After I received dozen of spam mails over the last year with my thrashmail (used for "You must log in once to check out this product.."-Sites, etc.) I noticed they were mostly translated (if they are at all) horribly.
I thought about that after reading the Wikipedia article about the ransomware "Locky" where the Spam Message pattern was shown.
Dear (random name):
Please find attached our invoice for services rendered and additional disbursements in the above-mentioned matter.
Hoping the above to your satisfaction, we remain
Sincerely, (random name) (random title)
Refering to my experience, only a few mails were translated well enough to even consider it as my native tongue (German, by the way).
So, I was wondering If non-English users are theoretically better protected from international scam/phishing than native speakers. Of course there are a lot of properly translated versions out there, or they are also based in the same country, but my inbox is dominated by non-German Spammers.
Or would you (as a 'normal' user) trust a [insert random title here] who can't properly speak your native language and therefore sounds like Master Yoda with Dyslexia? Or if it was in English I'd wonder "Why the heck would a [insert radnom country I've never heard of] Lawyer write to me in English?"
I believe these users are a bit safer, as Phishing is mostly about gaining the victim's trust.
I'm interested in whether this thesis is true.
Edit: It's awesome to see how multifarious the Answers and Comments are. Kudos to the Stack InfoSec Community.