Wow – about as bad an effort at phishing as I have ever seen

Just got this phishing email.  Wow.  Really poorly done.  Wonder if anyone clicks on the link?


Dear UC Davis Email User,

You have exceeded Your UC Davis Email quota limit of 2.5GB
and you are advice to expand your UC Davis Email quota limit
within the next 72hrs of notification. So therefore you are
to upgrade your UC Davis Email quota limit to 5GB. By using
the below link to upgrade your UC Davis Email account.


http://www.totallyfake.net/phpForms/use/WebmasterUpgrade/form1.html (NOTE I HAVE CHANGED THE DOMAIN NAME SO AS NOT TO RISK ANYONE CLICKING ON SOMETHING BAD)

Failure to upgrade, we shall de-activate your UC Davis Email
account from our database.

Sign
Management.
UC Davis Email Administrator.

Thank you for using UC Davis Email Service.

Copyright © The Regents of the University of California, Davis campus. All
rights reserved.

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

2 thoughts on “Wow – about as bad an effort at phishing as I have ever seen”

  1. Some people inevitably do. I think it's the same principle as in the “Nigerian” scams. They don't want to be wasting their time with people who can spot such things, so they make it entirely obvious for them, ensuring that only the most easily snookered actually click through. Since sending these e-mails is so cheap, their biggest problem is losing time on false positives.

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