Comments

Dennis King January 30, 2013

Wow, the article just put a lot of fear than I thought it would. It’s frightening to think that these supposed random e-mails are actually acting like candy treats before the big meal is fully served by these scammers. But I guess it’s very important for it to do that considering that some of the commenters here and perhaps the readers truly believe that spam is already on dwindling and that these people will only begin to feel very much comfortable or relaxed when it comes to inboxes. Then boom! They’re hit with such a huge dilemma of identity theft.

George Carlisle January 31, 2013

In other words, there’s no such thing as a nonsense spam. As I can understand from the article, all those spam mails have their purposes, some of which may not be easily understood by users. But then they are there for a reason. So isn’t the word “nonsense” an incorrect word to use? Well, anyway, thanks for this article since I still gained something informative out of it. I never really thought that spam may be used by scammers or phishers to delay the discovery of their work. That’s a very interesting and I believe truthful take on their tactic.

Laura February 2, 2013

You need to write more about this. I myself consider pretty knowledgeable about security in general and I must admit it didn’t occur to me that the purpose of these nonsense emails is to distract attention. This is very serious and if necessary, please repeat it a dozen times till users become aware of it. They all know not to click links and download attachments but it’s hardly that widespread not to trash emails in bulk simply because the majority of it is nonsense spam.

Anja Celeste June 2, 2013

Yes, George, this post basically tells us that nonsense spam does not really exist. Or that they are not what they seem to be. The purpose of this so-called nonsense spam is to trick email users without making it obvious. Or without alerting anti-spam authorities immediately. Yes, it is a scary thought, but I think we all knew somehow that something like this was already happening. I agree with Laura, though, we need to find out all the information that we can about stuff like this, or else we will all fall into a trap that we ourselves helped create.

Yun May 6, 2014

This is EXACTLY what happened to me today. The random email stream start coming to my account around the time my bank called me about someone trying to transfer a large sum of fund from my account. I immediately realized that these emails were cover-up. The on-line thief actually changed all my phone numbers in my bank account. Good thing that I had a way to have my bank to keep my phone number secured so that it could never be changed by usual means. Thank you, Malcolm, for this article. This is only one I found on-line in the last hours or so that directly relates to my case. A warning to everybody: this is real, take it seriously!

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