I've become quite cynical about emails from strangers, deleting them upon receipt. I've adopted a "Just Say No" mantra. But this one almost got me.
Subject: Adobe Acrobat: Upgrade Needed
I thought it odd for Adobe to email me, much less attach a zip file, so my suspicions were raised. But I probably did need an upgrade, so I continued reading.
The details seemed legit:
Adobe is pleased to announce new version upgrades for Adobe Acrobat Reader. Advanced features include:
- Collaborate across borders
- Create rich, polished PDF files from any application that prints
- Ensure visual fidelity
- Encrypt and share PDF files more securely
- Use the standard for document archival and exchange
To upgrade and enhance your work productivity today please open attached file.
Copyright 2011 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.
Adobe Systems Incorporated,
Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:56:18 +0200
Then I re-read the greeting: "Hello Dear." And hit delete.
"Hello Kitty" would have been more believable.
Score one more for the suspicious consumer, another zero for spammers.