Sometimes I think I could go all the way to “Ridiculous Spam Friday, Part Infinity” and never run out of examples.
Here’s a pretty standard advance fee fraud message:
From: Jiang Jianmin <Jiang.Jianmin@ctcb.cn>
Date: Saturday, May 01, 2010 2:02 AM
Subject: Very Important*
I have a secured business proposal of $28,272,000.00.Contact me via my private
Mr Jiang Jianmin.
I’ve noticed the “business proposal” scam messages never go into much detail. It’s a different approach than the lottery, inheritance or soldier versions, who often practically write you a novel.
From: Twitter Support <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Monday, April 26, 2010 2:20 PM
To: [correct address]
Subject: Twit 32-37
You have 2 information message(s)
The Twitter Team
Please do not reply to this message; it was sent from an unmonitored email address. This message is a service email related to your use of Twitter. For general inquiries or to request support with your Twitter account, please visit us at Twitter Support.
This one was sneaky. It looked exactly like a message that might come from Twitter. The link on “Twitter Support” even took you to the real page. However, the link for the “information message(s)” was disguised—it led to a website in Croatia (.hr). Eastern Europe is a hotbed of this type of stuff these days.
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Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 11:07 PM
To: [correct address]
Subject: Take Our TV Survey. Get a $250 Card.
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I don’t know if this is a scam, a setup for drive-by downloads, or just some really bad advertising. And I don’t care, because it’s complete garbage.
When you get a message like this, the only action to take is to delete it. You don’t even want to use that link to remove yourself from their list, because these people don’t need to know that your address works.