It’s all your ISP’s fault

Last month I reeled in a phish which contained the following “explanation”:

NOTE: If you received this message in you SPAM/BULK folder, that is because of the large amount of e-mails we are sending out or because of the restrictions implemented by your ISP.

Apparently this bit of verbiage has caught on among net.predators. Jeffro picked up one claiming to be from the NCUA:

© Copyright © 2008 National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).
Note:

  • If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, that is because of the restrictions implemented by your ISP
  • For security reasons, we will record your ip address, the date and time.
  • Deliberate wrong imputs are criminally pursued and indicted.

Note the Double Secret Copyright symbols. You may have seen “deliberate wrong inputs” — as opposed to “imputs,” to which I am indeed opposed — here.

If nothing else, this proves that the level of honor among thieves is even lower than you thought: they’re stealing from themselves.





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