If you spend any significant time on the internet, you’ve probably seen phishing email scams like fake login requests from Paypal, eBay or some banking institution. You probably also know what 419 fraud emails are, also known and Nigerian Scam mails. Well now, we’ve got worms!
This is actually nothing new, but proliferation of this email has been spreading like crazy in the last week and I am starting to get TONS of these lately on a few of my email accounts:
From: Abuse Team [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, July 09, 2007 12:31 AM
Our robot has detected an abnormal activity from your IP address
on sending e-mails. Probably it is connected with the last epidemic
of a worm which does not have official patches at the moment.
We recommend you to install this patch to remove worm files
and stop email sending, otherwise your account will be blocked.
Now I know many of you seasoned folks will know exactly what this is, but in an age where everyone and their monkey can start a website or surf the net, I can see tons of people falling for this and clicking the link that downloads God-knows-what. So guys, this is a warning to all that this is a bull-crap scam email! They make it appear as a friendly email from a concerned ISP or Web-Host has detected an internet worm sending out bucket-loads of emails from your IP. So ignore it and delete the email or report it to spamcop.
Be safe and flee the worms of the intarweb!