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Posted on January 8th, 2013 by Barry Collins

The world’s worst phishing attack


It’s not often I get actual, handwritten mail sent to me at the office, let alone from South Africa. So I was intrigued when the envelope above landed on my desk yesterday. Was it an invite to come and meet Nelson Mandela? Fan mail from afar? No, it was the worst phishing attempt in the history of mankind.

The full text of the letter enclosed is scanned below – click the image to enlarge:

0045_001Firstly, the sender appears to have a terrible grasp of the economics of phishing, sending his ill-written missive via expensive Air Mail instead of the virtually cost-free medium of email that the phishing purists prefer.

Secondly, Mr Blak Smit has specifically targeted the editor of a PC magazine. I’m not claiming that Cambridge is waiting for Stephen Hawking to cark it so they can wheel me in as the real brains of the outfit, but you’d surely credit the editor of a computing magazine with enough nous to see through this appalling attempt at spear phishing, wouldn’t you? (I heard that.)

I’d be tempted to reply from Steve Ballmer’s email address, but I’ve just heard from Microsoft. They want it back.

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7 Responses to “ The world’s worst phishing attack ”

  1. John Chapman Says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 5:36 am

    OK everyone. Fess up. Who gave Barry’s name and address to Mr Smit?

  2. Uz Blak Smit Says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Dammit Barry, I sent that to you in confidence.

    Please pass it on to one of your colleagues.

  3. Rickster Says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    IS that an unintentional Stephen Hawking joke there Barry, or have you suffered an accident?

  4. JohnHind Says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I notice you are not crediting the readers of said computing magazine with enough nous not to fall for it even after you’ve rubbished it! (Why otherwise redact the email address?)

  5. omega Says:
    January 10th, 2013 at 6:56 am

    The email address is :) you just have to squint your eyes a bit to read it.

  6. MattD4 Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I had one claiming to be from the FBI arranging to make my payment from Nigeria. Of course I believed it and sent in my bank account details in Iran

  7. Richzim Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Just got the same stupid letter personally addressed. They spent a lot of money for postage, it probably would havebeen cheaper to send it from Nigeria…


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