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***Make $6,513 a day doing this***

(or, Fun With Spam)

I am a little bit weird I guess – I actually get a chuckle out of opening up my Spam folder. I look at the *stuff* collected there, and I ponder my fellow humans. Specifically — I wonder, “what were they thinking???”


One yesterday caught my attention. It was from someone named “Giedrius”. The subject line said, “***Make $6,513 a day doing this***

* I have met an awful lot of people (in several different countries) in my life.. but never one named “Giedrius”. I have however, met lots of Pauls, Peters, Toms, and Joes, Jerrys, Jacks, Phils, Rogers .. and just about every other name in the book.

My second impression was.. “You know, if it said, ‘make $6,750 a day’, I might open it. But $6,513? That’s just not worth it..”
How did the crook decide on that number? Aw.. who cares?

PS – no, I did not open either the Importantt message nor the Immportant one. There’s a reason there’s a Spam folder.
* 97% of all the ‘signals’ traveling the Internet at any given moment are scam *stuff* like this. Clogging our bandwidth and wasting energy.
And, no, I don’t know what “this” is.. didn’t open it. Why validate my e-mail address?

Today’s free download: Have you encrypted your My Documents folder yet? Especially on your laptop? If you have an address book, tax info, a resume, business docs? More than half of all identity theft victims resulted from the physical theft of unencrypted laptops and thumb drives… which contain personally identifying data.

The easiest way to seamlessly encrypt your whole hard drive, folders, or just selected files, is to install the free TrueCrypt. Use this and even if your laptop is stolen, the thief won’t be able to read your files.
Be sure to set a good password!

Today’s free links:
Cupid Is Out To Get You – Valentine’s Day Spam Jumps. This article contains some excellent, and timely, advice.
And in the “cloud computing” Dept, Turn your cloud apps into desktop apps with SSB. Don’t know what SSB is? Find out.

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February 13, 2009 - Posted by | cyber crime, Internet scam, spam and junk mail | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. […] additional timely advice on the scourge of spam, checkout “Make $6,513 a Day Doing This” from the pen of fellow blogger, […]


    Pingback by Cupid Is Out To Get You - Valentine’s Day Spam Jumps « Bill Mullins’ Weblog - Tech Thoughts | February 13, 2009 | Reply

  2. TechPaul,

    It is amazing how, by opening just one of those types of emails, you get bombarded with more of the same… “Giedrius” apparently is a real name; what nationality, I have no idea. Probably has some special meaning like, “thief”…

    Thanks for the plug on the cloud apps and SSB…



    Comment by whatsonmypc | February 13, 2009 | Reply

    • LOL.

      PS — Valid e-mail addresses are a valuable commodity to spammers, so they typically plant ‘flags’ in them that are triggered when opened, or ‘previewed’.
      If you use an e-mail client, and it has a “preview pane”, you might want to reduce future spam volumes, and turn it off.

      I wrote an article on that a while back.. maybe I’ll put it up again.

      Thanks for the chuckle.


      Comment by techpaul | February 13, 2009 | Reply

  3. At the momennt everyone gets lots of these emails every day. I think I get around 200 a day hoping I will buy from Canadian Pharmacies etc


    Comment by John | April 5, 2009 | Reply

    • John,
      95% of the bits travelling the Internet at any given moment are spam e-mails, generated by our infected machines (spambots) and controlled by cybercriminals. The Internet is seriously broken.


      Comment by techpaul | April 5, 2009 | Reply

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