From : Maria R. Romero Morales <email@example.com>O Red Flags, let me count the ways...
Subject : ***SPAM***Western Michigan University Webmail for 2015
To : Maria R. Romero Morales <firstname.lastname@example.org>
As of the beginning of 2015, we have decided to upgraded our email to 50GB inbox space.
Please log-in to your account to validate email account.
Your emails won't be delivered by our server, unless email account is confirmed.
Click on [link disabled]faculty and staff webmail[/link] to confirm details of your user account.
Note that password should not be change once email account has been confirmed.
Protecting your email account is our primary concern
© 2015 Help Desk. All rights reserved.
1 - Why is Maria from riohondo.edu writing to us about Western Michigan University's email?
2 - Yeah, just click HERE and give us your vitals.
http: / / generalresources6 . wix . com / -gowmu-login
Because that looks SO official. It's not our email vendor, it's not WMU's address, it's not even Rio Hondo's address. So who is Wix?
Create a free website with Wix.com. Customize with Wix' free website builder, no coding skills needed. Choose a design, begin customizing and be online today!Yeah, that took six seconds to scope out. You're being pwned by Geocities 2015.
Oh, and GoWMU is not the university's email system, but another application.
3 - Here's the money shot, though...
Note that password should not be change once email account has been confirmed.Because how could they wrest control from you if you reset your password?
The typo is verbatim.
4 - and
Protecting your email account is our primary concernSnort, chortle, oh you're killing me, man!
The lack of a period is also verbatim.
5 - The copyright line was in red in the original. Oh yeah, this is COPYRIGHTED © 2015, so it MUST be legit. Right? Right? Is this thing on?
6 - But it's the HELP DESK. Aren't they supposed to help?
Does anyone fall for this? Don't answer. I'm pretty sure I know the answer. Despite warning all the faculty, staff and students, I'm sure they get some suckers even at academic institutions.
That and I'm pretty sure I can reallocate my server space on the fly already.
NOTES: (1) In all likelihood that's a real email address, probably by now one of their zombie emails, so I didn't include the actual address. Spammers, you're going to have to do your own homework. (2) The active link, which will be down soon I'm sure, I spaced out so LJ/DW won't try to be helpful. (3) I added spaces between lines for legibility. Otherwise the text as I found in my Spam folder today.
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