The Lighter Side

We are Not of Such Dirty and Illegal Characters

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Every so often we get the privilege of reading a laugh out loud funny fraud attempt.

Submitted for your enjoyment:

Subject: We are Not of Such Dirty and Illegal Characters

From: Western Union <>

The subject alone is pretty funny but wait until you ready the message body.

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The CIA Wants You

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

cia sealWe don’t even know where to begin with this one:

Subject: Central Intelligence Agency

From: Central Inteligency Agency

To: undisclosed recipients: ;

The Central Inteligency Agency. Really?

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What Bank of America Doesn’t Want You To Know

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Apparently Bank of America doesn’t want the public to know specific details about all of the various Phishing campaigns that are active on the Internet and that target Bank of America customers.

In a real “BP-ish” management response….  within 24 hours of our last posting Bank Of America Alert: Your Account Has Been Locked – Phish we received a suggestively threatening email from them, which was ALSO sent to one of our collocation providers, and additionally to our Domains by Proxy administrator address, that says, in part:

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High Quality Spam

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Looked at as art, most spam is the email equivalent of a two year old scribbling with a crayon. Every once in a while, though, we see something outstanding. In this post we’re going to give a shout out to a spammer who obviously cares about their work.

We grabbed a few examples of this campaign and most of them have fairly innocuous subjects that might be likely to get you to open the message like:

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Sympathy From The Devil

Friday, May 7th, 2010

The image of Charlie Brown flying through the air after attempting to kick a football and having it snatched away by Lucy has become something of a cultural icon.  To some extent we feel sympathy for Charlie but at the same time we have to wonder why he keeps falling for it.

Time after time Lucy promises to hold the ball and every time Charlie Brown ends up on his back after she tricks him.

Today we’re going to look at the email fraud equivalent of Lucy holding the football.

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Remove Me

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Today’s “Lighter Side” post is about what happens when you “unsubscribe” from spam.  Rather than providing opt-out links for your convenience, spammers have an ulterior motive for providing what appears to be a legitimate “removal” option that has nothing to do with the CAN-SPAM Act.

You should be really careful about unsubscribe attempts.

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Beware of Granny

Friday, April 9th, 2010

granny wolfWe couldn’t decide whether to put this in Email Fraud or The Lighter Side. The Lighter Side won out because it’s so funny in a pathetic sort of way.

A 78 year old Florida “granny” has been arrested for scamming over one million dollars out of her friends and pastor. Her crime spree began around five years ago after  she was bilked out of over ten thousand dollars by a Nigerian lottery fraud scam.

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Get Your 419 Degree

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Education is not an option, it’s an obligation to you and yours. Now you too can earn an advanced degree in the art of email fraud. Read on to learn more about how you can begin an exciting career as a 419 spammer.

We have often wondered where a professional 419 spammer would learn their craft and now, thanks to our diligent research, the answer has been found:

They attend The University of Nigeria of course. It’s so obvious we don’t know how we could have missed it.

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419 Infomercial

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Because we deal with fraudulent email day in and day out we have become callous and jaded and no longer have any sympathy for the plight of 419 scammer. But what if we looked at it from a different point of view . . . more »

This is just WRONG!

Friday, March 19th, 2010

While looking for interesting tidbits for our Lighter Side post this week we ran across the video below. We’re sure that all of the parties involved are nice people and that they mean well, however, the cumulative result is a bit hard to swallow. It would be really funny if it wasn’t so wrong.

These guys decided that they’d take their entire Christmas gift budget for employees and clients and give it to one person as a means of creating a viral email and YouTube marketing video/campaign.

Unfortunately, the way they went about it goes against everything we veterans of the spam wars stand for.

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