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With phishers this dumb, need we really worry?

By deepsand ·
Aside from the obvious spelling errors, the obvious fact that this was sent to multiple addresses, and the poorly hidden link re-direction, note that the alleged "problem" will not occur until next week!

This reminds me of a recent incident in which a would be thief locked himself into the trunk of the car that he was ransacking.


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Unfortunately we do.

by JamesRL In reply to With phishers this dumb, ...

I watched a recent TV expose of the "Nigerian" letter, and it was amazing how many thousands of educated people fell for it.

The thing with these paypal ones is that there are so many people doing the same thing, its pretty obvious. I must have received a thousand attempts, with about 12 variations, within the last six months. The ones for Banks that I have never done business with are worse.


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Agreed. Still, it struck me that, given the shear volume ...

by deepsand In reply to Unfortunately we do.

of PayPal scams from which to copy, the wide press coverage re. the common tell-tale signs of phishing, easy access to spell-checkers, etc., that even the rank amateur would have done a better job than this.

Clearly the originator was in such a hurry to hit as many targets as possible, in the least amount of time, that he gave little thought to measures that might have greatly increased his return with but a minimal extra effort.

This guy has all the makings of a marketer.

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sept email

by Dr Dij In reply to Agreed. Still, it struck ...

I have sept email for paypal only, which spammers don't have, makes it easy to spot the fakes.

To help them I immed fwd email to them either or, is on their website, and mention to not send me anti-phishing info as I didn't reply.

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Look at phishers' marks

by AcesKaraoke In reply to Agreed. Still, it struck ...

Rememeber out in our day-to-day world a great percentage are only marginally literate, most are horrible spellers, and very few have even the most rudimentary knowledge of how computers and the internet work. Mix these ingredients together with poorly protected computers, online banking and buying, and some at least marginally plausible phishing attempts and voila.....We've got real problems.

Most of the poor schmucks out there surfing the net have little idea of which addresses are "real" or forged to resemble the real McCoy. They probably don't know that they're being redirected at all when they click on a link. It's not their fault, it's just outside of their sphere of knowledge. Unfortunately, we sell people computers, encourage them to surf the web, buy things online, and to bank online, but they are never given even the most basic training in how to operate their computer in a safe manner and to lock it down from online predators.

Until we get better training for the masses, this kind of misfortune will perpetuate.

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Comic Relief

by tagmarkman In reply to Unfortunately we do.

I see these types of scams as technical comic relief. Sadly... waaaaay to many people fall for it. You can even fall for it by sheer accident.. I was sitting with an employee of mine who was showing me that their computer was locked... clicking around the screen... when the process that locked his system freed up.... it clicked right into a scam... We both bursted out in some freakish laugh... he still gets hammered with spam from that one.

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Random mouse clicks, etc. reminds me of favorite definition of insanity.

by deepsand In reply to Comic Relief

"Insanity is repeatedly trying the same action with the expectation of a different outcome."

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by FirstPeter In reply to Random mouse clicks, etc. ...

And the scary thing is that with my XP box I DO get different outcomes...

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I quess that means you're NOT insane!

by deepsand In reply to Insanity
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I don't know about that...

by Synthetic In reply to I quess that means you're ...

...firstpeter is using XP.

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Yes, but he's getting varied results!

by deepsand In reply to I don't know about that.. ...

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