Well, it sounds ...
... pretty stupidious to me...
There is we believe some kind of worldwide minimum standard for phishing expeditions, which demands at least a level of literacy, a false bank log-in page and a plausible alert to hook victims. If you really can't be arsed with all that, though, why not just throw out a quick email and wait for those intimate banking details to …
... pretty stupidious to me...
welcome our emergency shortlited varified problem stupidiously retrieving overlords!
how a legitimate HSBC email looks and sounds!
If his phishing career doesn't work out he could always get a job as a teacher. I hear they don't need to know how to spell either....
Don't be so rude to us teechers. I no how to spel proply like the rest of my clas. AND I can speek in Jermann to!
... how a legitimate HSBC email looks and sounds?
Yeah, except for the fact that HSBC don't send emails at all.
...to announce online credit card statement availability and to send e-magazines, but only if they have your email address and you've permitted email in their marketing options.
Except when they do....
I get one every month from HSBC saying my statement is ready.
(Fail icon for the fail icon above)
What's the odds that it's genuine, and not a phish at all?
...the word 'stupidiously'. Any suggestions for what it might mean? Maybe we could add it to the language like 'embiggen' and 'interfrastically'
To do something stupid very precisely and with great attention to detail.
"After finding out that his favourite CD was scratched and wouldn't play, Alan stupidiously replicated the scratches across the rest of his CD collection to see if the results were reproducible.
...to offer 'firstname.lastname@example.org' my most sincere, contrafibularities. I am anaspeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused him such pericombobulation.".
From Black Adder the Third. Of all the people to invent words to confuse and possibly overwhealm peoples sense of authority, I would not have thought that far off foreign scammers would!
Truly email@example.com is an idiot of unrivalled compunctuous idiocy.
stupidious - 1 definition - a truly lame act; someone that has overacheived in being an idiot.
Like MonkeyBot's example a classic would be posting on a support forum: "When you do <this> and <this> and <that> the system wipes all your data and destroys your hardware.
Which gets a response of: "Oh .... yeah. It does"
It's already in the language, or was:
Stupid, grossly unintelligent, dull. [OED]
Seems to have been out of use for about 400 years. Welcome back!
It's a perfectly cromulent word.
Giv mee ur monies LOL
I can't believe I fell for it... I'm cleaned out!
Can I stupidiously retrieve some dosh as well?
Ooh, fame at last :P
No wonder that made it through our spam filters however...... It's as clean as a baby's butt
I think El Reg readers should stump up £1 each into a HSBC bank account and then send the account details to Mr benno209. This level of eloquence needs to be encouraged.
'cos I just signed him up for a fucktonne of it
That would be a megafuckgram. (Would you send that by email, or would it be a personal visit by an actor between jobs?)
And whilst we're at it, what's the El Reg equivalent?
If memory serves, the standard unit of size and weight is the "Wales".
which is the Jimbo
Aha! Fails Wales, I think I've heard of that.
Well they did say it was "stupidiously"
I bet there are still some fools which would fall for that. I pity those fools.
Would it be unethical for a greyhat to send out phising emails like this, just to see how gullible J. Q. Public is?
Of course, such research isn't helped by the whitehats to make it their duty to reply to phisings with plausible junk, just to make the phishers life harder.
I guess the varified problem will turn out to be the customers who are stupidious enough to fall for it. I'll bet there's at least one.
You mean I've been conned, ah crap, better contact Watchdog then let that annoying whiney voiced old cow sort them out.
Hes not that old.
I know... Old joke...
the Nigerian Homer Simpson is responsible for that one...
"where's my Tab.... no time for that now, the computers starting"
"look Margumbo, I tripled my productivity by using a dipping bird to type my emails"
Next it'll be the boneidle virus email:
"Thank you for reading this email, now delete all the files from your hard drive."
That's been floating around the web for some years now, as the "Amish Computer Virus." One incarnation here: http://www.upperregister.com/~charlie/AmishVirus.html
I like the one that I get from the Inland Revenue which nearly says "Dear Valued Customer" by adding "Regards" at the end of the mail. I just try and remember the last time HMRC gave me money.
I got one this morning, too a little bit better, in the post! Is the internet cafe's there getting so expensive its cheaper to send from Africa by post?
There is always the possibility that it is not what it at first sight appears, that it is in fact a steganographically concealed or prearranged signal to agent(s) unknown. The fact that it has been sent to untold millions of others is of course cover for the agents.
So it could be quite clever, not at all stupidous.
But I remember reading something where the main character either places or receives a coded message in the homosexual male section of the personal ads. The character finds himself wondering how many of the other personal ads are in fact coded messages to other secret agents. Today, spam email would be a good replacement due to their ubiquity and invisibility by Purloined Letter methods.
I wouldn't mind a bet it's being done already. Have to be careful of spam filters, though.
All that's missing is a "kthxbai".
I liked the one I got some time ago supposedly from EBay
Very convincing layout/look and feel of a genuine eBay page. Only problem was....
... It was all in French, which I don't speak or read.
I'm sure they are anus-peptic, phrasmotic, even compunctious to have caused us all such pericombobulation.
My bank account doesn't seem to have any "enqiures", does this mean I'm not vulnerable to this scam?
Thank goodness I have founded you all here in one place. I am afraid that the internet has been hacked and we have had to lock all your bankery details to prevent frauad. Please be posting your bank details on here (IN PRIVATE WAY) for us to reinitialising your accounts and make ready your funds.
Thank you for that :-)
..what you expect from out-sourcing? The English (using the term very loosely) is believable, nowadays.
(Does it come with an offer of a free onion bhaji)?
I'm just glad the classic has been "shortlited".
For the witty commentaries after the stories! Thank you all for the entertainment!
... having gmail as a service for !
I think I'll close my gmail account if google allows people this stupid to use it!
Not the bank with HSBC but please to indicate if Royal Blank Scotland has a same stupidious problem, for which I will send the detail of my account if providing. But iis not the problem, please to decease all massage of bank.