Phishers: It's like they're not even trying any more...

Mar 28 2008 Published by under ... the Hell?

I get so many `phishing' emails that I used to not bother even looking at them, but some of them are such comedy gold that I'm starting to enjoy the bizarre tales that they tell (like, for instance, the one that begged me to help out some poor Christian lepers).  The most recent one (which arrived in a batch of four identical messages) is so ridiculously generic that I had to post it.  Phisher after the fold:

UP DATE YOUR  EMAIL NOW .

Dear University Email Owner,

This message is from University Communication  messaging center to all
University email
Email owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and
e-mail  center. We are deleting all unused university email
to create more space for new one.

To prevent your account from closing you will have to update it
below so that we will know that it's a present used account.

CONFIRM YOUR EMAIL BELOW
Email Username : .......... .....
EMAIL Password : ................
Date of Birth : .................
Country or Territory : ..........

Warning!!! Email owner that refuses to update his or her
Email,within Seven days of receiving this warning will lose his or her
Email permanently.

Thanks,
University Team
NCC. BETA

Yes, I've received a generic 'university' team email.  The phishers haven't even bothered to fill in the name of the university I work at! This reminds me of an old Simpsons episode, where the kids spend the summer at Kamp Krusty.  They're treated to a personalized welcome video from Krusty himself, but every time Krusty should be saying the name of the camp principal, his voice is crudely overdubbed with the principal saying his own name, "Mr. Black".  This phishing message seems to be in the same category of skill.  I also like the stilted English used in the message.

This could be a golden opportunity for the university, though: if they find an employee who falls for this scam, they should fire them immediately!  We don't need people that dim wandering around...

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2 responses so far

  • Like the email spam I shared with you yesterday. The title of the email was "Why You Are Fat". That alone made me want to open it! I know why I'm fat, I certainly don't need some email spammer reminding me!

  • Uncle Al says:

    You just fired the Liberal Arts Department, the Fine Arts Department, the Administration building, the Board of Trustees, campus police... That pretty much leaves Grounds Maintenance, the custodial staff, a few secretaries, undergrads downloading GB/day each of porn, bad music, and hackneyed videos... and folks in lab coats financing the university with grant funding overhead fees. How smart are they?