Ecard adult dating spam tempts with risque photos and videos

Filed Under: Spam

At the weekend I received a curious email with the subject line "Important ecard notification".

Having worked in the computer security industry for many years, I knew it was likely to be up to no good, but I was quite bemused by the other email addresses it had cc'd into the message.

Ecard email

Wow - that's my old email address from when I used to work at the late, lamented Dr Solomon's anti-virus company - I haven't had access to that email address since the 20th century, but somehow the spammers have managed to grab it.

And Lord knows where they've got that Microsoft address from - maybe they know something I don't? I wasn't even aware that I'd ever worked for them!

You shouldn't, of course, click on links sent to you in unsolicited messages like this. Even if you do know someone called Bertha.

But I bravely investigated on your behalf. And if you do follow the link, you get taken to a webpage which has a message designed especially for you.

Ecard lure

Lover,
This is hard for me because I have never done anything like this.. but I have a huge crush on you. I have never been able to tell you for reasons which you would quickly identify as obvious if you knew who this was.

To help you out with your guessing I made a few pictures and videos with "Lover" written on my body. They're kind of risque photos so I had to make a profile at My Site and post them there. My username in the members area is "LoverandME200"

You've only got 30 minutes to signup & secure anonymous verify your identity before they expire. I only have 1 chance to find you I don't want to regret this.. Please hurry.

Step 1: Go to "my profile" and signup.
Step 2: You will be sent an email. Once you click the link in the email, you will verify yourself as my secret admirer and pay the little registration fee. Get started on Step 1 & 2.

I'm shy and this is the bravest thing I've probably ever done, but you need to do the rest. You are honestly the best thing about Dorchester.

Shame I don't actually live in Dorchester, eh? Clearly their Geo-IP lookup leaves something to be desired.

If you did follow their instructions, however, you would find yourself signing up for an adult dating website which has an emphasis on extra-marital affairs with no strings attached.

Hmm.. you have to wonder how many people genuinely want to sign up for a creepy website like that, if it is having to be advertised through such elaborate and spammy methods.

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21 Responses to Ecard adult dating spam tempts with risque photos and videos

  1. anna · 1215 days ago

    i got that secret admirer ecard and thought it was from my
    boyfriend so opened it and it went to the dating website you
    mentioned. is this a scam where if you click the link you get a
    virus on your computer or someone else controls your computer and
    gets all your password and online banking details? or is it just to
    get people to sign upto the seedy dating site? thanks.

  2. Lenny Libitz · 1215 days ago

    I have received similar messages to an account I haven't used for outgoing mail since the late 90's. They were flagged as phishing messages by my mail filter. This particular sender must me using an old list. Haven't seen this type of message on any other account I actively use.

  3. John · 1214 days ago

    If they weren't quite so heavy-handed, the use of old email addresses would be clever - looks like an old contact trying to resume contact, might play well to the social engineering element of the approach...

    My lingering question is: where did they get the old email addresses from?

  4. Roman · 1213 days ago

    my boyfriend so opened it and it went to the dating website you
    mentioned. is this a scam where if you click the link you get a
    virus on your computer or someone else controls your computer and
    gets all your password and online banking details?

  5. msjettexas · 1207 days ago

    I also received one of these "E-Card" emails. I'm a Computer Forensics Examiner and I don't believe it is a key logger program, it is just an enticement for a web site with sexual innuendoes to get into your wallet. The only industry that has thrived during the past 2 year economic slow down is the porn industry, sadly. Thank you Graham for the article, as it only confirmed what I suspected with emails like these! lol

  6. Stickan · 1174 days ago

    Got this 24 jan on my hotmail but it was adressed to some poobaa@hotmail.com ???
    Never heard of the mail adress but they got my location right on the e-card. lol

  7. caryl · 700 days ago

    i got this e-card, but it came in the form as a text message on my iPhone from a number in denver, colorado. i don't know anyone who lives in denver.. i clicked on the link, and saw a variation of the above e-card, but did not go further by clicking on to the photo link of my so-called "secret admirer". here's the #: 720-466-0593.

    does anyone know if my iPhone security is compromised? dang! i wish i read this article before i opened anything.
    thanks.

