Spam – Sheesh, Are They Kidding?
I get spam every now and then. I used to get a lot but we have a really good spam filter (Barracuda, by the way). But I’ve been receiving spam since I signed up for email back in the early 90’s. I’m so familiar with the social engineering tricks that the “spammers” use that I can smell a spam message the instant I view it (many times I only have to see the title). They’re pretty clever, but not real clever.
This spam message I just had to blog about. Why? Because it cracked me up. OK, here’s a screenshot of the email:
Oh yeah, they had me fooled up until I realized that I didn’t book a flight (sure they did). I started to crack up, since the dominant airline in my area is Delta, and I haven’t flown since last Fall and I have not plans to fly any time soon. Anyway, I was curious, how this was setup, so what I normally do is hover my cursor over the “download it” link. That’s obviously, where they’re going to execute a Trojan horse and make my life miserable (so I’m not going to click on it). Here’s what I got:
One other thing I did to see why this got past the spam filter, is check the return address. It was from ticketlesstravel.com. Which happens to go to a web hosting company, but no site. That’s a dead-giveaway. They could have at least bought a fake site or linked it back to a real site. Maybe, I shouldn’t give pointers here…