The title of this spam scam was so intriguing, I just had to try it out – and then clean the malware off my computer.
This is a classic bait and switch scam where the title is meant to lure you in, then it tantalizes you with little information requiring you to click on their link to learn what it’s really about. Given the title, I suspect this will have particular appeal to Michael Jackson fans and younger users – who may also be more inclined to take the risk and click.
Test Your Skills
You should be able to find at least seven red flags that tell you this e-mail is fraudulent. Click on the picture below to see the answers, but try to find them yourself, first. If you find seven, you’re a pro with little to worry about. If you find fewer than ten, consider practicing on some more of our spam scam examples.
Here are the red flags that show this is a scam:
- The subject doesn’t tell you what the email is about, and a quick web search on the subject shows you it’s a known spam
- The email comes from someone you’ve never heard of, and when you hover over the name it shows the actual email address is yours …. And you’re pretty sure you didn’t send it to yourself
- You’ve never subscribed to an Info-mine email
- They offer a link to unsubscribe to an email service you never subscribed to and uses the same URL for everything else on the page – which takes you to a site selling bogus pharmaceuticals.
- Clicking on EventsMine takes you to a site selling bogus pharmaceuticals.
- Clicking on ‘Left click on this text to view the picture” takes you to a site selling bogus pharmaceuticals (check out the URL by hovering – NOT CLICKING – over the links to see it appear at the bottom of the email)
- The spam tries one more time to hook you by again offering to let you ‘unsubscribe’.
It may be time to update the age-old proverb about curiosity and the cat, to being curiosity killed the computer.