Quality spam email from Co-op bank: New message-Secure Activation Confirmation

I’ve written before about badly written spam, such as in this case with comment spam, and how it beggars belief that people obviously spend copious amounts of time and money spreading this crap around the Internet, that it seemed only fair that I applaud spam as well.

I’ve just received some of the best written spam I’ve ever had, this time for Co-Op Bank (who I’m not actually with). The email was very well formatted, and very well written. It has obviously been proof-read (which a lot of spam emails haven’t) and has been constructed by someone who understands the English language. In fact, if it weren’t the fact that the links go to valbis.com instead of the Co-Op, and that I’m not actually with the Co-Op, I may have fallen for this one.

Well ok, I wouldn’t have actually fallen for it, but I bet a lot of people will. Well played lads, that’s some good spam.

Here is the spam email in full, in case you received it yourself and weren’t sure…

From: The Co-operative Bank [mailto:notice.hl43@operative.co.uk]
Sent: 31 October 2011 14:34
Subject: New message-Secure Activation Confirmation.

Dear Customer,

This message confirms your activation of the The Co-operative Bank Online Secure Service on October 31, 2011 13:11:20(GMT). This service provides added safety when you shop online and is offered to you free of charge.

Please click on the following link.

Confirm your details

From now on, when shopping online at participating merchants or logging in to your Personal Account Manager, you will be prompted to enter random sequential characters from your password you created during the service activation. Please keep your password secret as you will need it for future purchases.

Please personalise your Co-operative Bank Secure account as soon as you can. When personalising your account, you will be able to select your own Personal Message and update your email address.
Access Co-operative Bank Secure

Additionally, at this site you will find more information regarding the service and participating merchants.

Alternatively if you have any questions or problems regarding registration, logging in, or shopping with NatWest Secure, we are here to help. Call us on 0875 212 212 or Textphone 0875 213 213. You can always visit the The Co-operative Bank Online Service site for further information.

The Co-operative Bank Secure password protection applies to all cardholders on the account. If this account has an additional cardholder, they should activate the service by visiting the above Secure site.

This is an outbound message only. Please do not reply. Calls may be recorded. Maximum call charge from a BT landline is 8p per minute. Calls from other networks may vary.

Your Bank and the Police will never contact you to ask you to disclose your online banking or payment card PIN’s, or your password information.

Thank you.
The Co-operative Bank Customer Service Centre

Darren Jamieson, aka MrDaz, is the Technical Director and co-founder of Engage Web and has been working online in a career spanning two decades. His first website was built in 1998 and is still live today.

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3 thoughts on “Quality spam email from Co-op bank: New message-Secure Activation Confirmation”

  1. Very well written – other than the fact that it changes from Co-op to Nat West halfway through.

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