Do people actually fall for this stuff?
Here’s an actual email I found in my spam folder today:
From: FAX <email@example.com>
To: administrator, ebay, helpdesk, me, pp6stxghz0e3qvb, scans, uysr8ns6erq7vly
Sent: Fri, July 31, 2014 at 8:35 AM
Subject: You have received a new fax message
You have received fax from EPS19447572 at billysuratt.com
Scan date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:35:05 +0700
Number of page(s): 5
Resolution: 400×400 DPI
Download file at google disk drive service – dropbox.
File is scanned image in PDF format.
Adobe(A) Reader(R) can be downloaded from the following URL: https://www.adobe.com/
Dropbox is not now and has never been a Google service.
“Adobe(A) Reader(R) can be downloaded from the following URL?”
Pretty sure they meant “Adobe® Reader®.” (If you can figure out how to send spam, you should be able to figure out how to insert a registered trademark symbol into text.)
Perhaps the dumbest thing about this spam message, however, is the sender used Google’s Goo.gl URL shortener for its target link. I disabled the link for this post, but trying to visit the spammer’s shortened URL less than eight hours after the message was originally sent returned this error message: “Clicking this goo.gl shortlink has been disabled. It was found to be violating our Terms of Service.”
Google don’t play when it comes to spammers using its services, as I guess this one found out. (Gotta love stupid criminals.)
What’s the dumbest spam message you’ve ever received?