Robert Weiner

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). Sally Moser, Jody Grace, Loretta Bragg (all at alerts@irs.gov).

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Spam of the Day: So and so wants to connect on LinkedIn

Robert Weiner

Phishing Scam Spam scamIt was only a matter of time. I've started receiving phishing messages that look like LinkedIn connection requests. So far the text has been identical.

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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. Text: Dear Customer, We attempted to deliver your item at 11:02 am on November 5, 2011 and a notice was left.

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. The others made a minimal attempt to look like a LinkedIn message and all look like they came from the same source. Sender: messages-noreply@bounce.linkedin.com on behalf of LinkedIn (welcome@linkedin.com). Subject: Fwd: Wire Transfer (65483QW63).

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). LOAN OFFER APPLY (web.office_10.5088@att.net). EQUITY LOAN (web.office.91.98.0@att.net). Get A Loan Now (web.cp.office_2ww5@att.net).

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 SpamHey, spammers: how about deduping your mailing lists? I got 22 of these on Monday. This article says they're malware delivery devices.

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Lame spams of the day: FedEx invoices

Robert Weiner

Here's a screenshot: SpamI got a dozen of these yesterday. Most of them showed the sender as "Milton Ballard" so hopefully they won't fool anyone. But the last one came from BillingOnline@fedex.com so it was slightly more convincing.

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

Robert Weiner

It''s been a while since I got a spam message that rose to the level of true lameness (maybe because I''ve improved my anti-spam tools), but this one hit the target. Image: Spam

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

Robert Weiner

I had to smile at a spammer complaining about spam. one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam responses? This came as a comment on my blog. 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. If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything you can advise? I get so much lately it''s driving me insane so any help is very much appreciated.

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. Here's what it looks like: SpamLame lame lame. This doesn't look remotely like an email from Amazon. And of course it's not for a product I ordered.

Lame spams of the day: ADP Notifications

Robert Weiner

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 UncategorizedI've been seeing a variety of these recently. The first one below had no logo or other graphics, and used only plain, unformatted text.

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. The giveaways are: 1) Hover over the links and see where they point before clicking (that's the best way to prevent phishing attacks and malware infections from spam).

Lame spams of the day: Your score apparently changed!

Robert Weiner

They included a variety of graphics that look like typical credit score spam, but the sender addresses are obviously faked and the links look like they point to hacked WordPress sites like nbouhout.astblogs.org//wp-content/themes/trulyminimal/includes/framework/plugins/score_for_free.html.

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 SpamThey look like different schemes -- one is trying to get me to call a 900 number at $4.79/minute, the other includes a link. But they look similar so I'm posting them together.

Lame spam roundup

Robert Weiner

Here's a random selection of strange and/or lame spams I've received recently. 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. 1: I got several of these. Unfortunately, no umbrellas were included. Sender: LinkedIn Connections [connections@linkedin.com]. Subject: RE: CELSA - Copies of Policies.

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. The spammers at least took the trouble to use the FDIC logo, but didn't bother to make the random sender addresses look like legitimate FDIC addresses.

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. This site says they're malware delivery devices, so do not click on them! A few of the senders: alets-no-reply@customercenter.citibank.com. alets-no-reply@serviceemail6.citibank.com.

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. I recognize so many snippets that have appeared in my spam folder over the years. { {I have|I’ve} been {surfing|browsing} online more than {three|3|2|4} hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. {It’s|It It goes on and on, but you''ll get the idea pretty quickly. I found it fascinating.

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. It's the content that's lame. This site says they're from an online pharmacy. Version 1: Sender: YouTube Service (service@youtube.com).

Lame spams of the day: Amazon HDTV shipments

Robert Weiner

Here's a screenshot: SpamI got 3 versions of this today. The most amusing part is that the shipping address is a mail merge field with my email address inserted. I'm sure that will produce some funny results for people with more creative email addresses.

Lame spam of the day: May be try it?

Robert Weiner

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). But the sender name shows clearly that it didn't come from LinkedIn and there's no way the text could be seen as a legitimate LinkedIn message.

Lame spam of the day: Harvard Medical School

Robert Weiner

Here's what it looks like: SpamWell, I haven't been treated at Harvard. I live thousands of miles away. And it wouldn't normally occur to me to "shop" at a medical school or hospital (though after investigation I found that the publications shown on the message do cost money.)

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. Here's what it looks like: Phishing Scam SpamThis type of phishing scam is common as dirt, but this example is particularly lame.

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. I searched for the first sentence and found over 2 million examples, so it may be working. The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this 1.

Lame spam of the day: self-identified spam

Robert Weiner

This message didn't come from my anti-spam software and my ISP says it didn't come from theirs. Subject: **SPAM ** Re: µ¹.§A¤£°µ§@ª½±µ-»ù¨C¤ù¥u­n26¤¸. Text: Spam detection software, running on the system "nas", has. identified this incoming email as possible spam. has been attached to this so you can view it (if it isn't spam) or label. open with some email clients; in particular, it may contain a virus, or confirm that your address can receive spam.

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. Text: I have an important document that i would like to share with you i uploaded it with Google document, CLICK HERE. for immediate access, please sign on with your email Respectfully. Laila Brenner.

Lame spam of the day: US Airways reservation

Robert Weiner

I got 8 of these at 2 different email addresses, always a sign of spam. Malware Scam SpamThe pitch is similar to the American Airlines ticket scam but not as well done. The U.S.

