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Lame spam of the day: USPS Delivery Confirmation

Robert Weiner

Like the American Airlines spam , this one didn't bother to include any graphics to make it look official. Scam Spam scamFurther, it shows plainly that the link goes to www.usps.com.ww062.com (note that the domain is ww062.com). Some scammers are just lazy. Sender: auto-notify@usps.com. Subject: Delivery Confirmation. Weight: 1.1

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Lame spams of the day: Fake Amazon and PayPal receipts

Robert Weiner

These aren't as lame-looking as most of the spam I write about: they use the right logos, fonts, and typefaces. Is this built into the tool?

Lame spam of the day: America Airlines ticket order

Robert Weiner

Scam Spam scamThis one caught my eye for a second. thought, "I don't remember booking anything with American lately." The lazy spammer didn't even bother to include any graphics to make it look official. Sender: American Airlines (information-no77537@aa.com). Subject: Your Order##91991988. Text: Dear Customer, FLIGHT NUMBER 984.

Lame spams of the day: Your AT&T bill

Robert Weiner

But eventually they figured out how to use their spamming software: Your online bill is ready to be viewed. I see the occasional fake AT&T message all the time, but got 15 variations on this theme today. Looks like a baby spammer playing with a new toy. Senders included: Kristi Leal (support@irs.gov). Pay your AT&T bill online.

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Spam of the Day: “McDonalds invites you to The Free Dinner Day”

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Scam Spam scam; spamSender : I love McDonalds (helping@mcdonalds.com). Subject : We are fond of you and thus invite you for free helpings. Attachment : Invitation_Card_37021.zip. Hello. McDonalds invites you to The Free Dinner Day which will take place on 25 June, 2011, in every cafe of ours. Free Day’s menu! Angus Chipotle BBQ Bacon.

Lame Spam of the Day: Please stop sending spam messages onto our email

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Subject: Please stop sending spam messages onto our email. Your email is sending spam messages! If you don't stop sending spam, we will be impelled to sue you! Please carefully read through the document and stop sending spam messages. Phishing Scam Spam scamHere's info on rar attachments: [link]. Text: Hello.

Lame spam of the day: BBB service Re: Case # (various numbers)

Robert Weiner

Scam Spam Viruses scamI got 7 versions of this today, at 2 different email addresses. They included an attachment called bbb_logo.jpg but no graphics in the message body. friend posted about them on a listserve and said that clicking the link downloads a virus. This scam has been around for a while. Subject: BBB service Re: Case # 87348414.

Lame spams of the day: LinkedIn phishing

Robert Weiner

The recent theft of passwords from LinkedIn prompted me to post these spams masquerading as messages from that firm. Phishing Scam SpamThe first one made no attempt beyond the Sender name to look like it came from LinkedIn. Sender: messages-noreply@bounce.linkedin.com on behalf of LinkedIn (welcome@linkedin.com). Text: LinkedIn.

Lame spam of the day: Fake eFaxes

Robert Weiner

This one's scary since I'm an eFax user. But I was suspicious that it was asking me to click on a link (pointing to a server in Germany) rather than open an attachment. There were lots of warnings in 2010 about fake eFax messages delivering malware. don't know what this one does and don't intend to find out. Here's what they look like.

Lame spam of the day: Digg + Facebook

Robert Weiner

I've seen two versions of this spam claiming to be verification of Facebook social sharing on Digg. One said it's a Facebook verification, the other a Digg verification. Version 1: Sender: Facebook Verification (registration@datonet.at). Subject: Thank you for registering. Text: Thank you for registering with us at Facebook Social.

Lame spams of the day: everyone wants to send me money

Robert Weiner

Here are some of the "loan offers" that have landed in my spam folder. None have attachments, links, or graphics. One used a blue font, the others were plain old black Courier. The subject lines were blank in every case. The senders included: kelly loan offer (web.office20026045@att.net). Alreford Ltd (web.0123345667785@att.net). apply.

Lame spam of the day: Instant Acrobat Upgrade

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Malware SpamSince Adobe seems to update Acrobat weekly, this message seems plausible. Some quick indicators that it isn't real: I get updates through the installed Adobe Updater, not as email messages. The update site is instant-acrobat-upgrade.com, not adobe.com. The sender's address is @newsletter.northerntool.com. link]. Canada.

Lame scam of the day: Fictitious Business Name Renewal Center

Robert Weiner

It's novel to get the snail mail equivalent of spam. Scam Spam scamThis one came via U.S. mail from the Fictitious Business Name Renewal Center in Sacramento, CA. My business is required to register and publish a Fictitious Business Name (FBN, aka DBA or Doing Business As) every 5 years. This is a solicitation. Caveat emptor.

Lame spams of the day: so many ebills

Robert Weiner

Here's a sample: Malware SpamI got two dozen of these this morning, which may be some kind of record. alets-no-reply@serviceemail6.citibank.com.

Lame spams of the day: Amazon HDTV shipments

Robert Weiner

Here's a screenshot: SpamI got 3 versions of this today. don't see any posts about what the links do and don't intend to find out. Order.

Lame spams of the day: confirmation from [insert social network name]

Robert Weiner

In the past 2 days I've received spams in the form of confirmations from MySpace, Habbo, Tagged, and Foursquare. Is it a trend or just me?

Lame spam of the day: Same Day Transfer sent successfully

Robert Weiner

Malware SpamI got 7 emails today claiming to come from the Federal Reserve Bank. Plain text, no logo, and the From address is obviously not from the Federal Reserve (plus, why would the Federal Reserve Bank be contacting me about anything?). The details of the "transaction" differs on each message, but the text is basically the same as below.

