Following yesterday’s post about idiots who can’t tell phishing emails from real ones, this morning I received the following:
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2007 14:17:34 +0100
From: “customer services” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Gmail Account Warning!!! ( Verify Your Account now To Avoid It Closed)
G MAI L BETA
* VERIFY YOUR FREE G MAI L ACCOUNT NOW !!! *
Dear ****G ma il Account Owner,*
This message is from Gmail messaging center to all Gmail free account owners and premium account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused Gmail account to create more space for new accounts.
*To prevent your account from closing you will have to update it below so that we will know that it’s a present used account.*
* CONFIRM YOUR IDENTITY BELOW
– Gma il! ID : ……….
– Password : ………..
– Date of Birth : ……
– Country or Territory : ………..
Enter the letter from the Security Image :
** * * * ** Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account within Seven days of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently. *
***Thank you for using Gmail* *! *
The Gmail Team
G MAI L BETA
Here’s a little test for you. Upon receiving this email, would you: A) Immediately hit Reply and enter all requested account information, terrified that you’ll lose your Gmail account if you fail to respond, or B) Report the email as a phishing attempt using Gmail’s Report Spam or Report Phishing options, possibly even sending it to SpamCop?
If you chose A, you are a complete imbecile and should stop using the Internet immediately. You will likely get your email account taken over by a criminal scumbag, and you’ll absolutely deserve it. I mean, look at that email. It looks like it was written by a child. And anyone who asks you for sensitive account information via email is a THIEF. Got it? This goes for emails claiming to be from eBay, or your bank, or whatever requires an account ID and password. You’re asking for trouble by responding, so wise up for fuck’s sake! As entertaining as it can be at times, we’re getting tired of the media wasting time reporting on clueless people getting suckered in by such OBVIOUS scams. Stop that!
Sigh. Stupid people make me cranky.