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July 24, 2009

Diploma Spam Surge

I've been seeing a recent upswing in spam touting fake university diplomas. There's nothing unusual here, modeled on the same tactics used for years. Here's a sample, brought to you by a botnetted PC in Brazil:

From: Erin <[bogusUserName]@msn.com>
Subject: Get your Diploma Today!

No Exams! No Study! No Classes!

Prestigious University

Call 1-(801)-461-[removed]

Lines are Open 24 x 7


That's a Salt Lake City, Utah area phone number. Although I dare not call it (for reasons described in Spam Wars), if it follows the usual M.O. for diploma spammers, the number is to an automated answering service. You'll be asked to record your name and phone number so the crook (not named "Alice") can call you later.

I got a kick out of the "Prestigious University" phrase. That must be the actual name of the university on the diploma. Good ol' PU, whose football team is known as the Fightin' Scammers. Go PU!!!

Posted on July 24, 2009 at 12:20 PM