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Re: Schtupid Email Scams

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:21 pm
by Atomic
"If you want to watch Tiffany and Coco get their freak on, please update your Codec so you can enjoy them in 4K SupraColorVision(tm)!"

And the link goes to some Argentinian website with XML cross-scripts to Belize and Kazakhstan. Yeah, I'll get right on that one....

Re: Schtupid Email Scams

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:07 pm
by lake_wrangler
The one thing I found odd, was that they combined shooting in the dark suppositions (like assuming the recipient visits porn sites, and "pleasures" himself while doing so, which may indeed be the case with many, so many may find the email intimidating and worrisome) with supposedly specific stuff, like this is your email - well duh, you just sent me an email, so of course you know my email address, and this is your password (um, no. Never used that word, never used actual words for passwords), which then kinda ruins their "credibility"... I mean, if they got that password thing wrong, maybe, just maybe, they got the rest wrong too, and they never did infiltrate my pc...

In wanting to impress, they went too far and shot themselves in the foot.

Re: Schtupid Email Scams

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:42 pm
by Dave
lake_wrangler wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:07 pm
In wanting to impress, they went too far and shot themselves in the foot.
They don't have to impress or convince everyone that they spam.

If they manage to convince (or panic) even 1 in 1000 of the people whose email addresses they have harvested (and pretend to have hacked) they can probably make enough Bitcoin to pay for the address lists and software tools they purchased, and make a profit.

It's like the now-common scamming technique around here... robo-calls which claim to be the IRS about to file suit against you, or the Chinese embassy calling to say that you are (or a relative is) about to be deported. They're shotgun scams, blasted out at every possible target, hoping to hit just one vulnerable victim often enough to be profitable.

As is so often the case, it's the naive who end up being taken.

Re: Schtupid Email Scams

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:11 pm
by Warrl
Dave wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:42 pm
If they manage to convince (or panic) even 1 in 1000 of the people whose email addresses they have harvested (and pretend to have hacked) they can probably make enough Bitcoin to pay for the address lists and software tools they purchased, and make a profit.
...
As is so often the case, it's the naive who end up being taken.
It's why the things are so often laden with grammar and spelling errors, and what you would think are obvious absurdities: to screen out people smart enough to question whether the IRS would really send you a letter written in Engrish...

Re: Schtupid Email Scams

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:05 am
by lake_wrangler
Warrl wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:11 pm
It's why the things are so often laden with grammar and spelling errors, and what you would think are obvious absurdities: to screen out people smart enough to question whether the IRS would really send you a letter written in Engrish...
I have to admit, I had never thought about that angle... That actually makes sense, now that I think about it.

Re: Schtupid Email Scams

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:51 am
by Typeminer
lake_wrangler wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:05 am
Warrl wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:11 pm
It's why the things are so often laden with grammar and spelling errors, and what you would think are obvious absurdities: to screen out people smart enough to question whether the IRS would really send you a letter written in Engrish...
I have to admit, I had never thought about that angle... That actually makes sense, now that I think about it.
My dad thought that Chinese restaurant menus are written like that on purpose, as branding schtick.

I have more faith in the incompetence of keyboarders and print jobbers, but it does make some sense. :mrgreen:

Re: Schtupid Email Scams

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:38 pm
by Atomic
I really like the ones that demand you pay using Blockbuster gift cards!

Must be an old script....