And the bad girls and boys are back

Email consters are starting to think a little bit. But just a little.

Those ‘I need to move £68 squillion through your bank account from this dodgy African country and for the use of your account I’ll leave behind a generous tip of £2.7 million’ emails are entertaining.

But what they’re not is believable.

So the email con-artists have raised their game, just a little.

This amusing little device fell in to my account:

from Gmail
reply-to Gmail

to
date 21 July 2009 10:46
subject Your Email Address

Dear Account Owner,
Dear Account User,

This Email is from Gmail customer care and we are sending it to every Gmail accounts owner for safety. We are having congestion due to the anonymous registration of Gmail accounts so we are shutting down some Gmail accounts and your account was among those to be deleted. We are sending this email to you so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account. If you are still interested please confirm your account by filling the space below.Your User name, password, date of birth and your country information would be needed to verify your account.

Due to the congestion in all Gmail users and removal of all unused Gmail Accounts. Gmail would be shutting down all unused Accounts, you will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.

* User name: ……………………….

* Password: …………………………..

* Date of Birth: ……………………….

* Country Or Territory: ………………..

Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account within Seven days of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

Thank you for using Gmail !

The Gmail Team
G MAI L BETA

So in the interest of providing a public service (don’t ask me why! I’m just feeling unusually beneficial to my fellow carbon-based life-forms today), here’s why you should just press the ‘Report Spam’ button – if you’re unfortunate enough to receive it:

fromGmail wcesssemembersss@verifsssscsss.com [Your first questions should be… who the hell is this?]
reply-toGmail pcesssemembersssssy@gmail.com [Your second question should be… who the hell is this?]
to
[Your third question should be: why isn’t your email address shown?]
date 21 July 2009 10:46
subject Your Email Address [that’s strange capitalisation!]

Dear Account Owner, [Google have your name. Yes they do. You gave it to them when you signed up for your googlemail/gmail account. So why isn’t it here?]
Dear Account User, [Eh? Why would they put two salutations, one after the other? And see above for name. We haven’t hit the body of text yet and already we’ve raised six very serious question]

This Email [strange capitalisation] is from Gmail [strange capitalisation, again] customer care and we are sending it to every Gmail accounts owner [accounts owner? What the fuck is an ‘accounts owner’?] for safety. We are having congestion [We are having congestion? Really, would Google phrase that in such an inarticulate manner? No, of course they wouldn’t] due to the anonymous registration of Gmail accounts so we are shutting down some Gmail accounts and your account was among those to be deleted. [Point 1. My account isn’t anonymous. Point 2. Was that sentence constructed by Fearne Cotton – or by someone else who speaks gibberish as their first language?] We are sending this email to you so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account. [More bad grammar. And lack of punctuation] If you are still interested please confirm your account by filling the space below [More bad grammar] .Your User name, password, date of birth and your country information would be needed to verify your account. [The full-stop runs straight in to the Y, the capitalisation is incorrect and the sentence makes no sense unless the reader makes several intuitive leaps]

Due to the congestion in all Gmail users and removal of all unused Gmail Accounts. [More nonsensical gibberish] Gmail would be shutting down all unused Accounts, you will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons. [Even more incomprehensible English, atrocious punctuation and a general lack of sense]

* User name: ……………………….

* Password: ………………………….. [What? Why would they need this? Come on people, think about it, why would they need this? If, (and that alone is a gigantic leap of astronomical proportions) if this email was valid all Google would need to do is ask the recipient to generate an email from the account in question. And since when does any reputable organisation ask for your password? If someone rang you up and asked for your bank details would you hand them over too? And your credit card security number?]

* Date of Birth: ………………………. [What?]

* Country Or Territory: ……………….. [Capitalisation!]

Warning!!! [Look, not even Google would use three exclamation marks] Account owner that refuses to update his or her account within Seven days of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently. [And that’s not even in English]

Thank you for using Gmail ! [So now we’re placing spacing between the final letter in a sentence and the punctuation?]

The bottom line here that this whole email is nothing more than a con and there are many, many signposts that it is a con! But, worryingly, there are reports that people are falling for it.

Why are people falling for it? That’s the question I’m really interested in finding an answer for!

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7 Responses to And the bad girls and boys are back

  1. Masher says:

    The poor sentence construction and bad grammar had me suspecting it from the off.

    People will continue to be taken in by these things mainly because they don’t take the time to think it through and just do as asked of them.

    Also, they isnt as clever as what we are.

  2. Perpetual says:

    I work on the basis that if someone actually provides this information, then quite possibly they shouldn’t be allowed on the internet at all.

  3. S Le says:

    People, in general, are trusting and like to tell about themselves. Fools.

  4. Krazy Kitty says:

    Yes, but if I was applying these criteria to emails from, say, technical support (of various campuses/companies), my housing office, or the two lawyers I’ve ever communicated electronically with, I would have flagged their messages as spam, too.

    (On the other hand, they never ask for my password. They do have utterly preposterous demands at time, though.)

  5. Lis of the North says:

    I agree with Perpetual – the folks who fall for this sort of stunt shouldn’t be in left alone in control of a computer.

  6. Susie says:

    These bastards never warned me. I suppose that means my Gmail account has been killed. Sob.

    You would think, after all these years, the illiterate twats would have learned how to write the English language as she is meant to be wrote. And do they do it in other lingos, I wonder?

  7. SM says:

    “Why are people falling for it? That’s the question I’m really interested in finding an answer for!”

    Because people are idiots?