It’s not every day that the Mozilla Foundation gets an email like this:
I would like to make a $10,000 contribution to your noble cause. Also put me on your mailing list for updates, newsletters, or anything you think I should know about. Call me at 555-555-5555 with details needed for my check. I also want to introduce you to some corporate friends of mine who can make a much larger donation. Keep up the good work…
Wow, jackpot, right? Then again, this sort of thing is usually too good to be true. So we did a little research. Yes, the guy existed, and his phone number in an online directory matched the one in the email. Yes, he was a bigwig in an large company, and an ex-banker, so he’s probably loaded. Yes, he’d previously made charitable donations to other organisations. It was all looking really promising.
So eventually, we called the number – only to find an answering machine telling us that his account had been hacked, and to ignore any messages sent in his name.