about it when I spoke with them, they didn’t seem to see the problem with a microSD card getting hot enough to melt plastic and just asked for it to be returned for a replacement.

Melted - SanDisk Ultra 64 GB MicroSDXC Melted - SanDisk Ultra 64 GB MicroSDXC