Maybank2u Email Scam

Recently there has been an increase in online phishing activity, mainly targeting users of Maybank2u.com.my. Here’s one example and how to spot them in the future.

It started with me getting an email that appeared to be from maybank2u.com.my:

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Both emails above are scam emails. At first glance you won’t be able to tell if it’s legitimate. But as we continue along you’ll start to see red flags popping up.

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Opening up the email in gmail reveals more information from the sender. As scammers are highly unlikely to be able to compromise maybank2u’s email servers to send spam emails, they will usually use another email server but disguise the email to look like it came from Maybank2u. This is called email spoofing.

From the example above, we can see that the email originated from eigbox.net. Also, scammers are surprisingly not very good with writing proper scam emails. You can probably notice spelling and grammar errors in the scam email. This is a fairly consistent pattern and one can only wonder if they proof read their scam emails before sending them out.

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Google Chrome will give us a warning if we try and visit the email link.

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As you can see, the email link takes us to “impactosurf.com.br” instead of “www.maybank2u.com.my”. This should raise a very large red flag. NEVER EVER LOGIN TO YOUR MAYBANK ACCOUNT IF THE URL IS INCORRECT. If you follow this advice, you will NEVER be scammed.

Here we’ll just humour them to see what they’re up to. We first login with our username and password. Scammers will then take this information and login to your account from their computers.

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Next, they ask for more information. I believe this is to make you enter your password again so they can be sure that it is the correct password.

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This is the page where the action is. Remember they have already logged into your account using their computers. Now in order to perform a transaction, they will have to request for a TAC number. They will request on their side, and ask you to enter the TAC number that is sent to your mobile phone. Once they have your TAC number, they can then empty your account with a click of a button.

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After you’ve given them your TAC number, they give you a friendly reminder not to log in. This is to ensure that the TAC number will remain valid until they empty your account (the TAC expires with each log in or in 30 minutes, whichever comes first). This is basically saying “don’t disturb us while we steal your funds”.

As long as there are scammers around, there will be gullible Internet users. Follow the simple guidelines below and you will never be scammed:

  1. NEVER LOGIN FROM EMAIL LINKS.
  2. ALWAYS MANUALLY TYPE “www.maybank2u.com.my” INTO YOUR WEB BROWSER.
  3. ALWAYS CHECK YOUR URL. Ensure you are where you want to be by looking at the URL. Close your browser at the first sign of suspicion.
  4. ALWAYS BE CAUTIOUS. Here’s a trick. If you’re unsure, just use a fake login on a page to test it. If it allows you to “login” that means there is no authentication at all and you’re at a scam site. Remember, the scammers don’t have your details so they won’t know if you have entered a wrong password.

Stay safe on the web.

Mukah: Part 2

The appeal of living in a small town is that you know everyone and everyone knows you. Also, getting around is easy. Everywhere is 2 minutes away. The downside is that when you do something wrong, the whole town knows about it the next day.

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Menara Pehin.

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Traditional houses built on stilts by the river. This was taken on a bridge.

It has been raining quite frequently in Mukah so a few places have been flooded. It’s not a widespread flood like in West Malaysia though.

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Beach-side park. This is a famous location for the Kaul festival, celebrated by the Melanau people.

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On the way to a beach resort. This is a coastal road. There’s perpetual sea mist here because the waves are constantly crashing against the rocks by the shore.

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This is the only beach resort here in Mukah. About 10km from the town of Mukah.

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A Chinese temple in the town.

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St Peter and Paul Church. Beside this church is a secondary school. And beside the secondary school is a new church.

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Went to have a look at the Lamin Dana but it wasn’t open. Here you can explore the ways of life of the Melanau people. Found some photos of the interior on the net.

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These houses are built on stilts and they even built a walkway to each house. The walkway stretches very long into the village.

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Clock tower near the mosque.

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Chimney from a sago factory.

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Mukah is also home to a thriving fishing industry because of its proximity to the sea. Fish prices in Mukah have been steadily increasing because of buyers from Sibu who are willing to pay the higher price for fresh fish.

I also tried out some local delicacies like the umai (diced raw fish) and their ikan bakar (grilled fish). I find the umai quite interesting and will definitely serve as a very good appetizer. But you need to beware of the small bones inside because they dice the fish whole, bones included, using a very sharp knife.

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And this is fried mee soup. They fry the mee and then serve it with soup.

More to come tomorrow.

Mukah: Part 1

Since I had a few days to spare in Kuching before celebrating Chinese New Year, I dropped by Mukah to visit a good friend. This will also be the second time that I’ll be flying on the Twin Otter, previously during my trip to Mulu a decade ago.

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I bought a standby ticket to Mukah after lunch and was on standby for the 3:45pm flight. Bookings for that flight was full, but after I packed and went back to the airport, they managed to get me a seat on that flight.

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It was raining so umbrellas were provided. No aerobridge to get you to the cabin.

I almost forgot how small the aircraft was. There are no seat numbers so it’s free seating. No cabin crew to serve drinks either. There was no requirement since the aircraft seats 19 people or less. There were 11 passengers on my flight.

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Small cabin.

Getting to Mukah was an adventure itself. Flying in a small plane means you’re pretty much at the mercy of the weather. The takeoff roll was very brief. It was raining in Kuching and visibility was not very good. But once we broke through the rain clouds, it was all clear and sunny. And soon we were climbing to 7500 feet. The aircraft is unpressurized so it cannot fly too high. So there’s plenty to see if you look out from the window.

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The many rivers of Sarawak snaking inland.

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Flying at about 7500 feet at 300km/h.

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Houses can be seen as we approached Mukah.

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Sharp right turn as we approached Mukah. Flaps down in this photo.

The plane came down very fast during landing. The pilot then made a U-turn and headed back to the terminal. After the passengers left I talked to the captain and pilot. I asked them how they navigate the route and they say mainly VFR (visual) and GPS. They had about 15 minutes before taking off again to head back to Kuching.

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Very simple flight instruments.

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Very small cabin.

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Admittedly, I got lost in this airport when I arrived because they had closed the front doors by the time I got down from the aircraft.

More to come. Stay tuned!

Water Tank

I know it has been ages since my last post. As part of my New Years Resolution, I will try and clear all the backlog starting from November last year. For now, a short one.

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During spring cleaning two days ago, we discovered that the water flow became very slow after a few hours of water usage. Since the tap was connected to the tank we suspected that a faulty ball valve wasn’t letting enough water flow into the tank. It has happened before so we went up to inspect the tank.

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The tank is located at the highest possible position on the house for obvious reasons (so you get water pressure in every room) so naturally it’s almost impossible to reach. Access is through a small window and we need to use a ladder propped on a table to reach it.

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The lid of the tank was almost impossible to open. Once opened, as expected, the ball valve was limiting the water flow. While trying to adjust it, the brittle arm broke. So a new valve was needed. Mark cleaning the tank while waiting for the replacement ball valve to arrive.

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Draining the sediments at the bottom. Teh O ais anyone?

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View from up there was great! Perfect for stargazing on clear nights.

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New ball valve, reused the old ball.

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Installing the new ball valve. Look how clean the tank is!

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Last look from above the tank before going down.