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What ever next - I've received a Phishing email written in German

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I received an email that was written in German - my instinctive response was to reply stating that I did not understand, then my paranoia got the better of me so I copied the text into Babelfish and found that the message was actually an attempt to get me to reply by disclosing personal information. Thinking about it I guess such messages are in circulation all over the internet in many different languages - it's surprising that I've only ever recieved English/American ones.

For any comedians out there I'm not asking you to send me any as I'm certainly not collecting them!

  • Steve, beeing in germany, most of the phishing mails still are in ... english :-) WM_FYI

  • I thought it was good practice not to reply to any email that you do not recognise the sender of. I receieve over 20 hoax/phishing emails a day, in a variety of languages and styles. I generally think if it is above board the person will attempt to contact me in a way we both understand and that is secure.

  • I consider it best policy not to respond to any mails that I do not recognise the sender of. If it really is above board they will contact me again.

  • I absolutely agree that it's best not to reply to senders you don't recognise but I often receive valid messages from people I don't know.

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