I got an email this morning from “Daphne Jacobsen”, a marketroid at a CD/DVD company that shall not be getting any plugs here. She claimed that someone from my company had mailed them requesting prices last week but that their servers had become infected with one of the many worms on the lose recently and that the message had been lost (but obviously not completely lost, otherwise where did she get the email address?) Her message ended:
In case you need more information, our company web site is [DELETED] where you can see we are a complete “one stop shop” for DVD, CDROM, printing, packaging, and fulfillment services.
If you need, please call me TOLL FREE at [DELETED].
Obviously spam. The mail was sent to an email address that I’ve never used at a domain I’ve only ever used for personal purposes. Interesting, though. The mail was obviously carefully written to sound genuine and unique. Hand-wringing over the problems caused by the “worm” ties it in nicely with current events on the internet and might make a receipient feel sympathetic to the sender. At first glance, not your usual spam – possibly different enough to not only escape spamtraps (it slipped past two to get to me) but to snare a few more unwary punters than usual. I’ve never received anything quite so carefully crafted before (if you exclude some of the better phishing emails).