I received the following message yesterday, and it almost had me fooled:
I had received a legitimate message a few days ago from somebody in Germany asking to use one of my pictures in an architectural publication of some kind (I gave them permission). Initially I thought this might be related. Then I noticed the attachment:
[-- Attachment #2: Photo+Article.exe --] [-- Type: application/octet-stream, Encoding: base64, Size: 13K --]
It's an email virus! Luckily I handle my mail using mutt on freebsd, so it would have been several more steps for me to "open" the attachment, so I didn't run it. It's amazing the lengths to which these virus authors are going to try to trap people.
In related news, I'm still getting fake-rolex spam which spamassassin is still marking as BAYES_50 (which means spamassassin thinks it's middle of the road, no sign of spam). Every one of those damn things I run through sa-learn to teach it, but the people who write those have found that the english language is extremely flexible and there are a million ways to package their sales pitch.
Spam is starting to become overwhelming again. Whatever happened to SPF, anyway?