As I've laid out in my current article about a Gmail hacking episode, many spammers, phishers, hackers, and other electronic intruders are technically gifted but lacking in cross-cultural EQ. "Hello My Goodsir! It is I, the authentic Former President of Gabon, requesting your help in retrieving $38.2 million cruelly taken from me. Your share in the rewards shall be handsome. You need only send me your financial particulars..."
Here's an exception: a wicked little Twitter-based phishing exercise that I've been been receiving these past few days. It appears as a purported "Direct Message" from a friend. Here's a sample, with blurring to conceal just which friend this came from and what the phishing link is.
Ah, those two great motivators, greed and fear. The authentic Former President of Gabon preys on greed; this Tweet Phish plays on fear, or rather its more corrosive cousin insecurity, in Autumn-2011 version.
You have to respect the savvy of whoever came up with this. And if you get such a message, don't click on the link! (More from PC Magazine last week.)