I received this week a true gem of a phishing e-mail. I have to admit however that I was a bit disappointed in its transparency.
Usually the notion of the Confidence Man of the past involves lavishing praise on his mark. Since the 1990s when a flim-flam attempted to scam a person they often provide respect by extending the courtesies of a learned barrister representing wealthy Nigerian politicians or royalty. But it seems cynicism finally overcame this fraud and it consumed him.
But then again, this onerous email might act as a filter to winnow out the intelligent from the truly gullible who are more easily victimized.
My mail client shunted the scam email into the Spam folder and thus cut out the image. The americanknucklehead.com URL at the top of the message body was for the BECU Logo (Boeing Employees Credit Union). A false-link went to a password grabbing page in a terribly constructed attempt to appear as the credit union’s official site. (as viewed through a sandboxed browser)
Pathetic, but at least it was worth a laugh or two.
By Darren Smith
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