Almost Phish Fooled

Last night my wife received the following email:

—–Original Message—–
From:   “Manager Tisha Luna” <delivery@dhl-usa.com>
Date:   Thu, 15 Oct 2009 10:08:43
To: <mook@******.***>
Subject: DHL service. You should get the parcel! Delivery NR.04638


The courier company was not able to deliver your parcel by your address.
Cause: Error in shipping address.

You may pickup the parcel at our post office personaly!

Please note!
The shipping label is attached to this e-mail.
Please print this label to get this package at our post office.
Thank you for attention.
DHL Services.

She was worried because it might have been something she needed for work and it seemed official looking. I was even unsure upon first reading, but assured here it was 100% a scam for the following reasons:

  • Poor grammar.  “You should get the parcel!” Really? They were not able to deliver your parcel by your address? “We should pick it up personaly?”  I already knew these scammers were not the brightest fish in the barrel.  Nice to see they haven’t discovered Elements of Style.


  • Notice no specific contact information, the only thing they instructed was to download the “shipping label” in the attached zip file.  Now anytime you open up an unknown zip or exe, that’s like doing a hooker in Southern Africa with no condom, you open yourself up to any number of scary viruses and bugs.


  • Just out of curiosity, I hit reply and asked for more information.  Surprise, the email address was not valid.  

After presenting all this evidence, my wife was still not 100% convinced.  But she allowed me to delete the offending email, and move on to more important business.  Like helping the nice Nigerian lady recover $17 million dollars her husband hid from the government. 


News has been obsessed about some kid that allegedly floated away on a helium balloon, before everyone realized that he was actually hiding in the attic.  I don’t think anything can better illustrates how the collective media from established news outfits to buzz-hungry microblogging sites, for all its omniprescence in daily life, is dumber than ever.  Most days I feel like the news has become a combination of US Magazine and a high school rumor mill.  As much as I tried to avoid, it I was forced to read about young Falcon’s adventures. I feel it would have been a more productive use of my time to have played this highly addictive balloon popping game instead.  I like to imagine the whole Heene family is in these balloons along with the cast of The Hills, Jon and Kate, and the Kardashians.


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