Email Screenshot Theater

Spam is really annoying, but when I read some of it, it totally cracks me up. Most of the small amount of spam I get automatically gets picked off by SpamAssassin, and stuck into a seperate folder that I clean out now and again. Since I actually use a decent mail client running on linux, I don’t really have much worry with getting infected with all the malicious crap floating around. You can tell most of these things are directed at the computer unsavvy, because anyone with half a clue on how the internet or computers work would just look at the email and laugh… like I’m doing! Let’s start the show! Actually, now that I think about it, these are all virus emails, but some of the spam stuff is really funny. Anyway, here goes.

I got this first one at work the other night, and looking at the message TOTALLY made me want to open the attachment!

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The total machine-language garble look always makes me want to read on! The next one cracked me up because it was trying to make it look like it was an offcial notice from my WEBMAIL SYSTEM at www.neir.org.

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Well, there is no webmail system. And the link links to something in the attachment, which happens to be a nice .scr file, probably designed to do nasty things. The third might be the best though.

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OMG! ON THE LAST FRONTIER OF FREEDOM YOU HAVE VISITED ILLEGAL WEBSITES!! I HAVE THE LIST AND UNCLE SAM WILL CHECK IT TWICE! I love the from email address… “abuse@gov.us”. Classic.

These screenshots were brought to you by the following tip I found while searching for some documentation on Fluxbox shortcut keys. You’ll need ImageMagick isntalled to use it, but this will give you the ability to take a screenshot in Fluxbox without needing to load anything else. This will make a nice png screenshot in the directory you specified, complete with a timestamp of when it was taken. Nifty stuff. Just put the following in your keys file and edit to your tastes, and you’ll be set.

Control Print :ExecCommand import -window root `date +/dir/ss.%Y%m%d.%H%M%S.png`

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