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so..........the CIA loves me at least

by jonah jones / November 21, 2005 6:42 PM PST

Dear Sir/Madam,

we have logged your IP-address on more than 30 illegal Websites.

Important:
Please answer our questions!
The list of questions are attached.


Yours faithfully,
Steven Allison


++++ Central Intelligence Agency -CIA-
++++ Office of Public Affairs
++++ Washington, D.C. 20505

++++ phone: (703) 482-0623
++++ 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., US Eastern time


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


VIRUS WARNING Message (from ***.******.net)

The virus W32/Sober-Z was detected in email attachment [2.2] question_list.zip. The infected attachment has been deleted.

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Not the CIA of course...
by EdH / November 21, 2005 8:49 PM PST
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Ed, as social engineering scams go,...
by Paul C / November 21, 2005 9:03 PM PST

...this one's far from brilliant, IMO.

For such a trick to work, it first has to be believable. Who on earth except the terminally naive or hopelessly paranoid are going to believe that the Central Intelligence Agency is engaging in that level of monitoring - and would admit to it?

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While I agree...
by EdH / November 21, 2005 9:12 PM PST

I am constantly astounded at the level of naivite or paranoia in some people, even on this forum. I guarantee some people would belive it; in fact I might even know some personally.

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(NT) (NT) the same people here who have tin foil hats
by Mark5019 / November 21, 2005 11:04 PM PST
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Especially as
by Cindi Haynes / November 22, 2005 2:46 AM PST

Since they have your IP address and know which "illegal sites" you've visited, they could surely be more specific than Dear Sir/Madam!

--Cindi

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You to
by kmarchal / November 21, 2005 9:26 PM PST
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They must love me, too
by Bill Osler / November 22, 2005 7:19 AM PST

I don't know what the message said ... my ISPs virus scanner stopped it before downloading, and they basically won't let users look at anything but headers. Their site listed the same virus you were sent.

The subject line, though, was clearly intended to attract attention:
"You visit illegal web sites"
As if!

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