Phishing spam

Got some more phishing spam this week at work.  This time it was supposedly from ACCOUNT CENTER and had the subject UPGRAD YOUR ACCOUNT.

Nice use of British English there.

Here’s what it said:

Dear Email Account Owner,

Wow! A personalised email, then!

This message is from educational messaging center to all our email account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center.

We are deleting all our  email accounts to create more space for new accounts.

Wait, wait, wait!

First of all, I love the name of the administrational unit: “educational messaging center”, and with American spelling of centre too … and not a capital letter in sight.

Their reasoning for asking you to send them your username and password (which is the next bit) is terrific: “we are deleting all our email accounts to create more space for new accounts.”

That doesn’t even make business sense!  It’s like a bank saying: “we are clearing out all the money in the bank in order to create more space for new money.”

It finishes off by saying:

Thank you for using st-andrews.ac.ukk!
Warning Code: VX2G99AAJ

I looked up that warning code, it stands for: “This e-mail was sent by phishing, scamming scum”.  Good to know.

NOTE: This message is authorize by the st-andrews.ac.uk email account protector unit.Notification message will be send back to you after verifying your account before account could be reset. All right reserve.

Wow! I wish we had an “email account protector unit”, that sounds like a cool place to work. I imagine that they dress up in armour and have a big round table with a hole cut out of the centre in which they place the e-mail server.

Do not reply

SERIOUSLY, if you ever get an e-mail anything like this: DO NOT REPLY.

Instead, if you have any doubt about its authenticity then just forward the e-mail to me, along with your username and password, date of birth, address and …

Only joking, I don’t want to see your spam, I get enough of it myself!

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