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 PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:08 am   
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This is one of THE STUPIDEST spam messages I've ever received.

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Dear E-mail Account User,

We have temporarily limited all access to sensitive account features, in order to
restore your account access, you need to reply to this email immediately with your
E-mail account Username here: (___________) and password here: (___________)

Due to much junk/spam emails you receive daily, we are currently upgrading all email
accounts spam filter to limit all unsolicited emails for security reasons and to
upgrade our new and improved E-mail account features and enhancements, to ensure you
do not experience service interruption.

You must reply to this email immediately and enter both your user name and password
in the space provided to enable us upgrade your E-mail Account properly.

A confirmtion link will be send to you for the Re-Activation of your e-mail Account,
as soon as we received your response and you are to Click on the "Confirm E-mail"
link on your mail Account box and then enter this confirmation number:
1265-6778-8250-8393-5727

Your failure to provide your e-mail account login details will lead to a temporarly
disabled of your e-mail account or we will immediately deactivate your e-mail
account from our database.

Thanks For Your Understanding.

Technical Support Team


Who, exactly, would fall for this? Just utterly stupid.

SiL


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 PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:11 am   
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Check this genius:

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Diabolical logic in this one, obviously. Yes I'm sick of all the crap you keep sending me, but ohboy!! I can't wait to send you my money for fake drugs!!

Idiots!

SiL


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 PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:18 am   
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Nominate this sample to the Hall of Fame of Sheer Spammer Stupidity?


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 PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:28 pm   
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SiL wrote:
Who, exactly, would fall for this?


I can imagine a newbie online for the first time (most likely an older person) and already overwhelmed by this newfangled, high-tech computer stuff. IIRC, a spammer/scammer needs only two responses per one million spams to be successful.

That rate could be more than doubled by improving the spelling, grammar and context, but it probably wouldn't be worth the effort even if the s/s knew how.


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 PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:00 am   
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Who, exactly, would fall for this? Just utterly stupid.

An American friend of mine did, last week! I got a message from "him" one morning:
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Subject: Reply Soon !!!

How are you doing today? I am sorry i didn't inform you about my traveling to Africa for a program called "Empowering Youth to Fight Racism, HIV/AIDS, Poverty and Lack of Education, the program is taking place in three major countries in Africa which is Ghana , South Africa and Nigeria . It as been a very sad and bad moment for me, the present condition that i found myself is very hard for me to explain.

I am really stranded in Nigeria because I forgot my little bag in the Taxi where my money, passport, documents and other valuable things were kept on my way to the Hotel am staying, I am facing a hard time here because i have no money on me. I am owing an hotel bill of $1050 and they want me to pay the bill before checking out,Else they will have to seize my bag and hand me over to the Hotel Management

I need this help from you urgently to help me get back home, I need you to help me with the hotel bill and i will also need $1250 to feed and help myself back home so please can you help me with a sum of $2300 to sort out my problems here? I need this help so much and on time because i am in a terrible and tight situation here, I don't even have money to feed myself for a day which means i have been starving so please understand how urgent i need your help.

I am sending you this e-mail from the city Library and I only have 30 min, I will appreciate what so ever you can afford to send me for now and I promise to pay back your money as soon as i return home so please let me know on time so that i can forward you the details you need to transfer the money through Money Gram or Western Union.Hope to hear from you.

with regards
Edward

The same message went to practically everyone in his contacts list. I called him (at home, not in Nigeria), and he said that he had "difficulties" to login to his Hotmail account...

Do I think that he is extremely stupid? Yes, I do! But look... he's not alone... http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7908498.stm


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 PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 3:24 am   
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pwillener wrote:
Do I think that he is extremely stupid? Yes, I do! But look... he's not alone... http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7908498.stm


Meep posted about the Jack Straw incident here:

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2352

Hans :wink:


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 PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:44 am   
You are kiillllling-a my bizinisss!
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Uninformed, but I wouldn't say "stupid." Most people can understand that a bank or military installation needs strong passwords, but they don't realize that their own free email account has value to anyone else. And spam filtering keeps most people from even seeing these things show up in their inboxes, so they can't learn from their friends' sad experiences. It's up to us to get the word out.

Oh, and I learned from setting up those alternate announcement sites for when this forum is down that Hotmail/Live Spaces allows far fewer characters in its passwords than geocities and blogspot. They allow special characters, so it's still plenty to make your password impractical to crack, but it limits you ability to have a "pass phrase" that with some special characters included is easy to remember but hard to crack.


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 PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:31 pm   
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AlphaCentauri wrote:
Oh, and I learned from setting up those alternate announcement sites for when this forum is down that Hotmail/Live Spaces allows far fewer characters in its passwords than geocities and blogspot. They allow special characters, so it's still plenty to make your password impractical to crack, but it limits you ability to have a "pass phrase" that with some special characters included is easy to remember but hard to crack.


Have a look at this program: http://keepass.info/

It has a feature that helps prevent keylogger's from getting your passwords too.
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Q.) Is Auto-Type keylogger-safe?

A.) By default: no. The Auto-Type method in KeePass 2.x works the same as the one in 1.x and consequently is not keylogger-safe.

However, KeePass features an alternative method called Two-Channel Auto-Type Obfuscation (TCATO), which renders keyloggers completely useless. This is an opt-in feature (because it doesn't work with all windows) and must be enabled for entries manually.


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 PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:00 pm   
You are kiillllling-a my bizinisss!
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If I get a keylogger on my own computer, I've got big problems. But think of all those people checking their hotmail on insecure wireless networks in hotels. I don't know the nuts-and-bolts of when the password becomes an encrypted hash, but I've got to assume people parked outside those hotels are able to grab massive amounts of sensitive information.


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 PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:06 am   
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Oh boy...

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Subject: Biggest sale ever

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Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

[string]./upload/domains.txt[./string]

oiwjozrj

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Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

[string]./upload/domains.txt[./string]

oiwjozrj


Well played sir.

What an idiot.

SiL


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 PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:02 pm   
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Nice way to promote replica watches - NOT!

http://idiotswatches.cn/

Yep! Only idiots buy from here! LOL


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 PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:04 pm   
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idiotswatches.cn
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 PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:57 am   
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Unusually truthful, I'd say! :lol:

Hans


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 PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 3:58 am   
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This may solve the only real problem you have!
hxxp://extratiny.com/?said=gg23

What are they "thinking"...?


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 PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 4:25 pm   
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extratiny.com
:lol:


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