A few weeks ago I signed up for the mailing list for the new Monty Python musical "Spamalot." As is my usual habit I gave them a unique e-mail address (in this case, my initials followed by 'spamalot' @ this domain name). Last night I received the first message sent to that address. It insisted that I submit information about my (nonexistent) Washington Mutual account to some server in China.
In other words, I was spammed by a musical featuring a song about spam. Except that technically I was phished, and I’m thinking this was most likely a result of bad virus protection on the machine handling the mailing list, and not Eric Idle trying to raid my bank account. Or maybe it's a really weird marketing campaign.
I’m planning to follow up on this, so in the unlikely event that you have had a similar experience, I’d like to hear from you. Full text of the generic phishing e-mail is below. (Update: I removed this.)
03.12 Update: I ended up writing a story about this: What to Expect of 'Spamalot'? A Lot of Spam.
03.15 Update: According to the developer of the "Spamalot" site, the following message went out to the list Friday night. I did not receive it.
SpamAlot Security Alert
Dear Spamalot Newsletter Subscriber,
It has come to our attention, that the database containing your subscription
We apologize if this has caused you alarm or inconvenience. If you have any
03.17 Update: I got this message yesterday, as did some other people on the list.