Who is least likely to recognize a phish when he sees one? A noob or a luddite right? As more and more people get online, more and more people are getting savvy about phish scams. The only people still likely to be highly vulnerable are those people who still don’t have internet woven into their daily life. We all know someone like this, and if you are reading this blog you are probably NOT one. These folks hate going online and they check their email once a week or so, if at all. They delete all email unless someone phones them and tells them “Look for an email from me.” They are clueless about the internet and tend to believe things are what they seem to be. Ideal victims, but how would you push a phish in their face in the first place?
In order to scam this population where they live, you would have to go offline — either the phone or the real world. The telephone scam where you get them to give up their CVV code requires that you already have stolen their credit card number. Unlikely for this demographic because they tend to purchase very little online. So we have to go real world.
The latest scam is to plaster windshields in parking lots with flyers for some fake product and to stick a fake parking ticket under the fake flyer. The vic can see that everyone got a flyer, but he thinks he’s the only one who got a ticket. The tickets look very official and claim that “we have photo evidence of the infraction.” The scammers probably even know what types of cars luddites are most likely to drive and target those especially. (Probably Buicks, Oldsmobiles, and Caddies would be my guess.) Even noobs will be compelled to go online to see this alleged photo of themselves making an illegal left turn (or whatever it is), because they can’t remember doing the least little thing wrong.
Wham, evil website loads some kind of worm or keylogger on to their (probably unpatched Windows 95) computer and they’re zombies.
Please spread the warning by word of mouth to your luddite friends and relatives because they won’t see it here.