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Ben Okopnik [ben at linuxgazette.net]

Sat, 13 Mar 2010 14:55:12 -0500

Wow, got to give these spammers props for relevance and scope; too bad they're wasting it on such small potatoes. Even their URL is so cute that I'm going to leave it unmangled. The English is quite amusingly mutilated ("has received the prevention", "about the occurred shift", "Earth's figure axis", etc.), but it all makes enough sense that somebody is sure to fall for it. Amazing.

----- Forwarded message from hsi@dhs.gov -----

Date: 11 Mar 2010 18:19:12 -0000
From: hsi@dhs.gov
To: ben@linuxgazette.net
Subject: Department of Homeland Security

11 March 2010

Yesterday the Department of Homeland Security has received the prevention from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory about the occurred shift of Earth’s figure axis:

The recent Chilean earthquake shifted the axis by approximately three inches and shortened the length of a day by 1.26 microseconds. According to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory the displacement of Earth’s axis will cause natural disasters on the Eastern coast of the USA including Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina.

In this connection the DHS has made a decision to prepare for general evacuation from the specified area. The population of the region should be ready for evacuation. It is necessary collect valuable possessions, documents, things of first necessity, and wait for the announcement.

In order to prevent panic among the population DHS asks to stay calm and follow the official instructions listed below:


U.S. Department of Homeland Security Washington, DC 20528

----- End forwarded message -----

* Ben Okopnik * Editor-in-Chief, Linux Gazette * http://LinuxGazette.NET *

Phoneutoo spam

Neil Youngman [ny at youngman.org.uk]

Mon, 1 Mar 2010 15:59:33 +0000

I assume this is a targeted spam, not an official Gazette communications channel?

"Linux Gazette has added you to their group, using Phone U Too, so you can begin receiving important voice and email notifications related to Linux Gazette."

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Published in Issue 173 of Linux Gazette, April 2010