February 03, 2005

She put the Wamu on me

Some of you may know that I am a connoisseur of spoof e-mails, in which some scammer or other attempts to get people to give up their bank account info by sending out e-mails that emulate the look of official bank e-mails, but redirect victims to fake sites that harvest their account number and password. Many of these e-mails are very skillfully constructed and tricky to spot without paying checking to see if the links actually go where they claim to go. But not all of them. Here's one from "Washington" "Mutual":

Happy New Year!

Dear Valued Client, the management and staff would like to take this opportunity to thank all customers and affiliates for their loyalty and business during 2004. In the forthcoming years, we endeavour to provide new products and services in order to meet the needs of this ever-changing financial market. As our customer, we will keep you informed on our special offers and new products and services that may be of interest to you. Happy New Year to you from everyone at Wamu.

We offer you special discounts in all stores all over USA with your credit card and a special cupon offered free by our bank.This offer includes over 15000 shops located all over the country.

This is our New Year gift for our clients so please don`t miss this special occasion

All you have to do is to login in to your account and confirm your name and login and in 72 hours you will have your cupon. Please click below.

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Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.Happy New Year.

If you choose to ignore our request, you will lose the offer.!

Thank you for using WAMU!

Copyediting this letter is left as an exercise for the reader.

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