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.