Two massive spam runs were unleashed on the Internet today, and odds are very good that you will receive at least one of the two. Either you will be offered the opportunity to “Buy Cheap Watches (Rado,Rolex) and other products!”, or you will be told that you have received an “Electronic Federal Tax Payment System Notification number” (with some number appended at the end). Or, perhaps you’ll be extra-popular and receive both spams.
We ourselves have received dozens of copies of each spam just in the past few hours. Here is what each one looks like:
from [email protected]
sender-time Sent at 2:41 AM (GMT+03:00). Current time there: 5:52 PM. ?
reply-to [email protected]
date Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 2:41 AM
subject: Buy Cheap Watches (Rado,Rolex) and other products!
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Obviously they are hoping you’ll click on the link (which in all likelihood takes you to a watch advertisement that downloads a virus to your machine while you browse).
The second one purports to be from the Federal tax agency but the “from” addresses are all private addresses, so you would think people wouldn’t fall for it, but you’d be wrong:
from Vern Crabtree
sender-time Sent at 7:09 AM (GMT+03:00). Current time there: 5:51 PM. ?
date Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 7:09 AM
subject Electronic Federal Tax Payment System Notification number 0103636076
Notification: Your Federal Tax Payment has been rejected
The problem is that system doesn’t process your company ID on holidays
and we movied your tax payment batch to awaiting list.
Status of your Tax Payment is Under Review.
To get more details about your company status and tax payment batch file, go to
Also forward information to your accountant adviser.
You are using an Official United States Government System, which may be used only for authorized purposes.
Unauthorized modification of any information stored on this system may result in criminal prosecution.
The Government may monitor and audit the usage of this system, and all persons are hereby notified that
the use of this system constitutes consent to such monitoring and auditing. Unauthorized attempts to
upload information and/or change information on this web site are strictly prohibited and are subject to
prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and Title 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1001 and 1030.
So, did you get either of these today?