Spammers send a lot of email. Like millions of messages a day. You might be wondering how they manage to type and send a million messages without dying of carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s simple really, they use mail merge software that sends the same message to a lot of different addresses.
Occasionally the results can be entertaining.
Subject: howOnline Notification Unit. You are receiving this email message because you are an internet user. Your email address was picked as one of our online Winners in the second category. NO TICKET WAS SOLD for this draw, it is an e-promotion draw. To file for your prize claim do remember to quote the Following vital numbers: WINNING DETAILS: Reference #: TNL/90G3825H9/08B E-Ticket Number #:112-0745-810-264 Lucky Numbers #: 11-24-14-36-08 Serial Number #: 0152-12 AMOUNT WON: seven hundred and eighty nine thousand Great Britain Pounds sterling (£789,000.00 GBP) Contact the under listed assigned agent, via email or Telephone. Armstrong Wales Email: email@example.com Tel: +27 739 186 199 Yours truly, Group Co-ordinator Alright Reserved
Message: Notification Unit.
This is the same old lottery fraud that we see every day but with a twist, the subject is really verbose and the message body is only two words. What happened here?
Given that we haven’t been seeing this “tactic” repeated at all, the most likely scenario is that the spammer mixed up the fields in their mail merge and put the subject in the “body” field and the body in the “subject” field.
We also like that they copyrighted the message with “Alright Reserved”.
Hey, we’re easily entertained:)
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