March 7, 2014

Not suspicious at all

I'm amazed that phishing ever works. I just got the following, allegedly from Optimum Online. Uh-huh. 
You are highly expected to update your email account by clicking on the link below,as you are required to fill and submit the
form.


On failure to adhere to the given instruction your email account will be
blocked.

Optimum Online.
Optimum Support Team.
Cuz that's just how we talk here in America. Seriously, how does anyone fall for these poorly constructed scams? I love the way the words "form" and "blocked" are pushed to the following line by a nervous finger on the return key. Plus, the lack of a space after the first comma, and the addition of periods after both lines in the sign-off are just plain wrong. These folks can't think or type correctly, which is par for the course for phishing scammers. They never seem to get it right.

Here's an interesting question. Judging by the words and cadence of the email, what country do you think the scammers are from? I'd say Russia. The email has that officious, out-of-it tone that's so popular in Russia. I could be wrong, of course. What do you think? Russian?

2 comments:

Artichoke Annie said...

Probably Russian. It is funny the relative new world of email and texting, you can feel the cadence and the emotion something is write with.

I remember years ago having my first (maybe last as well) email with someone. The rapidity with which i wrote, the tossing in of a capped word here and there. All of the passion on a real in person argument.

And now today in the test/chat uverse; you see "you OK?" or are you "sad" and we can see even when people are really happy.

It a fun new world. But as people can be scammed on email so they can be scammed in person. We do need to listen, to the words and the cadence when eyes aren't available to look into.

Happy Friday!

writenow said...

Nice comment. And Happy Friday to you, too! (Friday is pizza day here, so it's quite festive. The kids are also home from school for the weekend. Yay!)