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So I’ve been getting spam and phishing emails quite frequently lately.

I don’t know exactly when it started, so it’s hard to pinpoint the location they got my email from, but it’s definitely getting obnoxious. Stuff in my junk folder gets deleted after ten days, but there’s still about five email in there at any given moment. Most of them are of the “confirm your account” variety, and Runescape seems hella common for some reason.

They can be quite hilarious to read. The text by itself can be somewhat convincing, but the reasoning and especially the spelling and grammar often give them away. That is, if you didn’t notice the sender’s email address yet.
What’s also fun is the links they provide you with. It’s usually a plain old URL (“http://blahblah”), underlined and clickable. You’d think it’d bring you to the site it appears to link to, but if you pay closer attention, you’ll notice the link’s going someplace else. Just now I had one which would redirect me to a domain ending in .gov.cn. That’s the top-level domain for the Chinese government. What the what?

Another trend I’ve noticed is that most of the email addresses used to send these fake emails, or at least the ones I’m receiving, are @yahoo.com addresses. As if the old guy wasn’t unlikable enough already.
Too bad we can’t really draw very many conclusions from this data. Spammers and spambots are far and few in between. Some are bound to look like each other, so I’m not even sure if all my spam is coming from the same sender. Don’t think there’s very much I can do about it.

Unless you folks have any clever ideas?
~ Fang

Comments

  • 17/02/2013 (9:45 AM)

    When I have a bit more time, I’m going to try and screw around with one of these spammers. Not unlike the 419eater guys.

  • 16/02/2013 (10:58 PM)

    Other than not checking your spam box. I rarely get any spam emails on my google account and even if I do they never shop up in the actual inbox. I can understand the redirect stuff, it’s to help trick you, but I think they could have chosen something a little more common than the Chinese government website. Unless the emails are coming FROM the Chinese government…huh…

    LETS ALL PUT ON OUR OVER-THINKING CAPS.

  • 16/02/2013 (10:15 PM)

    Spam is hilarious. I laugh every time I ‘get a million dollars’.

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