Spammers evolve

Here’s a new wrinkle:

This email is intended to make you aware of the complaint number No 87710 filled with the International Chamber of Commerce by Hughes Trading LTD on 13.06.2011.
The ICC is an arbitrary organization and this trough this message we make an appeal to your common sense trying to reach a common ground and debate the complaint filled by our member before moving forward to legislative solution.

A copy of the complaint as well as more information regarding the complaint filled against your company is available at :

[REDACTED]
The Commission on Arbitration aims to create a forum for experts to pool ideas and impact new policy on practical issues relating to international arbitration, the settlement of international business disputes and the legal and procedural aspects of arbitration. The Commission also aims to examine ICC dispute settlement services in view of current developments, including new technologies.

The e-mail came from the domain underdogmillionaires.com. Visiting the link provided takes you to that domain and a copy of the ICC’s homepage. This is the second phish/spam I’ve received this month regarding “my company” and legal matters. The first was sent in a form of violating intellectual property rights:

Dear Sir,

Attached is a list of the copyrighted material you are infriging on.
As well as hosted at [REDACTED] under Copyrighted Materials.
We are the proprietors of all copyrighted material that is being fringed upon on your companies webste.
We have reserved all rights regarding these trademarked files.
Permission was neither asked nor granted to reproduce our copyrighted material, therefore what your company is doing constitutes infringement of our rights. In terms of the Copyright Statutes, we are entitled to an injunction against your continued infringement, as well as to recover damages from you for the loss we have suffered as a result of your infringing conduct.

In the circumstances, we demand that you immediately:

1. remove all infringing content and notify us in writing that you have done so;

2. pay a licensing fee in the amount of 160,000 USD;

3. immediately cease the use and distribution of copyrighted material;

We await to hear from you by.

This is written without prejudice to our rights, all of which are hereby expressly reserved.

Yours faithfully,
Senior Legal Advisor
Graham Barr
[REDACTED]

Always be suspicious of these type of e-mails, especially if they ask money or send you to a bogus Web address. Some e-mails may be spoofed, view the original headers to determine so. Other hints that the e-mail may be a scam: awkward English and it doesn’t address you specifically.

2 Comments

  1. BdrsMrs

    CFO received the exact same email today …
    “This email is intended to make you aware of the complaint number No 87710 filled with the International Chamber of Commerce by Hughes Trading LTD on 13.06.2011.
    The ICC is an arbitrary organization and this trough this message we make an appeal to your common sense trying to reach a common ground and debate the complaint filled by our member before moving forward to legislative solution.
    A copy of the complaint as well as more information regarding the complaint filled against your company is available at :

    [REDACTED]

    The Commission on Arbitration aims to create a forum for experts to pool ideas and impact new policy on practical issues relating to international arbitration, the settlement of international business disputes and the legal and procedural aspects of arbitration. The Commission also aims to examine ICC dispute settlement services in view of current developments, including new technologies.”

    Told him to DELETE!!!!! Thanks for the backup 🙂

  2. RickBrant

    I just got one of these this morning. Complaint 87710, Hughes Trading LTD, etc. Maybe later I’ll set up a “throwaway” machine and see where the link takes me.

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