Time Travelling Spammers!

I like me some spammers.  I crack up at the tricks and tactics they use, and even more so at the fact people fall for it.

I use Gmail now - pretty much exclusively in fact - so spam is something I don't often get in my inbox.  My spam folder, however, is a whole different matter. If I want a chuckle, THAT'S where I go digging.

I get the usual stuff - increase your size, video of someone doing something, women looking for men JUST like me (clearly they've searched for "arrogant, egotistical, asshat with a god-complex"), as well as the various pharmacy drug offers of stuff that could be anything.  Oh, and squillions of offers of a share in a metric fuck-ton of money.

It's the ones that claim to be from my bank that I enjoy reading the most.  Now, for the most part, they claim to be "my bank" when in fact they are for every other bank except the bank I use. Often, there is an attachment to save an use which I suspect installs every kind of gribble known to man onto the computer, or there is a link to "enter all your personal details" which then runs off to the ACTUAL bank and uses your personal details to empty your account.

THESE sites I visit quite often, and if you work in a bank and have ever had a customer with the name of "Imnotthatstuid Youarroganthackertwats" then that's probably a hacker using the info I've submitted. And the address of "101 Youvegotnochance Street, the town of Upyoursville, in the county of Buggeryourselveswithglassanddie" is probably me too.

However, I got one today that shows me they are getting desperate...

from    Nationwide notice@REMOVED.co.uk
to     REMOVED
date    5 June 2011 22:48
subject    Your account was accesed by a third part
Dear Customer,

We detected irregular activity on your Nationwide Internet banking account on 06/06/2011.

For your protection, you must verify this activity before you can continue using your account.

Please download the document attached to this email to review your account activity.

We will review the activity on your account with you and upon verification, and we will remove any restrictions placed on your account.

If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choise but to temporaly suspend your account.

We ask that you allow at least 72 hours for the case to be investigated and we strongly recommend to verify (sic) your account in that time.

Best Regards,
Colette Nugent
Head of Customer Communications

I don't even know where to start... First, I've bolded all the typos, but best of all, it was sent on the 5th June, reporting "Irregular activity in my account" on the 6th June.  Not bad at all.  I bet all the banks would KILL for such technology!

Oh how I do love my spam folder!!

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One Response to “Time Travelling Spammers!”

Adullamite said...

Judging by the spelling I suggest that one came from the USA......