    • Maralis · 696 days ago

      I had the same thing happen! Since it looked familiar I clicked through and then did my research. What do we do now?!? Is our info compromised?! Please help.

  8. KHCAL · 698 days ago

    I received this ecard on my celphone also. The number was from 205-275-7215. Such a scam!. I clicked and found a variation of the above ecard...but I didn't go any further before I did my research..and found all of the above comments. Thanks to everyone who posted! I was surprised to see how long this scam has been going and now it seems they moved from emails to mobile phones...such a shame.

  9. pink poodle · 698 days ago

    I also received a similar text message today. The number was 858-200-5740. Glad I didn't click through

  10. ajscorpiona · 698 days ago

    I also received a text message from a number I am not familiar with and clicked on the link and saw a variation of the above. I am really upset about this and hoping nothing on my phone was compromised because i clicked on the link. Sigh.

  11. AAB · 696 days ago

    I got it on my iPhone, but what surprised me is that actually had a specific first name of someone I knew in the message. Is it random?

  12. Qman · 694 days ago

    Find out who has a crush on you!
    That was the opening line..
    First and last paragraphs the same as original. But just a link to G_d knows where cause I didn't go there.

  13. Char · 693 days ago

    I got this as a text message on my iPhone but was suspicious... used my iPad to research it before following through with a click. It's a shame that they're targetting us through text now. Email spam is enough of a pain, and now this? Some young hopeful lonely teen is gonna fall for this, I'm sure.

  14. jan · 533 days ago

    I have gotten 5 of these cards and one time it went into adult friend finder porn dating site.I quickly cancelled out and next time it went into city sex dating site.These cards are luring people into porn videos.People pay for this crap.It makes me so angry because I nearly went nuts trying to figure out who sent these cards.Its a shame something can't be done about it.I thought this bad stuff was illegal.Maybe thats why they use the card front.They called it Easy E Cards,but alas no cards.

  15. Megha · 499 days ago

    Thank you very much Graham for sharing information about these disturbing mail.it is helpful to me as every other day i get this easy e card saying i have huge crush on you...really wanted to know why am getting them.what is the purpose now i will take care and make sure to delete them as i receive.

  16. DIane · 459 days ago

    I recently received one and 2 last year. I believe it was from I guy I worked around. Who I knew was going to ITT-Technical Institute Network Systems Administration , Association for Computing Machinery (Vice Chairman) I ended up leaving my job cause of him always wanting my attention. Sadly the Jerk off left 4 months after I did. Its like he hung around just to harrass. Is this what people like this pay to go to school for. I would love it if I could let the school know of what he is doing. Put him on some kind of blackball list for when he tries to get a job doing his so called profession.

  17. CoolFinalFan · 448 days ago

    I continue to get these emails and put them in as phishing scam thru my Hotmail account. That site where the supposed ecard is malicious, full of viral stuff that will plant a trojan or something like a virus. DO NOT go to the site where the link says you have a eCard. It's for sure bogus. Now I just copy and paste the email address and put it in my blocked senders in Hotmail. And I submit it as phishing scam thru Hotmail's service.

  18. Suzanne · 442 days ago

    I've gotten about 15 emails from these Easy ecards, from both men and women. They've all gone to spam but I looked at it yesterday, searching for something else, and was amazed. And they keep coming!
    At least it's a break from penile enlargement spam, which as I am female, I don't really need.
    Pathetic.

  19. Ken · 437 days ago

    I have received 45 in the past week - the number keeps increasing! Good thing GMail is good about rerouting them to my spam filter, but that's still an annoying number of spam emails that are all the same...

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Graham Cluley is an award-winning security blogger, and veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Send Graham an email, subscribe to his updates on Facebook, follow him on Twitter and App.net, and circle him on Google Plus for regular updates.