TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Last Laugh! The Sickest Phish Yet!

Last Laugh! The Sickest Phish Yet!

Stella (
Sun, 14 Jan 2007 16:59:37 -0600

SophosLabs, Sophos's global network of virus, spyware and spam
analysis centers, have warned of a spammed-out email that pretends to
come from a professional hitman, hired to kill the recipient, but are
really interested in stealing money.

The emails claim that the recipient has been stalked by a hired
assassin for 10 days, but that the hitman is prepared to drop the
contract if he is paid a total of $80,000. Upon receiving an initial
advance payment of $20,000 the hitman claims that he will produce
taped evidence of the contract to kill the reader of the email.

Part of the email, which start with a cheery greeting of "Good day"
and can have a subject line of "Read this to be safe and a new life in
this new year", reads:

"This is surely one of the sickest phishes yet seen -- the intention of
this email is quite clearly to frighten the recipient into coughing up a
substantial amount of money or, at the very least, their bank account
details," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos.
"Innocent, vulnerable people could be scared into believing that the
contents of the email are truthful, while the not-so-innocent are
arguably even more likely to be hoodwinked. It may be hugely unnerving
to receive such threats, but the only way to stop the distribution of
these messages is for users to stop responding."

If you wish to see what this phish looks like, please follow this

Scam Email Blackmails With Death Threat

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