Spammers’ Showcase, #9: Ukraine Edition

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I called it when the crisis in Ukraine started, and sad to say, it’s become a thing. The Pennsylvania Attorney General shares tips on ways to avoid Ukraine donation scams. In New Jersey, there have been reports of scammers pretending to be displaced Ukrainian nationals.

If you’re new here, the Spammers’ Showcase is where I take screenshots of the lame spam comments and emails I get, and I roast ’em for your entertainment. As much as I hate to admit this, I’ve already gotten spam regarding the crisis in Ukraine.

Since we’re long overdue for another installment of the Spammers’ Showcase, I’ve decided to make today’s post solely about the Ukraine spam I’ve gotten. It’s only two messages, but I’m afraid this is only the beginning.

First up, we’ve got this thing o’beauty.

A screenshot of a spam email that reads "The Mission Within Help the Ukrainians. From The Mission Within <> on 2022-03-07 10:06 Details From: Elenaheaps <> Subject: Help the Ukrainians Message Body: Help the Ukrainians leave the war zone - -- Sent from a contact form on The Mission Within ("
Shame on you, “Elena.”















Thanks so much for your efforts in helping the citizens and nationals of Ukraine during these terrible times. I know there are a ton of people in Russia who oppose and condemn their country leadership’s actions, and I’m stoked to see you’re one of ’em.

Yeah fuckin’ right. Using the crisis in Ukraine to scam and spam people is despicable on so many levels.

Text reads “Help the Ukrainians leave the war zone – https : // no-war. site /” After running this link through a link checker, it came back as either being unavailable in the U.S., or the site was down. Since this email originated from the Russian Federation, specifically Leningradskaya Oblast, Kingisepp.

I would like to take this moment to state that this is in no way a statement against the citizens of Russia who opposed the actions of their government, and that they’re victims in this too.

Switching gears to our second scam and spam email about Ukraine (so far, anyway), I present you with this. I got it earlier today, and I was at a loss for words. Let’s dive in.

A screenshot of a spam email related to the crisis in Ukraine. Text reads: ***SPAM*** Please Help Ukraine! Contact photo From UkrainAid <noreply@ukrainaid.ukraine> on 2022-03-10 12:05 Details Plain text To protect your privacy remote resources have been blocked. Ukrainian Urgent Appeal Please Help Us! We are a group of academic Ukranian people around Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine's vice prime minister and the country's minister of digital transformation. Our aim is to help the Ukrainian people through this war, we are in contact with our people in entire Ukraine. The Ukranian people are under the threat of the Russian army, we need your help or we will die before this month is over. There are two ways how you can help the Ukranian people, the most important one is financially"



Second part of a spam and scam email related to the crisis in Ukraine. Text picks up where the previous screenshot left off, reading "supporting us. You can also help us by forwarding this email to everybody you know. We are happy with all the help we receive, please let us know we are not alone! We need your support for food, drinks, medicine, shelter, transport etcetera for our people urgently. Your support will benefit the Ukrainian people in these dark times directly and completely, from one human being to the other. You can save lives in Ukraine from wherever you are in the world right now by financially supporting us by sending us any amount in Bitcoin. We choose Bitcoin because we are afraid the banks will shut down in Ukraine, but Bitcoin will always be available. Also with thanks to our Starlink satellite internet system provided by Elon Musk. Please act now and send your help! Our Bitcoin address is 1sDowZQCaAP9Lvb7m9EjvmGBXyvnXvZxu, thank you!

The third and last part of a spam and scam email related to the crisis in Ukraine, with text that reads "If you're new to Bitcoins please read this: you can obtain Bitcoins by buying them, for instance with your credit card. The easiest way to do this is from a wallet named Atomic Wallet. You can download it for free here: After receiving the amount in Bitcoins in your wallet you can transfer it to our address 1sDowZQCaAP9Lvb7m9EjvmGBXyvnXvZxu so we can help the people here who are hit hard by this unfair war. You can also earn Bitcoins by letting your pc generate them in a process named mining. There are many sites with information about Bitcoin mining, we think the main one is so please check them out. Many thanks in advance! Long live Ukraine, long live our supporters! Ukranian Urgent Appeal."
There are no words for this.








































Check this out, we’ve got a group calling itself “UkrainAid,” complete with a top domain name of “.ukraine.”

Totally not sus, gaiz!

Let’s read on, shall we?

Ok, this is a group related to Mykhailo Federov. We need specifics, not just a super-vague name drop. How else are we gonna know you’re legit? Do tell us the “two ways how you can help the Ukranian people.” The first one is “financially supporting us.”

But wait a sec. Didn’t you just say “the Ukranian people?” implying that you’re not one? And before that, didn’t you say “The Ukranian people are under the threat of the Russian army, we need your help.”

Pick a story and stick to it, bud.

I’ll just bet you’re “happy with all the help we receive.” I’m doubting any money you suck in from whoever takes your bait will ever go to the citizens and nationals of Ukraine. Amirite or amirite?

Lookie here, you even included directions on how to donate to Ukraine, involving flippin’ Bitcoin. Of course you got a story for everything, with the whole bit about the banks in Ukraine shutting down. I’m guessing their banks have online options just like any other country’s banks do.

With the reference to the internet from Elon Musk you shoehorned in this train wreck of a scam email, I’m seriously hoping that won’t be an issue.

Go pound sand, you lame jerk fuck. And quit preying on law-abiding citizens looking to help others from a country at war while you’re at it.

According to the email lookup, this message’s original location was Seattle, WA. However, it came from Emerald Onion, part of the Tor router network, a popular way to access the dark web. Basically, there’s no telling where the sender’s actually located. “UkrainAid” isn’t even a real charity. Email address is also fake on this one.

Tor is a legitimate browser with many valid uses, like if you live in an area where state- and/or federally-sanctioned censorship is a thing. Unfortunately, Tor’s gotten a bad rap in recent news reports about a certain someone whose initials are similar to that of Juris Doctor, and Job Description, who chose to use it to engage in illegal activities involving minors.

In any case, I’ve reported the Bitcoin wallet cited in the email to Atomic Wallet. First of all, I need to make it clear that Atomic Wallet is a legitimate cryptocurrency service. A scammer is using their services to engage in lawbreaking ways, and they deserve to know about it.

I’m currently waiting to hear back from their customer service team, and will update this accordingly.

Over to you, readers. Have you gotten spam emails looking to capitalize on what’s happening in Ukraine? If not, I hope it stays that way.

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