Scam Alert!

There is a new scam going around where small non-profit organizations are
being targeted by a ³Barbara Moratek² of the ³Ivete Foundation³.

The email looks something like this:

From: B. Moratek- Ivete Foundation []
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2008 5:42 PM
Subject: Information for prospective donors
Would you have additional information for prospective donors or
volunteers other than what is on your website? Thank you in advance.

Warm regards,
Barbara Moratek
Vice President, Director of Grant Programs
Ivete Foundation
Phone- [redacted]
Fax- 800.397.7205
Web- www

The spam email is likely some type of 419 scam.

However, Googling “Barbara Moratek” shows a bunch of links pushing fake
codec Trojans and other junk sites (many on Blogger).

It¹s likely that malware sites are taking advantage of the fact that people
will be googling this name to find out more about it, by stuffing pages with
the term ³Barbara Moratek² (spamdexing), having purchased or otherwise
acquired ³zeitgeist² keywords (meaning, loading sites up with current ³hot²
keywords and then using them to lure people to their site).

Our research is continuing, but we felt it prudent to get a blog post up so
that people ‘Google-ing’ this name will hopefully have some kind of warning.