Coffee Cup
"Espresso! My Espresso!"
An Ongoing Internet Novelette
by Randy Glass - Copyright 2008 - All rights reserved

Coffee Cup
A Business Proposition

Let's Go Phishing

September 10, 2008

      We all receive Spam and Phishing messages by E-mail. Although there are some services that can help lessen or eliminate it, in my position they would form a barrier between me and some of the business I do, so I have to put up with some. I do have server-side filters in place that catch about 95% of it, and other filters on my side that catch most of the rest, but every now and then something gets through. Most of what I have to deal with are requests to place advertisements in my print newspaper, which has not been in print for years. But every now and then I get a coffee-related message that gets through, and while most are worth less than the effort it takes to hit the DELETE key, I just received one today that is funny enough to share. Let's get right to it:

      Even if you are not a coffee person, one of the first clues that this is a suspicious message is the very poor English, spelling errors, and lack of proper sentence structure and punctuation.

      The next is that the message's E-Mail return was not from a Company (like: but from a generic ISP's server.

      Even if it were a genuine company address (such as Thre is no such company that can be found by the name of Merry and Sons Enterprice Limited. Not even Marry and Sons Enterprise Ltd. Not even Mary and Sons Enterprise Ltd.

      We can also consider that it is quite clear that I am not a coffee business and I do not sell anything, and the Pasquini Livia 90, up until here and now in this chapter, is not mentioned anywhere on my website.

      Finally, the Pasquini Livia 90 does not come in sizes. It is available as a single-group machine, and that is all.

      So my reply was:

Dear Marry,

      I found your business proposition interesting, to say the least. What sizes are you interested in? Small, medium, large, extra large? What colors are you interested in? I need to know specifics before I can reply further. Please send an address where I can reach you by mail, and I will need a genuine business E-mail address.

      Thank you for visiting my website.

The next morning, 9/11, I receive a reply from Marry:

      The plot thickens. once again there are numerous grammar and punctuiation errors, but the notable problems lie in the fact that, once again, the Pasquini Livia 90 only comes in one size and one color- a single group machine in stainless, at least as far as I know. it certainly does NOT come in "Large," nor is it available in "white." Finally, the request I made for contact information in my first reply was totally ignored. So I have to send yet another reply:

      So once again, I reply, this time with:


     Your letter of the 11th received. I had previously requested that you supply me with a business address and phone number through which I could contact you. I am a bit concerned because I have done a search for your business on the Internet and cannot find any information about you nor your business. From my search it seems that your business does not exist. Please supply me with that information. Without it no further relationship between us can exist:

Business Name ________________________________

Name of Contact Person:_______________________

Title of Contact person:______________________

Business Address (physical Location):

Street Number___________________________


Country: ______________________________

Postal Code___________________________

Phone Number (+ country code)_____________________

Business Banking Contact to Verify Above Information (no specific financial information will be requested):

Bank Name : ______________________________

Account Representative: _______________________

Phone Number: ____________________________

      Looking forward to your reply.

Marry's reply to that never arrived... how sad.

In all seriousness, this sort of baiting a Phisher has its risks and should be done cautiously. Many of these sorts of scams originate from Nigeria or Russia and are put together by some very bad people. Some of them have resorted to murder... literally. Notice that I did not offer any money nor request any goods or money. Depending on the offer, doing so could be considered a crime. In the case above, it was quite clear to me that a scam was being perpetrated, and not a very sophisticated one at that. I am sure that If I had said I could supply the machines, I would have heard that, "The money order is in the mail..."

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