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A number of you have reported to me and to my bosses wondering if the message below is legit or not. It is a SPAM attack and please ignore it. Many of you instantly recognized it as a bogus message but some of you did not. While this message lacks some of the characteristics of a typical Phishing message, there were several identifiable traits noted in one of my earlier Phishing messages. Let’s take a quick look – my comments are in bold.
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From: Gail M Walker [mailto:GWalker@matcmadison.edu] email address from sender – not an Ivy Tech address, folks. This one is coming
The Madison Area Technical College – while I’m sure they are nice folks, they
probably don’t care how much email space you’re using Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:49 PM
To: info Believe me, if the techies know you’ve exceeded your space, they know who you are
and they’ll address the email directly to you. Everyone on the list cannot have
exceeded their quota.
Subject: Your Mailbox Has Exceeded It Storage Limit
Your mailbox has exceeded the storage limit which is 20GB as set by your administrator, you are currently running on 20.9GB, you may not be able to send or receive new mail until you re-validate your mailbox. To re-validate your mailbox please CLICK HERE
We are not going to ask you to re-validate anything. The system message you’ll receive if you exceed your storage limits, will suggest
you delete or archive emails. If you hover your cursor over the link, you’ll see it directs you to a game-url link which is another
Thanks again for all who alertly caught this as a SPAM message. Your best policy is always to delete any email from a sender you don’t know or one which you can’t imagine the sender sending you. We’ve seen a few of those “Help me I was on vacation and robbed” messages coming through this week as well as a few “Dude get rich” emails. All are bogus and should be deleted.
This phishing alert was sponsored by Pugnacious Pammie’s proposal to ban Steering Wheel Laptop desks in Lyndon. Yes, you can buy a Laptop Desk that hooks over your steering wheel allowing you to type and drive at the same time. After her near death experience with the dump trucker in Carmel, Pammie has become a Pugnacious traffic monitor and when she saw the Laptop Desk advertised on line, she promptly marched on City Hall and interrupted the town council in the middle of their annual debate to rename America the Beautiful Way and insisted they pass a city ordinance banning Steering Wheel Laptop Desks from Lyndon vehicles. The council members muttered something about civil liberties and research but Pammie was having none of it. She stormed out, sat at her trusty laptop – unattached to any steering wheels – and pounded out a proposed Ordinance. She’s now gathering signatures and has gotten several local establishments including Bob’s Bowl-a-rama and Fine Casual Dining, Tom’s Tires, Batteries, Towing and Counseling Services, Viktor’s Vega’s and Stephanie’s Stupendous Styling and Tanning Center to put out signature lists for supporters to sign. She knows if she gets enough signatures, the council will hear the cry of the mighty voter and will at least move to put the ordinance on a future agenda for further discussion. So, if you support Pammie’s proposal, look for her petition posted at one of the local Lyndon businesses.