I get all sorts of mails and messages, some serious, some amusing, many straight into the spam bucket, some downright, well, you know what I mean. I tend to know at a glance what someone is up to, whether they are serious or not, whether there is a scam behind what they’re saying or a real opportunity. So, when I got this mail the other day, all was clear for me:
From: Hacker who is asking a question <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: some buisnees of mine
Im am here to ask If I can use your selfie picture in official ANONYNMOUS business which if you want to know just send me and email and with your picture I will be creating a facebook under a false name to attract some one of importance to Anonymous
my emails are :
to report something to me send email to email@example.com
There are many things here. Clearly whoever sent the mail is not working for or with Anonymous – they can’t even spell it right! If Anonymous wanted to catch, or attract, an important person, they’d do it without the need to create a Facebook profile with my picture, or that of anyone else. I am reasonably sure that Anonymous people wouldn’t bother using mail through Google either, but I guess each person decides for him or herself. And why would they say what they want it for anyway?
Why, come to that, would anyone wish to believe that someone else would be prepared to provide their picture and link themselves to fraud? There can’t be many people left in the world who are that stupid, can there? I mean, aside from the idiot who sent me this mail…
- Viktoria Michaelis.