I have been receiving a lot of email spam recently. I wonder if my filters have been changed at web domains? The thing I have noticed about this spam is it almost convincing.
This Fedex email look very convincing. The old chestnut of don’t open an attachment on a email your not expecting kept me from opening it but i did have an urge to open it.MXlab warning on this email
the lloydstsb email was slightly less convincing as TSb has been spun off into its own bank, I was pretty sure that the email as fake, but still I did wonder. the sane security blog warning on this email
These professional looking emails made me consider why they were so close to being accurate and why others were so bad. I remembered this…
Finally, this approach suggests an answer to the question in the title. Far-fetched tales of West African riches strike most as comical. Our analysis suggests that is an advantage to the attacker, not a disadvantage. Since his attack has a low density of victims the Nigerian scammer has an over-riding need to reduce false positives. By sending an email that repels all but the most gullible the scammer gets the most promising marks to self-select, and tilts the true to false positive ratio in his favor.
Why do Nigerian Scammers Say They are from Nigeria? – Cormac Herley, Microsoft research.
it comes down to the difference in what they want. the virus email people want information without being noticed. the Nigerian guys want to be noticed and want a one time interaction. By being good, the virus people get a lot more potential targets thereby distributing their virus thingy, widely. As the Nigerian scam guy needs someone gullible to send him some money, they need to ensure only gullible people click on the link and one way to achieve this is to make the link comically suspicious.
I thought the internet was meant to make our lives easier?