ICS0018 Hands-on seminars

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The idea

The hands-on seminars are a pair task based on ScamLab materials. The goal is to learn about different scams in a safe(ish) but real environment. A little side quest is to waste scammers' time so that they can't use it on actual victims. A successful presentation will result in passing the course if the attendance criteria (6 out of 8 lectures and seminars) is met. To register a presentation, please pair up and register below, in your chosen time slot. There are limited presentation slots - first come, first served!

The Task

Step 1: Create a fake identity and honeypot email account for engaging with scammers. Other platforms are also welcome, as long as you are able to protect your identity.

Step 2: Distribute the email address on shady or spammy sites, such as social media, online forums, etc. Some tips can be found here https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-get-scam-emails

Step 3: Wait for the scams to start rolling in.

Step 4: Engage! First select if you're going to use a naïve or aggressive approach.

If you don't manage to get any scammers to directly email your newly created address, go look in your regular mailbox, in the spam folder, ask friends & family, etc. NB! Before replying to any of those "crowdsourced" scam emails from your fake account, be sure to delete the address it was originally sent to.

Some tips for safety:

  1. Never reveal your (or anyone else's) real personal information to the scammers. Make up something realistic.
  2. Never open any links in emails unless you're in a protected sandbox environment.
  3. NEVER give out any real financial information, account information, or passwords.
  4. Always use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). Even on your fake accounts.

Here's the grand prize: if you manage to engage with at least 3 scammers for an email chain of 5 messages or more (they respond to at least 2 of your letters in the same thread), and present your findings at one of the seminars, you pass the course. It's not as easy as it might first seem.

An alternative way to pass is to educate people in your social network, friends, family, coworkers, etc about scams, how to spot them, how to avoid them, what to do if you're already a victim.

The Seminars

The hands-on seminars will have the following schedule:

  • Wednesday, Feb 28 @ 08:15:
    1. Rivo Lipp - Marcus Pupart ✅
    2. Michal Šimeček, Chahinez Yousfi ✅
    3. Joel Seene, Alec Mercado ✅
    4. Martin Doležal, Gonçalo Tavares ✅
  • Wednesday, March 6 @ 08:15:
    1. Kovalenko Artem, Zakhar Kutianskyi ✅
    2. Eva-Marie Alasi ⚠, Natálie Baborová ✅
    3. Batu Durmazel, Akiha Kusumoto ✅
    4. Rennet Tamm, Maksym Khotin ✅
    5. Liga Skrauca, Matthias Tammekivi ✅
  • Wednesday, March 13 @ 08:15:
    1. Aleksei Popov, Daniil Fetissov ✅
    2. Marika Rand, Kent Toodu ✅
    3. Patrik Karolj, Vitali Burlakov ✅
    4. Jegor Poljakov, Arseni Tsõgankov ✅
    5. Vladislav Malyshev, Ilja Shishin ✅
  • Wednesday, March 20 @ 08:15:
    1. Batyr Akmyradov, Andreas Hurka ✅
    2. Marcus Bindevald, Kristian Erik Papp ✅
    3. Kiril Boiko, Dmytro Dundakov ✅
    4. Nazar Zhuhan, Vladyslav Davydenko ✅
    5. Radu Strelciuc, Aleksei Šiganov ✅

Additional seminars (will be filled last, if all others are full):

  • Thursday, March 14 @ 08:15:
    1. Evelina Boiko, Dominik Kuprenas ✅
    2. Karl Kadak, Oleksandr Portnov ✅
    3. Jan Erik Kriisk, Oleg Arusoo ✅
    4. Ali Emre Karatopuk, Yuto Kobayashi ✅
    5. Ksenija Okuneva, Daniil Kähri ✅
  • Thursday, March 21 @ 08:15:
    1. Kirill Ognjov, Nikita Zugunov ✅
    2. Ihor Bobulych, Artem Fedorchenko ✅
    3. Ilja Treiberg, Mariia Boiko ✅
    4. Ivan Ishchenko, Maksym Patoka ✅
    5. Joschua Moser ✅
  • Thursday, March 7 @ 08:15:
    1. Tommaso Dordoni, Mattias Timm Rast ✅
    2. Mehmet Efe Karadeniz, Oleksandr Lypnyk ✅
    3. Illia Shynkaruk, Vladislav Ignatjev ✅

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