TNS24 – a fake courier company website, used by online scammers

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Beware of attractive strangers contacting you on Facebook, and requesting that you help finance a shipment of goods in your name.. you might find yourself out of pocket, with little chance of redress.

A Naked Security reader contacted us recently, worried that they had become the victim of an internet fraud after they were chatted up by a glamorous-looking woman on Facebook.

According to our correspondent:

“She connected with me on Facebook. Her name is [REDACTED], and she is very attractive. She gave me a story and I fell for it, and I sent her £250 through Western Union. She said she had no cards (lies) having my details she sent me papers for a consignment in my name. [REDACTED], the manager of the TNS24 shipping company phoned me after a few days to track the goods from Turkey to a UK port…”

“All she was concerned about was the consignment, then I was required to pay for the warehouse and insurance purposes £2500 which I did to a personal account through Western Union again, the addresses are all wrong, her Facebook account is an empty shell, I know my money is gone..”

We were curious to find out more, and our eyebrows raised when we visited the TNS24 website at tns24.com.

Can you see anything odd?

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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