That’s a classic and almost always poorly-executed scam. If the broken English doesn’t give it away, the implausibility of the whole scenario is enough of a tell.
But not all scams are that obvious. Some phishers are more skilled at their craft, and they’re able to convince intelligent, cautious people that their email attachments are legitimate.
Consider this example: some of the more clever scammers have found success by impersonating the IRS. Their emails are articulate. They sound professional. The most effective ones cloud your judgment by putting you on defense, claiming that you owe back taxes or some overdue penalty and you stand to be penalized even further with some steep fine if you don’t act now. Of course, you can download their exclusive payment software and get the problem taken care of right away… and that’s where they slip the malware in.
Sophisticated scams like these are worth worrying about.
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