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Lame spam of the day: Termination of my CPA license

Robert Weiner

Unlike most lame spam, at least they bothered to make it look real. Phishing Scam SpamI'm crushed. I didn't even know I had a CPA license, and now it's being revoked. Over and over (19 times in the past 2 days!). According to the AICPA's web site it's a phishing scam.

Lame spams of the day: Fake UPS and FedEx delivery notices

Robert Weiner

Here are three examples of the format: Malware SpamMy inbox has been polluted by a rash of these this week. They're so badly formatted, it's hard to believe anyone would fall for them. The spammers haven't even tried to make the reply-to address look legit.

Lame spam of the day: CareerBuilder position notices

Robert Weiner

Here's what they look like: Malware SpamI'm being deluged by these today. This site says they're malware delivery vehicles. Version 1: Subject: Open position which you might be interested in. Sender: Vielka@site.careerbuilder.com.

Lame spam of the day: Smoking device

Robert Weiner

This is as lame as it gets. Plain text, no graphics, the sender name looks suspicious, the recipient name isn't me, there's no subject, and the text is lame. I ran the link in the "click here" line through some online virus scanners and it seems clean, so maybe they're just trying to sell something. In any case, I hope no one would click on something like this. Sender: lost.gender@yahoo.com. To: jsales@fulbright.com. Subject: Re: Text: Smoking device thats clean. Click here to see.

Lame spam of the day: HELLO

Robert Weiner

So much lame spam, so little time to blog about it. Here's today's example. No graphics, all caps, the From address doesn't match the "write me at" address. Does it get any lamer? Sender: Tesfaye, Fanuel (f.tesfaye@unesco.org). Subject: HELLO. Text: BUSINESS FOR YOU, CONTACT ME THROUGH MY PRIVATE EMAIL: sydneywalter58@yahoo.com.

Lame spams of the day: fortunemart

Robert Weiner

I've been getting hit with lots of spam from fortunemart@yahoo.com. Each spam has been one line of gibberish, plain text, no graphics, no formatting. These guys aren't even trying. I can't find any analysis of what happens if you click the links, and I'm not going to experiment. The subjects have included: new site. your friends. Re: Longer. plus several without subjects. The text follows. Each message was one line. I've deleted the links.). link] Hi Mon, 19 Nov 2012 12:41:46.

Lame spam of the day: Tis the season for warranty sales

Robert Weiner

It's January, so "tis the season" is out. And the lame spammer couldn't even format the message, so there are no links or images. Sender: Melissa Griffin (melissagriffin03a@rhonda42martinez.info). Subject: Tis the Season for Warranty Sales. Here's a screenshot: Screenshot6.

Lame spam of the day: Prize Winning.

Robert Weiner

Is someone testing their new spam toy? This one should win a prize for lameness. No graphics, no links, no attachment, no signature, nothing. Sender: WorldWide Lottery (bevile@bevilehotel.com.br). Subject: Prize Winning. Text: Did you receive our email ??

Lame spam of the day: You pig!

Robert Weiner

Malware Spam MalwI got a kick out of this one. It's short and sweet -- and, I hope, ineffective. Sophos says it's a malware delivery device. Sender: LAU18eRogelio@aol.com. Subject: You pig! Text: You should be stoping ignoring me or i will send this photos to your spouse!!! Attachment: DCIM.zip.

Lame spams of the day: Proposal Attached

Robert Weiner

A bunch of these have accumulated in my spam folder. No logo, no formatting, no attempt to look like they come from a business I'd be familiar with. They look like they actually came from gmx.com so maybe they're merely annoying rather than malicious. Senders: Thomas Mainer (Noreply.TM2012@gmx.com). Steve Gainer (Noreply.SG2012@g2gm.com). Janet Battaglia (Noreply.JB@g2gm.com). Betsy Albright (noreply2012@gmx.com). Larry Stevensons (noreply2012@gmx.com). Subject: Proposal Attached.

Lame spam as blog comments

Robert Weiner

I wrote recently about spam in the form of blog comments. Fortunately, my anti-spam filters (Akismet and Bad Behavior) caught them. This last one is for Ugg boots -- up there with "performance aids" as a source of spam. There's been a deluge recently, and I want to call out some that look like they could be legit. I assume that most of these are planted for search engine optimization rather than to get people to click a link.

Lame spams of the day: another roundup

Robert Weiner

An almost identical spam with Invoice_P350.htm claimed to come from Safeco: Good day. Malware Scam Spam VirusesHere's a selection of messages from spammers who don't even seem to be trying -- no graphics, no attempt to make the links look legit, plain text. Are these spammers just lazy or do these things actually work? Bottom line: think before you click. Hover your mouse over URLs and see where they lead. And use anti-malware tools that will warn you about suspicious web sites.

Lame spams of the day: LinkedIn messages

Robert Weiner

Malware SpamI've been getting lots of these lately. They look reasonably line LinkedIn messages, though I don't recall ever getting something quite like this from LinkedIn. The subject has been "LinkedIn new messages" but the senders aren't LinkedIn addresses. This site says the links deliver malware. They've been: Lewis Shannon LinkedIn [cameoingo37@ggtco.com]. Young Burton LinkedIn [crossways@anfscd.com]. Colby Langford LinkedIn [considerings5@themillstonecompany.com].