This Saturday started quietly as expected so I had a chance to look at the BBC news headlines. One of the today's headlines indicates that the UK Chancellor, Alistair Darling, is spending weekend adding the finishing touches to a package of tax cuts and increased public spending that should help the economy get out of the recession as soon as possible.
Going back to analyse some of the latest spam messages I came across this message, quite obviously not written by anybody from the government:
It is interesting to see how quickly are phishing gangs, though admittedly not very skillfully, catching up on the latest news. The recession has a definite impact on the type of spam messages we are seeing. Out with unique opportunities to make money from manipulating the values of penny stocks, in with helping people of my age group to cope with the difficulties of credit crunch.
Following the link in the email lands the browser on a page somewhat unusual for phishing. The "government" wants to know more about me to determine how big tax return can I get. It seems that men aged 31-35 are not included this time government giveaway and I find it quite disappointing. This page could either be used to collect more information for the identity theft, or simply just to make the page look a bit more legitimate, which I think is more likely in this case.
If this phishing gang wants higher return on their emails, they will have to improve the quality of their pages. They can still consider themselves the trend setters in the genre of government phishing, despite their unskillful work.