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September 04, 2007

Sloppy, Sloppy, Sloppy

It's amazing to me that a scammer with only the tiniest grasp of the English language would deploy a phishing scam aimed at English-speaking peoples (sorry, an old Winston Churchill reference). Look at this "amazon.com" phishing message sent in plain text:

From: "Onlline Verification"<online@amazon.com>
Subject: Stay Protected

Dear Member,

Because of all the frauds attempts we decided to renew our security, but we need all the help we can get so that we can beat all the spam emails.

Please click on the link bellow and go through the whole process :

http://[obviously French-language domain name]/.www.amazon.com/amazon.html

Best regards,

Lidya Joseph
"Amazon Comunitty"

The phishing site software must be from a kit, because except for a couple of fine-print typos on an unusual intermediary page, the regular login page is a pure amazon.com rip-off, like the ones deployed regularly around phishdom.

But as for posing as an amazon.com email message, this phisher is rather Clouseau-esque with a false moustache crookedly glued to his forehead.

UPDATE (5 September 2007) - Maybe our phisher had another beginning English lesson today. If so, the lesson was lost:

Dear Consumer,

Because of all the frauds and spam emails, we decided to modify our security and updated as soon as possible, but for this to happen we need all the help we can get.

First of all all we need you to confirm you're email so we can see who are the real people and who are the scammers with the fake emails.
For you to confirm you're email you need to acces this link :

http://[same French domain (sigh)]/.www.amazon.com/amazon.html

Best Regards,

Monica Felea
Online and account security.

Posted on September 04, 2007 at 08:53 AM