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I'd like to thank.... This week's SPAM AWARDS

Editorial Staff

Thanks to all the scammers who make is sooooo easy to send their mails to the bin unread.

But we've been digging around in the spam-trap because sometimes we find things that make us smile.

Here's this week's SPAM AWARDS

The "inconsistent name award" goes to the idiot who used the name "Kimberly L Harrison" in his phishing mail purporting to be from Malaysian bank CIMB. It does have some senior staff with European names but it's unlikely to be someone called "Kimberley" Anyway: it's faked from another .edu address (sorry to anyone with a genuine .edu address who writes to us and doesn't get a response - mail from them never reaches real people and is consigned automatically to the bin and immediately delete). Why? In the past 24 hours we've had three discrete banking phishing scams purportedly from .edu addresses and its been going on for years. We can't be bothered to monitor it manually any longer.

The "Ooops: it's not really spam" award goes to the spammer who wrote to our pal Jefferson Galt about his Yahoo mail address in France - in French. The mail says something like "we're thinking about blocking your account so you'd better change your password." It's sent to his back up address from what seems to be the ultra-dodgy domain of cc.yahoo-inc.com. And, of course, his spam filters (which we manage because we manage his website) sent it direct to the bin. But... funny story... it's not a spam-scam. It really is from Yahoo and the links in the mail are genuine links to address security in the light of the (unmentioned in the mail) security failures which, readers should not need to be reminded, Yahoo recently said had not resulted in compromised passwords. Is there no limit to their stupidity?

Translated by (haha) Google Translate


Hello Jefferson,

Currently, your account is not activated for the connection from applications that do not conform to the safety standards (for example, older versions application messaging and calendar such as Outlook). Therefore, we have prevented a connection to your Yahoo account (* jefferson.galt*).

Date and time: October 10, 2017 12:10:40 PDT place: Russia (IP:

We recommend you strongly to move to applications such as Yahoo Mail Yahoo on computer and mobile devices, and remove your account from all other less secure applications.

If you wish to continue using an application using a less secure connection, go to https://login.yahoo.com/accoun... and select the option allow applications that use the connection less secure. This choice * not * recommended and your account may be more vulnerable. For more information, please visit our help page at this address: https://help.yahoo.com/kb/SLN2... < https://help.yahoo.com/kb/inde... >.

Yahoo has blocked this attempt to connect; If it looks suspicious or is not an application you are using, go to https://login.yahoo.com/accoun... and change the password of your account.

You receive this notification, because the [redacted] email address is listed as recovery for [redacted] yahoo.fr email address.

Kind regards


Do not answer this e-mail.

Absolutely love the brutal final statement that sounds so much sexier in French: "Ne pas répondre à ce mail."