Dangerous EMAIL - DANGER there's a 300 foot tall Tsunami approaching
As I was reviewing some of the captured SPAM this email message (cleaned up of potentially hostile links caught my eye). Although this looked official, I was suspicious and avoided any temptation to click on the link. As, I'm setup with breaking news alerts for viruses and other news events, I still went to cnn.com and usatoday.com just to be sure.
While I captured the text portion of this message, the URL could have posed issues with respect to home page hijackers, spyware, and even the new IFRAME based viruses. While I was fully patched, I still did not analyze this beyond the initial email shown below.
FROM: Tsunami Prediction
EMAIL SUBJECT: Danger - Tsunami
THIS IS AN OFFICIAL WARNING!
A huge 300 ft. high ocean wave is moving towards your continent. Your and many other cities are in a real danger. Approximate wave moving speed is 700 km/h.
Please read more about this catastrophe here:
We are strongly urging you to evacuate yourself and your family as soon as possible, even though you may live far away from your city. The tsunami will reach the continent in approximately FOUR hours.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!