Some phishing attempts are better – more honorable – than others. They might be HTML, for instance, and carefully mimic the look of an actual email from the particular bank or business they’re spoofing. They are evil, no question – but at least they have the respect to make a decent effort to hoodwink you.
There’s something especially insulting and infuriating about the much more common spam we get – the unconvincing spam: plain text, ugly formatting, misspelled words, terrible writing, apparent lack of familiarity with the language they’re written in – in short, embarrassingly poor execution.
Sometimes I’m so offended by their apparent lack of respect and effort that I’m nearly tempted to reply. Nearly, but not quite.
Here’s one I just got…
First of all, it’s simply from “Support.” Then the subject line is misspelled and has a dash that leads nowhere – a dash in-between nothing…
Subject: Messge from eBay –
Inside, I find one block of pathetic plain text that says…
Dear eBay Member,
This is your official notification from eBay. Your online has expired.
If you want to continue using our service you have to renew your online.
If not, your online will be limited and deleted.
To confirm your Account records click on the following link:
The link, of course, is scary-looking with the word “ebay” sprinkled through it three times – but not in the one place you want to see it. And then it is signed…
Scott R. Shipman, CIPP Senior Counsel, Global Privacy Practices eBay Inc.
My online has expired??!! My online will be limited and deleted??!!
“Scott R. Shipman,” you dishonor me with your pitiful lack of effort. You call that a lure? You are a poor excuse for a phisherman. essay help online