Here’s a selection of messages from spammers who don’t even seem to be trying — no graphics, no attempt to make the links look legit, plain text. Are these spammers just lazy or do these things actually work? Bottom line: think before you click. Hover your mouse over URLs and see where they lead. And use anti-malware tools that will warn you about suspicious web sites. (I’ve removed or defanged the URLS.)
Sender: Jessica Taylor [email@example.com]
Subject: Re: firstname.lastname@example.org 2013 Update
Account ID: 90692780TG
Your credit score has reduced by 80 points at start of 2013.
You should check your score to make sure there’s no Identity Theft.
Get your score at No Cost HERE.
Credit Score Updates
Sender: Classmates.com [email@example.com]
Subject: Order N35085
You can download your Adobe CS4 License here –
We encourage you to explore its new and enhanced capabilities with these helpful tips, tutorials, and eSeminars.
Thank you for buying Adobe InDesign CS4 software.
Adobe Systems Incorporated
Sender: UN ATM OFFICE [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: Over-due ATM Card Payment****
Over-due ATM Card payment $515,510.00 USD by the UN Office, We will
send you an International Swift ATM Card that has been approved in your
favor with Card Number:8401236451206112,:Contact Mr. Oliver
Stephens:email@example.com with this details 1.Valid
Delivery Address. 2.Full Names.3. Phone Number. Note: that you will take
responsibility for cost of delivery $200USD.
Subject: Fwd: Re: Banking security update.
Dear Online Account Operator,
Your ACH transactions have been
Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org (also sent from email@example.com and Tagged@taggedmail.com)
Subject: RE: MITZI – Copies of Policies. (other names substituted for MITZI in other messages)
Unfortunately, I cannot obtain electronic copies of the Ocean, Warehouse or EPLI policy.
Here is the Package and Umbrella,
and a copy of the most recent schedule.
MITZI Newsome, (also sent by BRIGETTE KIRKLAND and JACKLYN PIERSON)
Sender: Support [BBECBF281@omnicoretech.com]
Subject: Order confirmation.
If you can’t read this message please click this link
Sender: Willie Crawford [Willie@Acumlator.co.us] (also Lazy Cash System [LazyCashSystem@65.com])
Subject: Executive Team (also 2012-10-21-New York Conference – Registration)
This page from Public Allies has been forwarded to you by Willie Crawford:
www (dot) dit (dot) mu/bks
If the text above does not appear as a full, clickable link, please copy the whole web address and paste it into the address box of your browser.
(another version said: “This page from Profectum Foundation has been forwarded to you by Lazy Cash System” — Lazy Cash System. Sign me up!)
Sender: Accounts support [firstname.lastname@example.org] (also sent by Support Center [email@example.com] and firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Access Code Ticket [#952] (and other ticket numbers)
Thank you for your letter of Nov 21, your request arrived.
Alright, here’s the link to your support ticket and help:
Proceed to information
If we can help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Account support team.
Sender: Contact [email@example.com] (also DAISEY_Roark@gmail.com, Katerine Elliot via LinkedIn [firstname.lastname@example.org])
Subject: Re: End of Aug. Statmeent required (also Re: Inter-company inv. from Safeco Corporation Corp.)
as reqeusted I give you inovices issued to you per oct. (Open with Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox)
(messages included attachments Invoices-14-2012.htm, Invoices-13-2012.htm, Invoices-12-2012.htm, etc. as well as Invoice_P350.htm)
An almost identical spam with Invoice_P350.htm claimed to come from Safeco:
Attached the intercompany invoice for the period July 2012 til Aug. 2012.(Internet Explorer file)
thanks a lot for support setting up this process.
Safeco Corporation Corp.
Subject: approved store
Link: Online Store
5% off code: w22c4
Comment: approved, A++
Sender: Administrator [email@example.com]
Subject: You have a new encrypted message from firstname.lastname@example.org
You have received an encrypted message from email@example.com. The sender intended for the message contents to be secured by using the Barracuda Email Encryption Service. You can retrieve the message from the Barracuda Networks Message Center.
The link to this secure message will expire in 24 hours. If you would like to save a copy of the email or attachment, please save from the opened encrypted email. If an attachment is included, you will be given the option to download a copy of the attachment to your computer.
To view your secure message, click here.
Subject: WARNING: Email could not be delivered – Maximum email size exceeded
The following email could not be delivered to you as it exceeded the maximum size limit:
Subject: 2011 tax return
To download or view the email content please use the following link – internal.rlweiner.com/download.aspx?id=P0UW50 (disguised link)
If you require further assistance visit IT Helpdesk
Sender: Update Tracker [70D92739@aproundtable.org]
Subject: Svetlana has just updated new her profile
Dear Member of our site.
Nastya has just updated new her profile. (Subject said it was Svetlana)
For looking through her new info and photos, please, follow the link
Subject: You have been sent a file (Filename: Robert-1421215.pdf)
Sendspace File Delivery Notification:
You’ve got a file called Robert-14281.pdf, (886.78 KB) waiting to be downloaded at sendspace.(It was sent by SLYVIA Sweeney).
You can use the following link to retrieve your file:
The file may be available for a limited time only.
sendspace – The best free file sharing service.
Please do not reply to this email. This auto-mailbox is not monitored and you will not receive a response.