Being in IT, you would see a lot of stupid things throughout your career... or even every day. Today is no exception.

There seems to be a new trojan-laced spam email circulating lately (just starting to see it here today). Here is what it says (obvious items removed for obvious reasons):

Dear Customer,

This e-mail was send by [company name removed] to notify you that we have temporanly prevented access to your account.

We have reasons to beleive that your account may have been accessed by someone else.

Please click on the following link (or copy & paste it into your web browser):

http://[domain name removed]/instructions.exe

(C) [company name removed]

The subject was this:

[username removed]@[company name removed].com account notification

Yes, that's it. Now let's break this down...

The subject... don't you think if your own IT organization was contacting you, your actual name would be in there? Or not even your name at all? Why the email address? Not a biggie, but should at least garner a second look.

The body of the message... wow... where to start. How about with the beginning. "Dear customer" ... wow, real personal there. Top tip: If you get an already odd email that doesn't even have your name in it, be suspicious. Worth noting though that just because your name is in an email does NOT mean it is all OK. You have to put these things together and add up the points of shadiness.

"This email was send by" ... was send by? WAS SEND BY? OK... simple typo, moving on. "Reasons to beleive" ... OK, another typo. "We have temporanly prevented" ... wait, what? Come on... if an IT organization anywhere is going to contact you about something, it will likely be with proper spelling or grammar.

And the URL... wow. I know I removed part of it but it was actually some site in Poland (ended in .pl instead of .com). And I'm going to be blunt with this next part... if the "instructions.exe" does not throw up a huge red flag for you to at least second guess the email... YOU ARE A TOTAL FUCKING RETARD. Take your hands off the keyboard, let go of the mouse... and step away from the computer. You fail.

See a big point in all of this is that all of these little mistakes, hints, quirks, issues, problems... they should all add up to a HUGE RED FLAG saying DELETE! DELETE! One thing by itself should only cause you to reread and think "hmm, that's weird" ... but when you this many glaring things that are all suspect, you really need to stop what you're doing and evaluate the situation.

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  • Dean T.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I laughed so hard at this, sadly because it’s so accurate. People will click on anything without a second thought and then be shocked when there are negative repercussions. I once worked with someone on a helpdesk who said the funniest and most relevant thing about this, and I tweeted it and then favorited my own tweet so I’d never forget. lol It doesn’t get much better than this:

    “Nobody pays attention on the internet. They just click on the ‘get a free laptop’ link from“.