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Publisher Asserts That This Content Is Safe

This piece of spam is so interesting that I'm going to write three entries about it. This is part one, and it's all about how deceptive the email is. The email consisted of a single clickable image, and a copy of it is shown below.




Before analyzing the image at all, I'd like to point out that, regardless of the content, images like this drive me up a wall, because they are intended to deceive people who aren't computer savvy. You know what I'm talking about, right? People who aren't overly familiar with computers get fooled into thinking that this is actually an honest-to-goodness window, and click on it, expecting it to behave like a regular window. This is both annoying and deceptive, and is our second tip that we shouldn't do business with these people.

(The first tip, of course, was that they sent unsolicited emails in the first place.)

Secondly, the stupid image was sent as a bitmap. You know what that means, right? The size of it was about a fifth of a megabyte. Very annoying for people on dialup.

Now take a close look at this image. Take a look at the text of the image. What does it say? It says that Microsoft Windows Publisher "asserts that this content is safe". And to this I have two simple questions:

1. Is this a Microsoft Product we are being invited to download? Because if it's NOT, why would Microsoft be asserting anything about it, and why would we care what Microsoft thinks of this product?

2. And even if it is a Microsoft Product, what in the world does Microsoft Publisher have to do with an Anti-Spyware software product?

Okay, clearly, we aren't going to do business with these people...the image alone has demonstrated how little trust they deserve. But we're not finished...in my next entry I'll talk about the web link, and why you should be careful about clicking weblinks from spammers.


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