Sunday, September 11, 2011

Email phishing - does anyone still fall for these? #SPAM

Got this email this AM

from Western Union
to date Sun, Sep 11, 2011 at 4:02 AM
subject Dear Customer.
hide details 4:02 AM (2 hours ago)

Dear Esteemed Customer,
You have been awarded with the sum of $50,000.00 US Dollars
by our office, as one of our customers who use Western
Union in their daily business transaction.
This award was been selected through the internet, where
your e-mail address was indicated and notified. Please
provide Mr. David Palmer with the following details
listed below so that your fund will be remitted to you
through Western Union immediately.
* Full Name:
* Sex: Age:
* Martial Status:
* Nationality:
* Country:
* Direct Address:
* Mobile Number:
* Office Number:
* Occupation:
Just wondering - does anyone still fall for this type of phishing.  I mean, some phishing attempts out there are subtle and tricky.   This one, however, is not.  Anyone know - do these really obvious ones ever work?  Or are they just part of the "chatter" that eventually will disappear by natural selection of phishing strategies?


  1. FWIW our university's IT department still frequently has to lock accounts and reset passwords every time a similar one as these pops up. Worse, they're often "localized" by running them through google translate. So it doesn't even read like official communication.

  2. Well, I can see how some creative one's might spoof some people ... but some of them out there are incredibly lame ... like this one ... I just cannot imagine anyone falling for it ...

  3. Back when they did these scams by phone, the victims were usually elderly people...

  4. Morgan - I should have been clearer. I know some of these scams work. What I was wondering was - are there ones out there that don't work at all? That is, have an effective fitness of zero?