Anatomy of a Phishing Scam As Told Through Scamming the Scammer


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Here’s a “scam the scammer” SMS conversation to highlight some of the red flags to look out for the next time your “boss” messages you.

Sometimes it feels like scammers are coming at you from every direction these days. They’re on the phone. They’re on SMS. They’re on social media. Sorting the real from the nonsense can feel like a full time job but, for some people, that “job” turns into fun.

That’s what happened recently when a professional woman in New York City decided to play around a little bit with her “boss,” (spoiler: not her boss) who was making odd requests via text. And while “scam the scammer” situations like this one are often hilarious, they’re also a great way to learn about the methodology that scammers use to trick people into giving them money. 

So let’s take a look at the following “scam the scammer” SMS conversation to highlight some of the red flags to look out for the next time your “boss” messages you. 

1. They set up a situation where you can’t talk to them on the phone.

“Josh” makes it clear up front that he can’t talk on the phone. Obviously there are some situations where this is legitimate — like if he was actually Josh and was actually at a conference — but “Cris,” as an employee, would likely know if her boss was out of office. The scammer is hoping that Cris doesn’t know her boss’ schedule.

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Be Careful If You Get a Strange USB Drive in the Mail – It Might Be a Virus


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Cybercriminals have found a novel way to install malicious software on your computer. Instead of using online tools, they’re sending USB drives directly to victims in the mail throughout the United States.

According to the FBI, a cybercrime group is mailing out physical USB drives hoping that the potential victims connect them to their computers.

The cybercriminals used the United States Postal Service and United Parcel Service to send all the USB drives. But they didn’t send just drives. They also made sure to impersonate the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The messages claimed that the USB drives contained a COVID-19 warning. Other mailed USBs claimed that they were from Amazon and that they had an Amazon gift card inside.

This is nothing new since cyber attackers have often used phishing to impersonate big companies and organizations to make you trust them.

According to the report, these USB drives contain malware known as BadUSB attacks. This malicious software lets the cybercriminal control the computer with the USB drive to do things like create new commands on the computer, install different types of malicious software, or redirect traffic.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time this happened. Back in 2020, there was another attack with a similar process, and cybercriminals sent out a bunch of USB drives in the mail.

That time, the mail claimed that it was a gift card from Best Buy, but in reality, it was also a BadUSB malware that was used to install malware and exploit other vulnerabilities in many organizations’ PCs. They also were used to deploy many ransomware strains like BlackBatter and REvil.

Needless to say, you need to be careful of what you get in the mail and what you plug into your computer. Even if the package is addressed to you, you should avoid at all costs plugging one into your computer.

If the USB drive comes from a company or a person you’re familiar with—and you trust– try contacting them to make sure they actually sent you the USB drive. Even then, if it isn’t actually anything important, you should try to avoid using the USB drive in your computer to prevent any possible cyber attacks.