Ecard adult dating spam tempts with risque photos and videos

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

At the weekend I received a curious email with the subject line “Important ecard notification”.

Having worked in the computer security industry for many years, I knew it was likely to be up to no good, but I was quite bemused by the other email addresses it had cc’d into the message.

Wow – that’s my old email address from when I used to work at the late, lamented Dr Solomon’s anti-virus company – I haven’t had access to that email address since the 20th century, but somehow the spammers have managed to grab it.

And Lord knows where they’ve got that Microsoft address from – maybe they know something I don’t? I wasn’t even aware that I’d ever worked for them!

You shouldn’t, of course, click on links sent to you in unsolicited messages like this. Even if you do know someone called Bertha.

But I bravely investigated on your behalf. And if you do follow the link, you get taken to a webpage which has a message designed especially for you.

Lover,
This is hard for me because I have never done anything like this.. but I have a huge crush on you. I have never been able to tell you for reasons which you would quickly identify as obvious if you knew who this was.

To help you out with your guessing I made a few pictures and videos with “Lover” written on my body. They’re kind of risque photos so I had to make a profile at My Site and post them there. My username in the members area is “LoverandME200”

You’ve only got 30 minutes to signup & secure anonymous verify your identity before they expire. I only have 1 chance to find you I don’t want to regret this.. Please hurry…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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