Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The comedy of the contemptibly inadequate

I received three emails in my spam inbox sometime in the wee hours. What made them special?

Each allegedly originated from an entirely different email address, each with its own server (which I won't share, because in all likelihood they were harvested by scammers). The text of each email contained a different reply-to address that was different from the allegedly 'sent' address. All three reply-to addresses were the same sort of suggestive name: "passionatetigress88@gmail.com," "lionesslonely1988@gmail.com," and "beautekitty88@gmail.com."

The text from all three emails was identical in content, but each attempted variation by the way the paragraphs were structured. The contents of all three were:

Hello!

I'm a modest girl and do not know what to write, but for the sake of happiness, i need to overcome my fears. 

My name is Lola, i am 30 years old now.

We live in the modern world and many people love to look for a soul mate over the Internet.
I consider myself as a determined, honest, cheerful.

Most importantly is the fact that my heart is open for love!

In the next letter I will be able to tell you more about me and of course will send my photos.

If you are interested, please write to my personal e-mail - [email address here]

Lola.
 


What struck me the most about this is that the culprits who are utilizing this deception for nefarious purposes aren't in the least bit clever.

Think about it. Why go through all the trouble to create a false identity, imbue it with allegedly enticing elements for some lonely 30-something (or more insidiously, a much older age range of those who may think they could actually encourage the 'poor girl'), spoof Sent addresses with illegally harvested email addresses, create new email addresses on Gmail to use for the actual scam correspondence... and then send three of them out in succession, so that any person with two functioning neurons could surmise they were being conned?

Better yet, as these emails all came in at different times during the early morning hours, how likely is it that there is a central producer of this humbug who makes it available, and then a bunch of low IQ, wannabe America-fleecers living outside the United States who grab it and use it like a Borg collective that literally can't entertain an original thought?

If these are the dangerous 'hackers' so many live in fear of, I'd say go ahead and get a good night's sleep. Real hackers don't waste their time on this sort of nonsense, they're actually solving legitimate problems and puzzles with their skills. Email and phone scams are the purview of the pathetic.

For an amusing demonstration of how truly bereft of a clue these digital grifters are, here is some discourse between a phone scammer and someone who routinely hacks them and mocks them on YouTube (warning: some foul language):

I put a SYSKEY on a scammers pc and he RAGED! [SYSKEY'D]