They are getting smarter

“We are conducting another system enhancement to improve Gmail security. Periodically we will need you to verify your identity. Please proceed right away by providing us with the information; user name password birth date country [all four concepts were put in brackets in the original mail, however when I try to post them like they are in the mail, the info inside the brackets disappear].
Refusal to verify your information will result to the account been permanently closed.
Gmail a bit easier

The Gmail Team”

Sent by “”, the title of the mail is ‘Verify your Gmail’. Most spam contains a narrative about a big potential upside that you will forego if you do not react, but few spammers have figured out how to exploit loss aversion as well as this mail. You can lose you email-account if you don’t give them the info they need right away. I think it’s the most convincing spam-mail I’ve gotten yet.

To anyone who’s in doubt if this is spam: If you’re even reasonably sure it’s not, you should be shorting Google’s stock bigtime.

December 13, 2010 - Posted by | Psychology, Random stuff


  1. Minder mig om Hotmail i gamle dage, hvor det var almindeligt at få kædemails, der påbød, at man videresendte den til alle sine kontakter, så Hotmail-teamet kunne se, at ens konto var aktiv.

    Comment by Lasse Birk Olesen | December 16, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hæh, sådan en har jeg aldrig fået. Lusket.

    Jeg har i øvrigt lagt mærke til, at spamkommentarer som tages af filteret på bloggen generelt indeholder langt flere komplimenter end standard mail-spam: “excellent post”, “what a brilliant piece”, “very good stuff”, “I only just recently found your blog but I love it already!” ect. ect. Det er som om at de tror, at hvis de bare siger noget pænt om dig vil du lade kommentaren stå – også selvom kommentaren er skrevet af ‘Tiffany’s handbags for sale’ eller lignende, og (af indlysende grunde) ikke indeholder så meget som en eneste tilkendegivelse af, at personen(?) overhovedet har læst posten.

    Comment by US | December 17, 2010 | Reply

  3. “Hæh, sådan en har jeg aldrig fået.”

    Du må have mindre naive venner.

    Comment by Lasse Birk Olesen | December 18, 2010 | Reply

  4. Eller måske bare færre venner…

    (sandsynligheden for at modtage sådan en mail er strengt voksende i antallet af mennesker som har dig på deres mailingliste)

    Comment by US | December 18, 2010 | Reply

  5. Endnu en til samlingen:


    We are having congestion due to the anonymous registration of free Windows Live Account therefore we are shutting down some Windows Live Account and your account is among those to be deleted,we are sending you this email to enable you re-confirm your account details in order to commence immediate upgrading of your account from being deleted. If you still have the interest of proceeding your account with us kindly re-confirm your account by filling the space below after clicking the reply button.

    * Username: ………………………………….
    * Password: …………………………………..
    * Date of Birth: ……………………………….
    * Country Or Territory: …………………….

    * Alternative email if any: ………………………
    * Password: …………………………..

    After following the instructions in the sheet your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal.Thank for your attention to this request.We apologize for any inconveniences.

    Users have often told us that the more they use Windows Live! Service, the more they discover its benefits. We’ll keep working on making Windows Live! the best email service around, and we appreciate your joining us for the ride.

    Windows Live Account Services

    Comment by WilliamJansen | December 19, 2010 | Reply

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