星期四, March 05th, 2009 | 笔者:

Why is it that we’re so gullible?

I even considered for a whole second that my colleague had cross-checked the following SPAM before posting it on our IRL noticeboard. Please note that the following text originally had really bad-for-your-eyes fonts and colours. 😉

Urgent Warning from
Cell C, Vodacom公司 & MTN!

[business card of aLegal Representativeof the Special Investigating Unit]

Dear All,
If you receive a phone call on your mobile from any person, saying that, he or she is
a company engineer, or saying that they’re checking your mobile line, and you have
to press # 90 或 #09 or any other number.
End this call immediately without pressing any numbers.
There is a fraud company using a device that once you press #90 或 #09 they can
访问您的“SIM卡’ 卡并拨打电话公司的费用.
这个消息转发给尽可能多的朋友,你可以, 停止它.
显示器 (XALAN) 在屏幕上不接听电话, 结束通话立即,
如果接听电话, 你的手机会被病毒感染。.
卡, 这将让你的手机无法与电话网络连接. 您
将要新买的手机. 该信息已被证实双方摩托罗拉

这让我想到的第一件事情是在页面的顶部表示权威文本. 现在, bear in mind this is on a noticeboardnot my inbox where my anti-spam senses are at their peak.

Who could possibly have the authority to say they’re sending out a notification on behalf of each of South Africa’s tri-opoly of GSM providers? 好, so its someSpecialLegal team that sounds government-type. They’re legitit turns 出 – but they probably don’t have enough time to take my call asking if this is all true. Absolutely everything on the Internet must be true, especially anything I say. 😛

So anyway, now that we’re over the silliness, let’s break this hoax down:

Official Documentation

Bar a business card, which is hardly standard in any industry, there is no official contact information. I’d expect at least a letterhead or a misguided trailing disclaimer.


实际上有 2 这里通知关于单独的威胁,但它是不是很明显没有充分阅读文本. 这是因为分段的能力和语法都很差. 政府机构通常不发出不良的措辞或paragraphed文档. 还, 为什么不单独发布关于各种威胁的单独通知?

酸橙 绿色??? 的Bleh


这种类型的任何警告无疑将提供进一步的信息或宣传的网上存在 机构. 还, 也许他们会喜欢你给有关情况反馈或者他们希望我们进一步报告可疑活动. 但不是. 无. 只是具体代表的名片. 如果这个家伙死, 找到一个更好的工作, 或 树叶 国内?

“有一个诈骗公司 … “

这意味着,他们没有任何线索是谁. 这是一个广泛的和被动的声明. 问每当有人说 “他们” 或 “人谁”. 这是谁 “诈骗公司”? 哪里 “那里”? 为什么没有这条裂缝政府法律团队 (谁有权使用锁子甲传播警告) 让我们知道通过其超级强大的连锁网络邮件?


我的, 天啊. 这条线可能已在每一个连锁信 / 社会工程病毒 (我特别的定义) 由于切片面包.


他们试图阻止你想为自己和尝试独立核实他们的要求. 他们说 “你是愚蠢的检查. 我们已经检查了你. :-ð”. 当然, 事实上, 他们只是想利用我们轻信自然的优势.

“#90 or #09” 和 “XALAN”

There isn’t any way for you to verify this. 再次, question everything. Google’s first page of results is riddled with the wordsCell phone warning hoax”. duh.

If you get a message like the above from your friends, reply and tell them to stop sending spamand maybe give them a link to this page so they know why. 🙂

您可以通过,这是一条任何反应 RSS 2.0 饲料. 您可以 留下回应, 或 引用通告 从您自己的网站.

5 回复

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  2. 2

    A moment of clarity. That person is a f***ing idiot. Fact. 🙂

  3. 3

    My mom reads this blog. o.O


  4. 4

    I remember at wa, many often used to send them to the office mailinglist. 的Bleh. how annoying.
    Dont worry, f**k is in the dictionary. 🙂

  5. 5

    quite similar to them petitions against terrible things. ie type your name here and pass it on to everyone you know
    Like it matters.. Oh sure, thats doing your part. C R A I G. Done. 🙂 Ive now saved a million people from starvation.

    You watched that Futurama movie(well thers 3, but i cant recall the particular one) but the one where each one of them falls in the trap of spam? Classic.

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