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Fake CNN email

March 18th 2013 in Uncategorized

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As always, hover over a hyperlink and you can see the email is fake.

This email has an interesting behaviour that I do not remember having seen before. Check out what you see if you hover over a Red X that traditionally indicates that a picture has not been downloaded.  Just goes to show that blocking the download of “pictures” (historically used to stop email senders from tracking when their emails have been opened) can be a very good thing for other reasons.

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Here is the text of the fake message:

“* Please note, the sender’s email address has not been verified.
 

You have received the following link from BreakingNews@mail.cnn.com:
 
Click the following to access the sent link:
     
New pope tries to shake off the past – CNN.com*

     
Get your EMAIL THIS Browser Button and use it to email content from any Web site. Click here for more information.   

*This article can also be accessed if you copy and paste the entire address below into your web browser.
by clicking here”


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