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'Suspicious Guy Claiming He is You' Spam Emails

Outline
Email purporting to be from "Customer Support", claims that "some suspicious guy" has tried to access a download that belongs to the recipient.

Spam

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Brief Analysis
The email is not from customer support. It is spam that attempts to trick people into downloading a dodgy "money making" app and signing up for its suspect services.

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Example

Subject:  suspicious contact (WARNING)

Hey,
Some suspicious guy who was claiming he is
YOU tried to access the download that belongs
to you.

Make sure you access it before anyone else
does:

Access Here:
[Link removed]

I have reported and deleted that guy, so there is nothing to be worry about, just make sure you access your system:

Access Here:
[Link removed]

Enjoy,
Customer Support


Detailed Analysis


This email, which claims, quite vaguely, to be from "Customer Support", warns that "some suspicious guy" has attempted to access a download that was intended for the recipient. The message advises that the culprit has been deleted and reported but suggests that recipient access his or her download before anybody else does.

Links in the message open a spammy website that promises free access to an "amazing" automatic money generating app that will supposedly give participants untold riches for very little work.  Yeah, right!  If only it was so easy.

But, alas, a few gullible or desperate people will likely be taken in by the hype and outlandish promises presented on the site and sign up. Good luck with that!

Spammers use many and varied ruses to trick people into clicking their links. Their initial goal is simple to pull people to their websites. To achieve that goal, they will invent all manner of cover stories designed to intrigue or panic recipients into clicking.

Once they arrive on the spam website, the majority of people are likely to cotton on and back away. But a few will stay on and, seduced by the hype and the promises, will buy whatever it is that the spammer is peddling.

It is these few that are the spammer's payload. The spammer only needs a handful of people to buy or sign up to make each campaign worthwhile. And, sadly, it is because of these few that we all have to put up with so much spam. Those who buy from these spam outfits are just as culpable as the spammers themselves.

So, here's three very simple rules:

  1. Be very cautious of clicking links in unsolicited messages, no matter how enticing, intriguing or frightening the message may be.

  2. If you do click a link and arrive on a spammy website that tries to sell you suspect products and services, hightail it out of there straight away.

  3. Don't buy from spammers. Ever.

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Last updated: November 15, 2013
First published: November 15, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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