I’m Not Even Sure What This Scam Is Trying to Accomplish
Guys, I've tried to keep you informed when we see a new scam out there. I mean, as much as we can, right?
I'm sure a time or two you've seen some random emails in your inbox, and you've just sent them straight to the trash can. Or at least, for the most part, I have. But every now and then I see one and decide to share it with you.
This one I decided to show you, for two reasons. One, it's just... odd. Two, the attachment says "Your BTC 2". Let's get rid of the second reason first. I do not bank with BTC bank, but I can tell you that BTC bank is not going to send you an email like this. Never. If BTC bank has any official documents to send you via email, they're not going to send it to you from an Outlook email address. This reminds me of a thing a few years ago, where a kid tried to cancel school by sending in an email to us from "Superintendent200@Hotmail.com". No, guys, official emails will come from real company email addresses because those companies have to document and cover their tracks.
Admittedly this time they tried a little harder by pretending this is from one person named James, who is sending this to me and two other people I don't know (who, judging from the numbers in their addresses, aren't real or throwaway email addresses). But look at this mess.
I guess the numbers are supposed to make me think this is....what, the Dharma Initiative? I've been bitten by that polar bear with a smoke monster once before. No thank you. Those aren't account numbers. And what is that they said at the end?
"who a to ourselves we dragon forthwith devour a held you husband would ready"
That.... doesn't even make sense. It's like someone saw some English words and decided to post them at the end of the email to make it look legit. But they didn't, you know, bother to find out what the words actually mean. Maybe that would fool someone not familiar with the English language, but... come on, guys. You're not even trying to steal the tiny amounts of money I have.
I guess what they want you to do is download the attachment, or email them back and ask them what's up, and then they tell you that you owe them money or some nonsense like that. Just delete them.
So yeah, if you get a random email with a ton of numbers, don't download the attachment, whatever you do.
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