May 13th, 2011

Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

Spammity spammity how we love thee

Today... THIS:

*****SPAM***** JOB OFFER

Spam detection software, running on the system "DiskStation", has
identified this incoming email as possible spam. The original message
has been attached to this so you can view it (if it isn't spam) or label
similar future email. If you have any questions, see
admin for details.

COMMENT: The thing comes in SELF-IDENTIFYING as spam. In the header. And then it tells you that indeterminate "spam detection software" running on the system "DiskStation" (eh? whut that?) has identified the incoming email as spam. AND THEN IT TELLS YOU THAT THE ORIGINAL MESSAGE HAS BEEN ATTACHED SO THAT YOU CAN VIEW IT (COMPLETE WITH DODGY ATTACHMENT).

The rest of the message is self-evident spam:

Content preview: Hello, May I start by Introducing the Company I represent.
China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), is a state-owned company founded in February 15, 1982. It is one of the Largest state-owned,as well as the largest offshore oil and gas producer.It is authorized to cooperate with foreign individuals and partners for oil and gas exploitation
in China's offshore areas. [...]
Content analysis details: (7.9 points, 5.0 required)

followed by attachment "JOB_OFFER.eml" (it isn't even a file type I recognise. And if you need to send me a job offer - from a CHINESE OIL CORPORATION - in a format which I don't immediately recognise and identify as appropriate and obvious, you can be absolutely certain that I won't go anywhere near it with the proverbial ten foot pole. But I can see some people, more innocent or more ignorant or just more instinctive, who would. And WILL. And might rue this particular Friday the 13th for a very long time.)

Now. Please. DO go and click on the attachment, just to verify that it isn't spam, you know.


There are times you just want to smack the Internet on the head and tell it to stop being such a PROCURER.

Of course, if you are legitimately expecting a job offer from a Chinese Offshore Oil Company, good luck to you (although the last I heard China - while it may have oil reserves of its own - was hardly on the map as a major oil exploiter or provider or producer or even a middleman shipper (what was the last supertanker you saw with a CHinese registration?) and so I'd be doubly wary when an unexpected geographical location suddenly starts "producing", in commercially viable quantities, a product which I've never before heard associated with it...) For the rest of us, don't quit your day job to go drilling for oil off the coat of China. Please. And if you do, don't ever email me again because your computer will be gushing spam or other more dangerous stuff like... like a blown Chinese oilwell.