I just got a fake email from “Skype Support” and wanted to let everyone know about it. If you are viewing this page, I assume you got here by searching because you got the email too. Don’t visit the website.
I visited it in my sandboxed Linux machine and it redirected me to a fake imitation of the Skype software. But just going from the email, here are the clues to show it’s fake:
1. It comes from the email address “firstname.lastname@example.org”. If it’s not @skype.com, and it’s claiming to be Skype, don’t trust it.
2. One of the “updates” says “Now available on PSP!” – I presume this refers to the PlayStation Portable. And I highly doubt Skype will be releasing a program for the PSP; that just doesn’t seem like a target platform for them.
3. The links all point to skype-upgrade.com. Why not skype.com? (hint: because it’s not actually from Skype)
4. The copyright line says “Copy rights Skype 2010”. Really? “Copy rights”? This just screams foreign translation.
5. I did a Google Maps search for “3029 Maranta Rd, NY, 10310” with no results. I then looked up 10310, which is Staten Island, NY, and did another search for “3029 Maranta Rd, Staten Island, NY” and still no results. Either Google Maps doesn’t know about it, or it’s a fake address.
6. According to Wikipedia (since I couldn’t find their address from skype.com), Skype Limited (the company which makes Skype) is a Luxembourg-based company; headquarters in Luxembourg. This further invalidates the address.
7. The WHOIS lookup for “skype-upgrade.com” doesn’t even resemble the lookup for skype.com.
If this isn’t enough evidence for you, then hey, go download some spyware. I reported the email to Skype and they responded with instructions on how to opt-out of their newsletter… I replied back with these facts and am yet to hear a response, but I hope they wake up and actually pursue the scammer.
I doubt it though.
Update: It seems these emails are being sent to addresses registered at the CCleaner forums (see below comments from Roger and John), though I am not personally registered at these forums so our emails are likely being stolen from other places as well. I also got a similar Adobe Reader email this morning.
Complete contents of the email: (converted to text, links stripped)