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It may be a Dark Rainy Monday morning but I feel so Lucky - I've won a holiday and a fortune!

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I've been browsing through my junk email - I'm not quite sure why I'm bothering to do so though sometimes I find a couple of entertaining messages.

I particularly like the one that starts "Dear Member, you've been selected for a free holiday...", which is followed by a lovely picture of a beach et al. Where am I supposed to be a member of?

Another bizarre one is titled "How I legally rob banks" - hmmm. Opening the message reveals a professional looking image that looks like a book cover.

To accept either kind offer all I have to do is to click on the pretty image...which links directly to JavaScript on a wierd looking host. Perhaps I won't do that :-)

I wonder how many people fall for such scams. I guess enough people must do so otherwise the F£31n5 Spammers wouldn't bother.

Incidentally I investigate interesting security matters using a virtual machine that's configured not to save the changes hence when I turn it off all is gone. I'm also careful to ensure that I use least privilege and that the virtual machine is isolated from other hosts on the network.

  • I suppose at least "Dear Member" is a bit more polite than "Dear [synonym of member]".

  • :-)

  • I'm never that lucky. Fortunately though people keep offering me cheap Valium so I don't care :-)

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