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Hacked By Imam

Posted by TechGeek on May 31, 2012

Hacked By Imam with Love

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BMW company 2012 award promotion scam email

Posted by TechGeek on May 23, 2012

An interesting fake email received with subject line as “CONGRATULATION!!!” with the file attachment. Generally, such fake email contains information about fake promotion, lottery promotion or winning notification in the email body itself but not with this email. This time scammer didn’t add any detailed information into the email body rather contained a bold message line asking to view the attachment. The attachment was nothing but a Microsoft document file with file name “BMW__2012_AWARD_PROMO2012_3.doc”. Here is the screenshot of the email:

We recommend you to never download any attachment from unknown sender. The attached doc file contains the scam message with images and winning notification along with phone number of scammer. Here is the screenshot of the message:

Interestingly, the scammer has put this usual email subject in the doc file instead of in email body. This may be intentionally done by the scammer to avoid the email being detected as a spam by email vendors. The message says that you have won a brand BMW car worth of GBP 22,500. Also along with winning car, you have also won some additional benefits shown in below message:

Then scam message asks for your personal information to be sent over the email provided.

Look at the above information, the message asks your bank details. This is really scary if someone accidentally sends the bank details to the scammer. Lastly, scammer provides his/her own information like name, phone and email:

Interesting to see that scammers are sending scam messages inside the document file and not in the email body. This scam is more dangerous as it uses brand name like BMW and asks for your bank account details.

Never share any details over the phone or email.

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BBC UK lotodraw scam SMS on mobile

Posted by TechGeek on May 18, 2012

Here is the latest SMS received on the mobile related to BBC UK lotodraw.

BBC UK!:Your MobileNo has Won £500,000 in BBC.Int.LotoDraw, To ClaimPrize Send FullDetail:Name,Add,Country,Sex,Age,Occ,Email,

Last year, we blogged about fake scam promotion on cell phones which lure victim to provide their sensitive and personal information. Mobile users are increasing day by day and that’s where scammers are using mobile platform to promote their fake scams. Many times, people receives fake mobile SMS from scammers mainly related to lottery, money scam etc.

Most of the time SMS contains scammers email address and asks for user’s personal information. The victim who fails to understand motive behind SMS sends his/her personal information to scammer and may loose his/her personal identity or often leads to paying the money to scammer.

Remember to ignore such SMS and do not provide your any personal information over the mobile or email.

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iPhone 4s Sim Failure and Invalid Sim errors and solution

Posted by TechGeek on December 29, 2011

Last month, I was using Vodafone 3G micro sim card in my iPhone and everything was working fine for a day or two. Suddenly, I was shocked to see “Sim Failure” message with “Invalid Sim” or “No Service” in the status bar (upper left corner of my iPhone). I tried to re-insert the card couple of times but it was giving me same error messages number of times a day. Even, I bought new micro sim cards from different vendors to check if the issue is with my network provider but found the issue was with iPhone 4S. I was frustrated with this and was looking around on the Google for patch or solution.
invalid sim faliure

I posted the same problem over the apple community and found that Apple has released a tweaked version of iOS 5.0.1 to address this problem.  According to Apple, iPhone 4s sometimes fails to detect sim card installed resulting in the following behaviors.

  • Invalid SIM” or “No SIM Card installed” alert appears intermittently.
  • Status bar displays “No Service” or “Searching” in a location with good network coverage.

The original build number for Apple iOS 5.0.1 is 9A405 whereas the version of tweaked one is 9A406. I have installed that version by carefully taking backup of my iPhone settings. I have tested this for day and two and I have never encountered any error so far. This means Apple addresses this failure issue in that new version which is not released officially rather you can say it as a minor update. I would not say minor as I was having lot of issues with failure of sim like no calls, no internet?.

So if you are an iPhone fan and facing similar issue, you can follow simple steps to update your iPhone iOS to this tweaked version.
1)    Connect your iPhone to a computer with iTunes installed.
2)    Select the iPhone from Devices menu.
3)    Right click on the iPhone and click on Backup. This will backup your iPhone contents and settings to a computer.
4)    Restore your iPhone 4S using iTunes by clicking Restore button below the Check for Update button.
5)    iTunes will start downloading the new iOS version.
6)    Once the download will finish, it will restart your iPhone with newly iOS. iTunes will ask you to restore your backup from computer.
7)    Once you restore your backup, you can verify that the version is now iOS 5.0.1 (9A406) in Settings > General > About.
Hope this will help those who are currently suffering from Sim error issues with new iPhone 4S. Here is the direct link to Apple document.

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Google 13th anniversary awards held in UK email spam

Posted by TechGeek on November 23, 2011

This is yet another spam email circulating over the internet. This time a big brand name Google is used by spammers with lot more details in order to convince victim to think if it is coming from real Google. The even mentioned by spam email says “Google 13th Anniversary Awards as organized by the Anniversary Centre of Google Inc., held on Sept. 27th, 2011 in the United Kingdom”.

The email has been written so well that people will convince thinking it’s a true event and may provide their personal information. Even the email says the prize won must be claimed by the email owner only, not later than 30 days from the date of notification.” The spam email comes with subject line “Award Notification!!” with sender as Google UK. Here are the contents of the email,


We are pleased to inform you that your email address attached to file No: G13/B-1/2011 with award reference no: GGL2011/244/M-13 has been selected to receive an award of Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds (£ 500,000.00) in the last batch of Google 13th Anniversary Awards as organized by the Anniversary Centre of Google Inc., held on Sept. 27th, 2011 in the United Kingdom.

Google Inc randomly selected 13 email addresses through a computer ballot system to receive £ 500,000.00 prize money each as a part of their for-profit philanthropic wing (GOOGLE.ORG) promotion. The prize won MUST be claimed by the email owner ONLY, not later than 30 days from the date of notification.

Send your complete personal information with your award ref. and file no. to enable us process your claim;

1. Full name:

2. Country :

3. Contact Address:

4. Telephone or Mobile:

5. Marital Status:

6. Occupation:

7. Sex:

8. Age:

9. Email:

 Dr. Barry Petko

Director of Operations, Google Claim Centre

Tel: +44 701 028 5565 or +44 871 315 0967

Fax: +44 870 495 6313 or +44 870 471 8742

Email: or

Please do not reply if you are NOT the owner of this email address.

Sincerely Yours,

Google Management

Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Founders of Google Inc.) committed 1% of Google’s equity, 1% of profits, employee time, and in-kind giving of products and services to doing good. Keep your award information confidential to avoid double claims.”

The last few lines are amazing and spammer even used the Google founder names. Avoid such emails and never share personal information over the email.

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