What ever next – I’ve received a Phishing email written in German

I received an email that was written in German – my instinctive response was to reply stating that I did not understand, then my paranoia got the better of me so I copied the text into Babelfish and found that the message was actually an attempt to get me to reply by disclosing personal information. Thinking about it I guess such messages are in circulation all over the internet in many different languages – it’s surprising that I’ve only ever recieved English/American ones.

For any comedians out there I’m not asking you to send me any as I’m certainly not collecting them!

Comments (4)

  1. thomas woelfer says:

    Steve, beeing in germany, most of the phishing mails still are in … english 🙂 WM_FYI

  2. John Steele says:

    I thought it was good practice not to reply to any email that you do not recognise the sender of. I receieve over 20 hoax/phishing emails a day, in a variety of languages and styles. I generally think if it is above board the person will attempt to contact me in a way we both understand and that is secure.

  3. John Steele says:

    I consider it best policy not to respond to any mails that I do not recognise the sender of. If it really is above board they will contact me again.

  4. Steve Lamb says:

    I absolutely agree that it’s best not to reply to senders you don’t recognise but I often receive valid messages from people I don’t know.