Since Adobe seems to update Acrobat weekly, this message seems plausible. Some quick indicators that it isn’t real:
- I get updates through the installed Adobe Updater, not as email messages.
- The update site is instant-acrobat-upgrade.com, not adobe.com.
- The sender’s address is @newsletter.northerntool.com
- No company logo in the message (easy to fake, but many spammers don’t bother).
- It lists an Adobe office in Canada, whereas the company is based in California.
- I got two copies. Not a deal-breaker by itself, but another red flag.
I also looked at the domain registration for instant-acrobat-upgrade.com and it’s registered to someone in Oslo (actually, Oslo,Oslo,AF 0951) with a Yahoo email address. So I’m assuming this is malware. McAfee’s site advisor says it’s queued for evaluation.
Sender: Adobe Acrobat Reader (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Upgrade to Latest PDF Reader for Windows
INTRODUCING UPGRADED ADOBE ACROBAT READER 2012
Since the Holidays are in full swing and the New Year is approaching, we’ve decided to unveil our Acrobat Reader/Writer 2012.
Advanced features include:
– Collaborate across borders
– Create rich, polished PDF files from any application that prints
– Ensure visual fidelity
– Encrypt and share PDF files more securely
– Use the standard for document archival and exchange
To upgrade and enhance your work productivity today, go to:
Our whole team has been working hard to satisfy your product needs.
This has been a great year for PDF Reader/Writer and it’s all because of You.
We hope to see you in the New Year
Copyright 2012 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.
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