I intentionally run an unfiltered mail server so I can soo what kind of nonsense is frolicking around out there in the wild. This makes support calls much simpler because I can simply ask if the user has received any mail purporting to be from ___ ... and know based on their response roughly what the extent of the damage is. Every now and then I get one that I truly find amusing for various reasons. I just received this one:
Los Angeles — Department of Motor Vehicles
THE PERSON CHARGED AS FOLLOWS
Time: 9:12 AM
Date of Offense: 29/11/2011
SPEED OVER 90 ZONE
TO PLEAD, PRINT CLICK HERE AND FILL OUT THE FORM
SHA512 check sum: df1a5b30e9c7d590e90eb83caf172df17df6417d590e9046e9ca59ca5b83041a59c722d5b83ca590e9ca5b83c72d5904646e9caf646417df646eb3c7d5b83c7d
Now skipping past the obvious issues like I've never been to LA, the DMV is a state agency, and Los Angeles is not a state, and that the DMV doesn't write traffic tickets... I rather enjoyed the infractions description for it's complete inability to make any sense what-so-ever:
The (completely) UnNamed Person Charged as Follows - Well if they haven't figured out my name yet I'm sure as hell not going to volunteer it.
Speed Over 90 Zone - Really??
In the 30 plus years I've been driving I've never in my life seen a 90mph speed zone - However if I had I'd have assuredly exceeded it by a fair percentage.
Is it trying to say I was traveling 90mph in excess of the posted speed limit? ...Now that's more like it (its happened before), however if I was indeed traveling that fast there's very little chance of my stopped to "discuss" it...
Strangely (according to the header) this was apparently replied to by (the nonexistant) support@mydomain - Which of course doesn't exist. Now wouldn't you thing it would make more sense to spoof a goverment address to add a bit of validity to this sham??
And of course, WTF is the checksum supposed to be for? Are long string of random characters supposed to scare people or something?
I may actually have to start a favorite spam collection, just so I can put this in it.