Scammers low-balling intelligence estimates

| A new phishing season has definitely opened on the internet. In the past few days my inbox has filled up with an amazing array of obvious ploys to engage me in self-destructive computer behavior.

That's to be expected — the bad guys are absolutely convinced of the old saw to keep on trying "if at first you don't succeed..."

But what I really resent is the low regard they seem to have for my intelligence. Don't they know I have advanced degrees?

This just popped into my mailbox:

Dear user of the mailing service!

We are informing you that because of the security upgrade 
of the mailing service your mailbox ( 
settings were changed. In order to apply the new set of settings 
click on the following link: 

Best regards, Technical Support.

Hey, bozo! I'm technical support at!

Then there's this gem:

From: Microsoft Windows Agent [my-own-email]
Sent: Monday, October 19, 2009 10:09 AM
To: [my-own-email]
Subject: Conflicker.B Infection Alert

Dear Microsoft Customer,

Starting 18/10/2009 Conflicker worm began infecting Microsoft customers
unusually rapidly. Microsoft has been advised by your Internet provider that
your network is infected.

To counteract further spread we advise removing the infection using an
antispyware program. We are supplying all effected Windows Users with a free
system scan in order to clean any files infected by the virus.

Please install attached file to start the scan. The process takes under a
minute and will prevent your files from being compromised. We appreciate your
prompt cooperation.

Microsoft Windows Agent #2 (Hollis)
Microsoft Windows Computer Safety Division

The attachment is which contains, surprise! install.exe. Interestingly enough, when I scan this file it does not set off my anti-virus software. Either it's a complete hoax or it's so new the anti-virus people haven't figured out a signature for it.

Other goodies have tried to entice me using household names like Google Earth, Adobe PDF reader, Microsoft Outlook, etc.

Last updated on Apr 13, 2018



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