I got a most interesting message in my inbox last night, which purported to be from my former boss over at Oracle, who is now over at another consulting firm here in the D.C. Metropolitan area, which I know because I stayed in touch with him.
I'll give the spammers this—To hack a person's Yahoo! account and use it for source material is definitely a novel concept. The only thing left to do would be to actually read their e-mails, and try not to write in a fashion that's so obviously not the victim. Obvious tip-offs in bold:
From: D.N. <[email protected]>
To: (me) <[email protected]>
Subject: ugrent help
Sorry that I have to trouble you in this way, I went to a business trip to London , I did not inform anyone because it was so urgent, so right now am in London , but I lost my brief case to thieves last night on my way to my hotel. I need your help right now, all my cards are in the case but I have reported to the police and have called the card companies to cancel the card.
In need 400pounds to settle all my bills in London , I will pay you back as soon as am back, sorry for the trouble once again. Please send the money by western union money transfer to
92 Ann Street ,
London , BT1 3AY
Email is the only way I can communicate with you as i don’t have money to call and I lost my cell phone to the thieves.
Don’t let anyone know about this.