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A question from a security mailing list: “Is this some sort of phish”?

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Adobe Incorporated
Date: 1 March 2011 01:33
Subject: Adobe Acrobat Reader latest version released ! Upgrade Available Now
To: —-

Dear —–,

Adobe is pleased to announce that a new version of Acrobat PDF Reader was released today with new features, options and improvements.


What’s new in this version :

* Read, search, and share PDF files.
* Convert to PDF.
* Export and edit PDF files
* Add rich media to PDF files
* Combine files from multiple applications
* Increase productivity and process consistency
* Streamline document reviews
* Collect data with fillable PDF forms
* Protect PDF files and content
* Comply with PDF and accessibility standards

To get more and upgrade to this version, go to  :


Start downloading the update right now and let us know what you think about it. We’re working on making Adobe Acrobat Reader better all the time !

Talk soon, The people at Adobe       

Copyright © 2011 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.

While this isn’t a phish in the sense that they aren’t asking for login details, they are trying to get some money by making it look like you need to pay to download Adobe Acrobat Reader (you don’t). This kind of thing has been around for a while, and is also popular where Skype is concerned too.

Steer clear.

Christopher Boyd