Lame spam of the day: Your Apple ID was used to sign in

Robert Weiner

I got three of these today. There are a bunch of clues that they're not legit. First, there's no Apple logo (easy enough to fake, but still.). Second, the Apple ID it says was used is not my Apple ID. Third, the From addresses are not at apple.com (again, easy to fake so why not take the time?). Senders: Apple [noreply@conestoga.net]. Learn More.

Lame spam of the day: Your Intuit.com invoice.

Robert Weiner

Here's another set of spams claiming to come from Inuit. Scam SpamAn earlier batch asked me to provide my tax information. This batch confirms my non-existent purchases with links to download my order, reorder checks, and submit feedback. Your intuit.com order confirmation. Your intuit.com order status. Your intuit.com order. link].

Lame spam of the day: spam mashup

Robert Weiner

This plain-text spam has no sender, subject, formatting, or graphics. After that comes what looks like an email header, then some spam text, then a bunch of blank lines, and finally, to cap the effort, random text from travel guides. Another newbie spammer playing with a toy? Nothing unusual there. with ServerM 2.7.3 MIME-Version: 1.0.

Lame spams of the day: Support Center

Robert Weiner

This batch of spams looks like Facebook messages -- same colors, fonts, and formatting, and they have a "Go To Profile" button. Sample: Spam

Lame spam of the day: Validate Your Internet Listing – Yellow PagesUSA

Robert Weiner

The Yellow Pages using spam to get listings? The attachment is a PDF so it's most likely safe but not completely risk free. searched for subject line and found an example of what I'm guessing is the attachment. The fine print at the bottom says: We are compiling data for Yellow PagesUSA Corp. Thank you for your cooperation. 391 NW 179th Ave.

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Lame spam of the day: FBI and Nigeria still want to send me money

Robert Weiner

Phishing Scam SpamI wrote about a version of this one last year, but the language of this version is so tortured that I have to post it. No official-looking seal this time. Sender: FBI OFFICE (office.fbi3@gmail.com). Subject: FROM IMF HEAD OFFICE. Text: Anti-Terrorist And Monetary Crimes Division. FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C. With the.

Lame spam of the day: do you get a lot of spam?

Robert Weiner

This came as a comment on my blog. I had to smile at a spammer complaining about spam. one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam responses? It included a link to a page that seems to be selling dental implants, but I didn''t explore it. Author: Reno Nevada. Comment: Hi, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar.

Lame spam of the day: Intuit GoPayment

Robert Weiner

These spams aren't 100% lame -- at least they included a logo and some design elements. Here's a screenshot: Malware SpamPayment.

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Lame Spam of the Day: Lehman Brothers Centre for Women 2008 Newsletter

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Image: Spam But the real clincher is that the subject line says it''s a newsletter from March, 2008. To: Subscriber. World impact.

Lame spams of the day: FedEx invoices

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Here's a screenshot: SpamI got a dozen of these yesterday. The subject lines included: Please pay your outstanding Fedex invoice. 3611-87718.

Lame spam of the day: Amazon cancelation

Robert Weiner

Previous incarnations of this spam have led to a Canadian online pharmacy, and the hyperlinks in this one lead to a site in Canada. Amazon.com.

Lame spams of the day: ADP Notifications

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Since I don't use ADP it's obvious that they're spam, but others may fall for them. Here's what this one looked like: Spam Uncategorized

Lame spams of the day: Your score apparently changed!

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Here's a screen shot showing one of the many graphics they included: Malware SpamI got a bunch of these this week. Browse your score fast!

Lame spam of the day: IRS notices

Robert Weiner

I got two spams this week claiming to come from the IRS. Here's what it looked like: Scam SpamSubject: Rejection of your tax appeal.

Lame spam of the day: Raw spam merge text

Robert Weiner

Some newbie spammer posted a message on my site that shows the contents of their spam merge database. Howdy|Hi there|Hi|Hello}, i read your blog {occasionally|from time to time} and i own a similar one and i was just {wondering|curious} if you get a lot of spam {comments|responses|feedback|remarks}? found it fascinating. Way cool!

Lame spam roundup

Robert Weiner

Here's a random selection of strange and/or lame spams I've received recently. 1: I got several of these. This one may not be spam, but I'm not going to click and find out. Yes, the hyperlink was the first line of the spam, and points where it says it does. Unfortunately, no umbrellas were included. code=504d47cb5ce3e.

Lame spam of the day: FDIC Transactions stopped

Robert Weiner

I got a dozen spams today claiming to come from the FDIC. Here's an example: Malware Spam VirusesHere are details on the exploit. Urgent!

Lame spam of the day: messages from YouTube

Robert Weiner

I've seen several flavors of this spam lately. Here's what they look like: SpamThe formatting is pretty good -- not the usual lameness.

Lame spam of the day: May be try it?

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Here's what it looks like: SpamThis one purports to come from LinkedIn. It has the familiar blue line and uses their font (but not their logo).

Lame spam of the day: Harvard Medical School

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Here's what it looks like: SpamWell, I haven't been treated at Harvard. live thousands of miles away. Subject: We have a special offer for you.

Lame spam of the day: CitiBank Account Alert

Robert Weiner

Using the spam/junk mail function may not block servicing messages from being sent to your email account. Then there are some typos. link].

Lame spam of the day: disappointed spammer

Robert Weiner

Most of the spam that reaches me comes as emails, but my blog also attracts a fair share of spammy comments. Some are particularly lame (and some are pretty amusing). Here''s one of the former, from a spammer I presume is trying to increase the search engine ranking for a site selling shoes.

Lame spam of the day: Google Doc

Robert Weiner

Please tell me no one would ever click on something like this (I only wish it were true). Plain text, bad English, the document isn''t actually attached, and the CLICK HERE link doesn''t point to google.com. Sender: Laila Brenner [brenner.laila@gmail.com]. Subject: Fwd: Attached Document. Laila Brenner.