Spam message of the day: “Dear Account User”

Some spammers are sophisticated, clever, even witty in their efforts to extract personal information from the millions and millions trough the practice of phishing. Phishing is the “criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”

In other words – “Hey man, I’m your bank! You know, the place where you put all your monies. Everything’s fine/Everything’s horrible and we need you to send us to verify your account number/social security number/drivers license number/password so we can steal all your stuff – er – we mean so we can keep you SAFE! Okay?” Most times they include realistic graphics and have made an effort to appear to be real. They’ll send a million spam messages pretending to be Bank of America in hopes a percentage of recipients are actual BoA customers, and that a percentage of them cough up some personal info.

In contrast today, our spam filters grabbed a spam message that seemed not to be trying all that hard, and it is pasted below.

Dear Account User,

This message is from the helpdesk support center. Be informed that your mail box has exceeded the storage limit set by your administrator/database, you are currently running out of context and you may not be able to send or receive some new mail until you re-validate your mailbox.

To prevent your email account from been closed, re-validate your mailbox below to enable us increase the storage limit:

User Name:
User Email:
Email Password:
Your Webpage Login:

Your account shall remain active after you have successfully confirmed your account details.Thank you for your swift response to this notification we apologize for any inconvenience.

Imagine that’s a phone call your webmaster receives at the office.

Spammer: “Hi, this is the helpdesk. We need your login information to the corporate internet web site.”

Webmaster: “Um, the helpdesk? What helpdesk?”

Spammer: “You know. Us. THE helpdesk. We are not fake at all. Password please.”

Click…dial tone…

What’s your favorite spam message? Have you ever fallen prey to a spammer?