Archive for October 27th, 2009

27
Oct
09

Spam…from friends

Can someone of a technically-minded nature explain this to me, as it’s beyond my capacities? Yesterday evening I received an email from a girl I knew in college. “Fabulous,” I thought, as I hadn’t heard from her in a while. This is a girl I always had a lot of time for, and I was interested to hear what she’s up to. However, the body of the email was a little weird.

Dear friend,
I am willing to give you a big surprise. I found
a website:  [I removed the link] last week. They mainly sell phones ,
laptops, tvs ,digital cameras and motorbikes. I ordered a tv . now I
have got the product after 5 days. Its quality is very good.
By the
way, they only sell new and original products and their products have
international warranty. Now , they are promoting their products, so
the prices are very competitives. If you need these products, you can
have a look. Don not miss the good chance !
Best wishes!

Clearly it’s spam. Even without the meaningless HTML symbols, I can’t imagine any situation where a girl I haven’t seen in a while would open an email with “I am willing to give you a big surprise”. I checked the website out, and it appears to be some Chinese operation. There were a few bugs. The layout wasn’t bad, but it could be better. I could be legit, but I’m not going to buy anything from it.

This might make be seem foolish, maybe this is a common problem, but I’ve never encountered this before. Is it possible for bots to send spam from legitimate email addresses?

EDIT: This is amazing. I’m now getting Facebook messages from someone I know claiming to be a “cool video”, but is actually a trojan download. What is this?