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Feb 12 2010   4:11AM GMT

Does This Qualify for a Darwin Award?



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Tags:
Cybercrime
Darwin Awards in Security
Email security
Fraud
Security

Suzie Secretary received an email with the subject “Fire Your Boss.” She opened it. In it, she found a link which she clicked. She was taken to a website with a home page that contained this text (reproduced exactly as found):

Although this is a brand new site and a new carrier for me my main aim is to give you the oppertunity to browes this web site at your own pace to find excatly what it is you want and if we dont have it then please let us know and we will do our best to have what you want avalable.Just Email us and let us know what it is you are looking for a paticular product or eBook what ever it is you require and remember with any order you place thier is a full 30 day money back garrenty so thier is absolutly no risk of any kind wether you use the product for 1 day or 30 and then dont want the product or its not what you wanted then just send a quick Email and we will refund the money all we ask is that you delet the product from your computer.So please enjoy browsing

There were several pages on the site, all of which were sales pages with similar atrocious English. On each page was an order form asking for personal information and a credit card number. Suzie “ordered” one of the products with her credit card. She never received it. The advertised price was $49. Her credit card was charged $490. Twice. It finally dawned on her to report the fraud to her credit card company.

Duh! Some people should never be allowed near a computer.

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