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(Life) Lessons In My Spam

I have learned a lot over the years by watching what lands in my e-mail’s Junk folder; and like you, I have seen a mountain of it.

For example — this one teaches us about Internet URL‘s (aka “addresses”).

z8_dot_ro

We all recognize the “http://” but what in the world is the rest of that? Well, that address is for the web “page” named “b3q” (of all things), on the “website” named “z8” (of all things), in the “dot ro” (“.ro”) domain” –> which equates to Romania.
(You know “dot com”, but when you run into a domain you don’t recognize, you can look it up here.)

So “tami” wants me to click a link to a weirdly-named Romainian website. Fat chance of that! I have heard of the Cyber Mafia, and know they reside in the region that used to be “behind the Iron Curtain”. And I really don’t want a virus. (you do look at URL’s, don’t you?)

This next example teaches us that spam can tell us what websites to avoid, and where NOT to shop.

All_u_need_2_no

When I see a “legit” business, website, or ANY OTHER entity, resort to mass-mailing (aka “spamming me”), I know they are bottom-feeders, have all the morals of a telemarketer starving rat, and are in serious need (IMHO) of mental readjustment. I will not – ever – purchase, sign up, or in any way respond (except to hit “delete”) to unsolicited come-ons. You shouldn’t either, as I have never heard of any good coming from it.
I mean.. look at the company that email from MyLife is keeping..

Other times, I learn how stupid some people think we really are. This one is a paid ad from the Nikon camera company.

ashton

Well, sorry, Nikon advertising executives. I am not stupid – but I think you are. Ashton Kutcher? Really?
(Think about it. What is that guy known for?)

When they aren’t assuming we are stupid, I learn these people are assuming we are stupid and narcissistic beyond belief (maybe we are?), as in this example:

freeChkn

I am I supposed to believe that my opinion of a chicken restaurant is worth $100? That “taking surveys” is a paying gig?
Um.. okay. So why haven’t I been paid every other time I offered up my opinion? (Yes, yes, I know. A sucker is born every minute.) After all, (the old saying goes) opinions are like *sphincters*: everybody has one, and they usually don’t smell very good..

When they aren’t assuming we are stupid and narcissistic, there are assuming we are stupid and narcissistic and greedy beyond belief (maybe we are?),

spamsnip

Yup. Someone out there wants me to open this email, hoping I will believe that someone out their wants to just up-and ship me a computer. Because miracles of that nature happen every day.
Question: Why are they trying so hard to get me open an email?

Yes.. one can learn a lot from “junk” email. It seems there is a new credit card. What’s new about it? It lets me buy now and pay later.

spam69

Like many things in life, spam sometimes makes me laugh, (like the ‘pun-ny’ I just made) and sometimes makes me cry.

But I am not going to worry about that right this minute — it seems I have an inheritance I need to find out about. Free money!!!! Yay!

For the record: Never open an email from someone you do not know.

Period.

Look again, please, at all those mass-mailed emails. Ask yourself, “what is the common element?” (“common denominator”, if you will.)

That “Tech Tip” advice is, what? 30 years-old now? (So why do I have to repeat it….? But I will: NEVER open an email from someone you do not know – period.)

Copyright 2007-2011 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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May 18, 2011 - Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, Internet, Internet scam, tech |

7 Comments »

  1. -betcha this phisher didn’t know what hit him:
    cheers
    http://www.startribune.com/business/122063704.html – Hacker strikes, but columnist strikes back

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    Comment by dar | May 18, 2011 | Reply

    • Dar,
      That is a good story — thanks!

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      Comment by techpaul | May 18, 2011 | Reply

  2. I read through this posting with a “chuckle…
    Kudos”… to you for bringing this to our attention in a way of saying “how it really is”…the ads, the spam, the scams, etc. Not many people do speak up? Like me, I scan it, exasperated… I delete it and rant to myself or to others…then there’s a next time!

    gaia

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    Comment by Gaia | May 19, 2011 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      I did have some fun writing that article.. glad my message was received with a chuckle.

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      Comment by techpaul | May 19, 2011 | Reply

  3. Thanks for sharing your observations, Paul. I usually delete my spam messages so quickly that I really don’t take a chance to sort through it, but this is helpful for catching those junk emails that somehow make it into my inbox. Although spam emails are very annoying, I have to agree that many of them are entertaining and can give readers a good laugh.

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    Comment by TuneUp | May 20, 2011 | Reply

    • TuneUp Blogger,
      Sadly, though, spam is no laughing matter. When I think how much energy (electricity) is wasted (estimates are that 90%, or more, of all traffic on the Internet is spam e-mail – all day, every day) I get depressed. When I I think about the fact that “cyber” crime such as this has become a top-grossing industry.. I get downright *upset*.

      Thanks for dropping by, and taking the time to comment.
      (And since nothing serious is being done .. we may as well laugh.)

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      Comment by techpaul | May 20, 2011 | Reply

  4. You’re right, Paul. Some of the spam messages we receive seem ridiculous, but you never really sit down and think about how much energy is wasted because of these emails – thanks for pointing that out. It’s definitely something to keep in mind.

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    Comment by TuneUp | June 2, 2011 | Reply


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