I get spam. You get spam. Everyone gets spam.
And occasionally, just occasionally, that spam makes you laugh.
Here’s an e-mail I just received from firstname.lastname@example.org (feel free to send them spam).
A DGTFX virus has been detected in your folders. Your email
account has to be upgraded to our new Secured DGTFX anti-virus
2009 version to prevent damages to our webmail log and your
important files. Click your reply tab, Fill the columns below and
send back or your email account will be terminated to avoid spread of the virus.
www.canterbury.ac.nz Director of Web Technical Team.
Note that your password will be encrypted with 1024-bit RSA keys for your password safety
Now, just quickly, if you’re reading this and thinking “Ah yes well I can see how some people would fall for that and reply with their name and password. Understandable.” then please, please, please stop reading my blog. Stop it. Have you left? Ok great, let’s continue.
The guy that wrote this spam e-mail is a muppet.
First off, he put his name as “webmail.canterbury.ac.nz” and yet his e-mail is clearly obvious as being from “email@example.com” (in the original e-mail – haven’t copied that bit in the above). So the Canterbury Uni webmail is run on gmail is it? I think not.
Secondly, he’s made up a virus name. I mean come on, there’s plenty of viruses out there. You could have chosen any name from millions of viruses and yet you make one up. Google “DGTFX virus” and you’ll immediately get a thousand blog posts around the world (like this one) rubbishing this guy’s scam.
Thirdly, he’s signed the e-mail “www.canterbury.ac.nz Director of Web Technical Team.” Tell me, Mr. www.canterbury.ac.nz, do you find that your name causes a lot of confusion when filling in forms?
Fourthly, well there is no fourthly. I don’t need one. This is the worst spam campaign I’ve seen since someone sent me an e-mail that said if I forward the e-mail to 10 people, Bill Gates will personally give me an iPod. Bill Gates = Microsoft. iPod = Apple. And that’s just one example of why those e-mails are ridiculous.
Incidentally, I did respond to my Director of Web Technical Team friend. I made up an account at gmail called “firstname.lastname@example.org” and filled in his wee form: