Scam Warning!!!!1!

A few days ago I received this kind warning from a friend. It was a scary email warning about hackers. We’ve all had emails like this, and we’ve all either ignored them or had a brief panic about them. I thought it best to investigate…


From: Email Contact
To: Craig
Subject: Fw: Fw: VERY URGENT – PLEASE READ – NOT A JOKE (better safe than sorry)

: Fw: VERY URGENT – PLEASE READ – NOT A JOKE (better safe than sorry)

PASS THIS ON!

IF A PERSON CALLED SIMON ASHTON (  SIMON***@HOTMAIL.CO.UK   ) CONTACTS YOU THROUGH EMAIL DON’T OPEN THE MESSAGE. DELETE IT BECAUSE HE IS A HACKER!!

TELL EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST   BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS HIM  THEN YOU WILL GET HIM ON YOUR LIST. HE WILL FIGURE OUT YOUR ID COMPUTER ADDRESS, SO COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE EVEN IF YOU DONT CARE FOR THEM AND FAST BECAUSE IF HE HACKS THEIR EMAIL HE HACKS YOUR MAIL TOO!!!!!……

Anyone-using Internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on.  This information arrived this morning, Direct from both Microsoft and Norton. Please send it to everybody you know who has access to the Internet. You may receive an apparently harmless e-mail titled ‘Mail Server Report’

If you open either file, a message will appear on your screen saying:  ‘It is too late now, your life is no longer  beautiful.’

Subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC,
And the person who o sent it to you will gain access to your  name, e-mail and password.

This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon. AOL has already confirmed the severity, and the  antivirus software’s are not capable of destroying it .

The virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself  ‘life owner’..

PLEASE SEND A COPY OF THIS E-MAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS, And ask them to
PASS IT ON IMMEDIATELY!

Take Care

From: Craig Anderson
To: “SIMON***@HOTMAIL.CO.UK”
Subject: Fw: Fw: VERY URGENT – PLEASE READ – NOT A JOKE (better safe than sorry)

Hi Simon.

I got a warning email from a friend saying that this email address belongs to a hacker. The word “hacker” is also followed with two exclamation marks, so it sounds quite serious. I just wanted to confirm whether you are a hacker or not.

I also wanted to address a few potential inaccuracies in the warning email, just in case you are a hacker. The inaccuracies are probably the fault of the sender of the warning email, ut just in case you’re new to the world of hacking I thought I’d let you know too.

The email says that if I add you to my list, you will find out my “ID COMPUTER ADDRESS.” Rather than ID address, I’m assuming they (or you) mean IP address? If you are a hacker, and you’re looking for my ID address, you could be looking for the wrong thing as my ID won’t be of much use to you. I’m not even sure that ID COMPUTER ADDRESS is even a real thing. If it is an IP you’re looking for, then you may find this site of some use – http://whatismyipaddress.com

It appears that both Microsoft AND Norton are aware of you and your ambiguous “Mail Server Report” email. Personally I think you have chosen a bad subject title for a hacking email. Not everyone will want to open an email with “Mail Server Report” as the title, as it doesn’t sound interesting. Most people would be wary of opening it, simply because it sounds like a hacking email.

Back in the day when I was a hacker, I always found sending emails with the subject “You have received a Greeting Card” got the best results. Who cares about servers? Getting a free greeting card from a friend always rocks!

The warning email also says that a message will appear, once I’ve opened your infected email, saying “It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful.”

Do you know the phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”? That phrase is often misinterpreted. People take it too literally and believe it to mean that if a person sees beautiful things, they too will be beautiful. This isn’t the case. The phrase actually means that people see different things in different lights. People see beauty in different ways. A rock, for example, may be quite a dull thing to one person, whereas to another person it may be a fascinating, beautiful thing. Different people see different aspects of everything and so a boring thing to one person may the most amazing thing to another.

With that in mind, how exactly will you make MY life less beautiful? Things of beauty, to me, are vibrant, colourful things. It doesn’t matter what the thing is, as long as it is vibrant, fresh and full of colour. Do you have the ability to drain colour from things in everyday life, or to hypnotise me into seeing everything as quite blasé? If your hacking skills surpass the usual “gathering-personal-info-from-a-PC” and involve controlling peoples minds after they have opened an email, then you are way more advanced than I believed at first! I suggest you leave the hacking thing behind and concentrate on a career as a mind reader or a mentalist. You may want to contact Derren Brown. He loves things like this! His website is here – Derren Brown’s Website

I’m also having problems understanding the following paragraph; “Subsequently [after opening the email] you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC, And the person who o sent it to you will gain access to your name, e-mail and password.” How, exactly, do you plan to take everything from IN my PC? My graphics card, for example, is far too big to fit down the telephone line. Is it just my data you will be (trying badly) to steal? The warning was a little ambiguous.

If the claim is correct, I’m impressed that you have been able to create a virus that antivirus software is not capable of destroying! Mightily impressed! Have you thought about contacting newspapers? They love reporting on this sort of thing. You could be in for some sort of award, or a huge payout from Norton! It could even pay for you to move out from your parents after you pass your G.C.S.E.s!

And why do you call yourself ‘Life owner’? Everyone already knows that your name is Simon Ashton; it says so at the top of the email.

If you are trying to take over the world with your hacking skills, I think you may be going about it all wrong. In summary, I’d change your email subject to something more appealing, I’d learn more about computer terminology and probably get a spell checker.

If you’re not a hacker, ignore everything above.

Craig Anderson
Head of Now (twicm) renumbering
EMI.


From: “MAILER-DAEMON@yahoo.com”
To: email_4_craig@yahoo.com
Sent: Friday, 2 December 2011, 13:01
Subject: Failure Notice

Sorry, we were unable to deliver your message to the following address.

[simon***@hotmail.co.uk]
Remote host said: mailbox does not exist


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