Hard to believe, but Viagra spam like this must actually work

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Not all cybercriminal activity is sophisticated.

For instance, here’s a spam message I saw today, claiming to be a communication from Google:

Subject: Consideration

Message body:
Thank you for taking the time to contact us.

Within two weeks we should be able to provide you with a decision in regard to your question, and we want you to know that we will be giving your question our fullest consideration.

We would like to thank you again for your time and consideration and will be in touch with you as soon as we have some definitive information for you.

Also you can track your request by visiting our Tracking System Page.

Yours very truly, Venessa Robison.

There’s no personalisation in the email text to lure me into believing the email is genuine, no attachment containing a malware payload, and clicking on the link doesn’t even take me to a phishing webpage which will ask me to enter my Google username and password…

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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