Instead of commercial email services, I maintain my own mail server and use it for most of my email accounts. As a result, I have to deal with a lot of spam — I don’t get the low-spam benefits that Gmail or Yahoo customers enjoy.
For years spammers have been taking advantage of not-so-bright preppers. At least that’s what it seems like, based on the amount of “tactical” this-and-that spam I have to deal with. But for the last month or so the coronavirus-related scams have been appearing more and more in the flow of spam. Face masks in particular seem to be a hot item for spammers, and also disinfectants and other commercial products related to medical hygiene.
I’m posting the email below because of its astounding chutzpah — not only does this “Israeli scientist” want to sell some sort of anti-coronavirus snake oil, but he is charging $3,000 for two bottles of it!
And buyers are required to pay him in Bitcoin, of all things.
You have to wonder how brisk business is for this enterprising fellow (or chick — there’s no way to tell):
Coronavirus Drug Update: The Latest Info On Pharmaceutical Treatments And Vaccines
Coronavirus Resource Center
The rapid spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has sparked alarm worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared this rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, and many countries are grappling with a rise in confirmed cases. In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising people to be prepared for disruptions to daily life that will be necessary if the coronavirus spreads within communities.
An Israeli scientist works at a laboratory at the MIGAL Research Institute in northern Israel, where efforts are underway to produce a vaccine against the coronavirus adapted from one for infectious bronchitis virus, on March 1, 2020. To boost the immune system, physicians can use drugs like interferons. These are signaling proteins that serve as alarm bells in the body, activating an immune response. Interferons have been used to treat autoimmune diseases and viral hepatitis. “It’s a double-edged sword,” said Shi from the University of Texas Medical Branch. “If you activate them at the wrong time or if you activate it too much, it causes a lot of inflammation, which can cause disease.”
So to treat a virus, doctors have to balance attacking the virus directly without causing any collateral damage to the body, or they have to strengthen the body’s defenses while preventing the virus from causing even more harm. Interferons have already been used to treat Covid-19 cases in China, but it’s unclear how effective they are on their own.
After our research at the MIGAL Institute in northern Israel, we are able to produces drugs for coronavirus.
This drugs is to help you prevent coronavirus ONLY.
Here’s a drugs to some of the most talked-about efforts to treat or prevent coronavirus infection, with details on the science, history, and timeline for each endeavor.
We present two bottles of a natural covidrug which also come with coronavirus emergency kit to you today.
This drugs is to use for preventing coronavirus ONLY.
Due to this coronavirus people has terminate their work, school, and so many organization just to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19)
TWO BOTTLE SYRUP OF COVIDRUG.
CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY KIT.
How to order.
Make payment to our easy payment method BITCOIN WALLET below, after payment send us proof of payment and address where order will be ship within 7/days.
BTC WALLET: [wallet ID redacted]
INFORMATIONS TO PROVIDE AFTER PAYMENT.
City & house address.
Contact: [spammer email redacted]@aol.com
How to protect yourself
It is essential to maintain social distancing — including remaining one metre (three feet) away from anyone who may be coughing or sneezing near you; wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap; cover your face with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing take one full spoon of natural covidrug, and then throw the tissue in a waste bin; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; clean surfaces and objects you touch often; seek medical attention if you have symptoms; and avoid direct contact with live animals in affected areas.
A friend told me that the Nigerian scammers don’t try to make their ads look too sophisticated, on the assumption that someone bright enough to catch errors in grammar or logic would see through the scheme anyway.
So, while it’s pretty easy to see through most schemes, everyone has his level of vulnerability and no one should think he is too sophisticated to be taken in. Look at the clients of Bernard Madoff, who were often wealthy, sophisticated and well-known. It took a highly-sophisticated con-man to hook a highly-sophisticated mark, but Madoff was up to the job.
Someone conversant in using bitcoins is likely fairly bright. Conversely, this Israeli charlatan only needs one or two hits to be profitable.
Hey, for all we know, the Crown Prince of Nigeria might actually be a scientist working in Israel!
I will never eat meat again. I will never eat in a Chinese restaurant again. I will contribute to animal welfare. Removing borders sounds deadly now. Too much demonic nobility of the sausages and donkeys messed in with the queerest notions about sexuality from sick sick sick ideologies. Pathogens really.
PETA – People Eating Tasty Animals
That’s just me. You decide for yourself. AEHP.
Wealthy for some can become a huge property in a wealthy neighbourhood. Sometimes reduced to living in the kitchen drunk lonely isolated and overweight. The gardener needs a loan.
The descriptive body of the letter is cut and paste. The key to the spam is the sudden shift from good English usage to terrible grammar. This is generally the case with phishing scams. Another key giveaway is in email alias. Never click links in these emails.
The only embedded link in the email was the spammer’s email address. I checked that, as I always do, and it was a regular “mailto” link that would pop up a compose window for the user’s email program. There were no HTTP links.
We’re part of a dying breed, Baron: I also run my own email servers, in my very own basement.
SpamAssassin, painfully configured, doesn’t work quite as well as GMail’s spam filters… but quite a bit better than Microsoft’s, to use that as a comparator.
It’s worth the hassle of setting it up, though if you haven’t done it before, expect to mess around for several days, as the logic is a bit convoluted, and the documentation a bit lacking. The feeling that I get is that almost nobody sets up email on an individual basis any more, and so the documentation is almost proprietary knowledge by now.
It’s important to have all the pieces in place for optimal spam-killing.
If you’re using sendmail, keep in mind that some of the plug-in “milters” are broken. The one on FreeBSD works, and can be (very painfully) adapted to work on Linux, but otherwise expect some flaws. Using postfix is probably easier (though I’m still on sendmail, as I date from those days and it still serves me well).
My beloved, who’s an intelligent woman, got caught a week or so back by a spam (originating from Talinn, Estonia) offering masks: she ordered two, one for me, but they never arrived. She’s sufficiently well off to take the hit, but there must be many who are not.