When Spam Looks Really Real


I received an email today.  It appeared real.  Anyone might have thought it real.  Here is how it read.


This is to remind that a new version of Adobe Acrobat Reader 2012 with enhanced features for viewing, creating, editing, printing and internet-sharing PDF documents has been released.
To upgrade your application:

+ Go to http://www.2012-acrobat-software-upgrade.com
+ Get your options, download and upgrade.

Copyright 2012 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.
Adobe Systems Incorporated
343 Preston Street
Ottawa, ON K1S 1N4

THIS IS A HOAX.  For starters, Adobe Reader is at version X (10), specifically 10.1.3.  It has never been referred to by year.  Next, Adobe does not send email notifications of upgrades, not even to me, a registered user.  Upgrade notices are generated by the program when you use it or by a memory-resident icon on the taskbar, never by email.

What will happen if you download the program from the spam email site?  I can’t tell you.  I had no interest in being the guinea pig.  What I can tell you is that anyone who so clearly violates trade name rules, is up to no good. 

This has been your spam warning for the day!

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1 Response to "When Spam Looks Really Real"

  1. Anonymous Says:
    May 28, 2012 2:10 PM

    You know i dont usual comment, but i genuinely like your blog and i thought i would introduce myself. I have been reading it for awhile but this is my 1st comment.

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