Posts Tagged ‘humor’

Introducing Your US Department of Justice and FBI Victim Notification System

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Here’s something we really don’t see every day….

We recently received an email claiming to be from the U.S Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS)

Subject:     US Department of Justice Victim Notification System
From:     Courtney Walker <fedemail@vns.usdoj.gov>
To:     Business Representative <address>

Our typical “common sense” check for email Phishing Fraud starts with the obvious:

  1. Overly serious/threatening Subject line…. check!
  2. Human sender doesn’t match email address…. check!
  3. Impersonal and generic salutation… check!

The email itself open with:

DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.

U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBI – New York
26 Federal Plaza, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10278
Phone:  (212) 384-2564
Fax:  (212) 384-4104

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Spam Wars – The Video Game

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Hey somebody made a video game of our job!

Okay so our job is really nothing like this. Especially the part about shooting spammers.

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Not Quite Spam

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Email marketing is cheap: production costs are nearly nonexistent; delivery is free; you can do reasonably accurate targeting with minimal effort; and you don’t need to own any equipment.

This is why there is so much spam.

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The Stars Have All Gone Out

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

This is just awful!

Subject: Madonna Died

Tiger Woods died along with 34 other people when the Air Force CT-43 “Bobcat” passenger plane carrying the group on a trip crashed into a mountainside while approaching the Dubrovnik airport in Croatia during heavy rain and poor visibility.

Please see attachment

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Protect Your Right To A Larger Penis

Friday, August 13th, 2010

This is and old one from The Onion but still funny. We bumped into it while doing some research the other day. Now we have to look for a new job. We didn’t realize we were hurting so many people by blocking spam.

“For millions of poorly hung American men, spam is a vital source of information about penis-enlargement options, and our elected officials have no right to take it away from them.”

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Spam How To – A Tongue In Cheek Guide To Spam

Friday, August 6th, 2010

As experts in spam control we have concluded that there’s a secret spammer’s manual out there that is followed, to varying degrees, by nearly all spammers. We thought it would be fun to try to reverse engineer this manual based on the types of things we see repeated in campaign after campaign.

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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 <westenunion11@live.com>

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

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Old Fashioned Advice For Avoiding Spam Email

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

If you really want to avoid unwanted email you should use OnlyMyEmail. We block over 99% without critical false positives.If you don’t respect your online identity, nobody else will and before long your in-box will rot and fall off. At least that’s what our mother told us. She also told us to eat our vegetables that we’d go blind if we forwarded email to ourselves.

We usually take what Mom says with a grain of salt.

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AT&T Universal Card – Phishing Invitation

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

“The security of your account is important to us” says the subject of an email message sent to one of our customers by AT&T|Universal Card.

It came to our attention because it’s so fiendishly difficult to determine whether or not it’s a phishing attempt.

Subject: The security of your account is important to us
From: AT&T Universal Card <universalcard@info4.citibank.com>

Rather than bore you with the details of how we decided this message was legitimate we thought we’d apply some of the suggestions found on the Anti-Phishing Council’s Phishing Page and see if we should trust this email.

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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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