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Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Attn: Lasik Vision Institute

To: Those In Charge at the Lasik Vision Institute

Dear Sir or Ms,

If you think that spamming me is a good way to gain clientele, think again. I most assuredly will never come near you after finding this in my email.

Way to go!

And to you, Dear Reader.. you do know that the paperclip “attachment” there is a fersher danger sign, right?

Let’s be safe out there, folks, Exercise some “paranoid common sense” when online, won’t you? (Because it’s not paranoid when they are out to get you. That paperclip attachment is a form asking for personal information, so rubes and marks can volunteer up their “identities” – in the hopes of gaining employment..)
Don’t become a victim. Remember the Email Golden Rule. If you don’t recognize the Sender? Don’t open it.

Today’s quote:You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures.” ~ Charles C. Noble

Today’s word: “mark”

mark
noun. A person identified as an easy target, or “sucker”. A mark is always the short end of a joke or scam, and is never let in on whats going on. A mark is usually being cheated out of money. It’s origin is from old English traveling carnivals from the late 1800s to early 1900s, where workers would refer to people paying to see their made up shows and games a “mark”. not from urban gangsters like most people think. Mark is also the origin to the term “smark” or “smart mark” which is a person who knows he/she is being scammed.

(And for “rube”, click here.)

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February 22, 2012 - Posted by | computers

4 Comments »

  1. Hear!-Hear!
    @”Let’s be safe out there, folks, Exercise some “paranoid common sense” when online, won’t you? (Because it’s not paranoid when they are out to get you. That paperclip attachment is a form asking for personal information, so rubes and marks can volunteer up their “identities” – in the hopes of gaining employment..) Don’t become a victim. Remember the Email Golden Rule. If you don’t recognize the Sender? Don’t open it.”

    I find myself in the compromising situation of having to deactivate the “preview” window in OE6. This is due to the volume of spam in a vertical upward spiral has now gotten to a point where I can no longer tolerate it—and I’m using Spam-fighter Pro. Guess it is just [another], “sign of the times”, Just wish there was a “cure”—or at least a positive/definitive prognosis. “We” have prostituted “business modeling” to a new level.

    Thank you again, Paul, for your pointers, the “direct” ones as well as the “gentle”.
    —Keep up the great work !!!

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    Comment by Sam Lyckholm | February 22, 2012 | Reply

    • Sam Lyckholm,
      Disabling the Preview pane was one of my earliest How To’s. (Another aid is to set your client to only use plain text.)

      If you are using a dedicated anti-spam tool, and still seeing way, way too much spam, my guess is your email address has been in use for some time, and that it has made it onto the global mass mailer’s master lists. (Short version: the damage has already been done.)

      One thing I did – when I had an addy get that bad – was “forward” that email account to a Webmail (Gmail/Hotmail/Yahoo!) which did a better job than my ISP at filtering, and helped quite a bit. But, eventually I dumped that one entirely. Let the scuzballs spam a box I never check.
      I wonder what the average lifespan of an email address is? (Before it makes the spammer lists) I don’t know, but I suspect it’s not infinite…

      Good to see you here again, and thank you for the words of support. Comments like yours do help keep me at it..!

      (And I can think of a “cure”… but I can’t print it.)

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      Comment by techpaul | February 22, 2012 | Reply

  2. Lasik Vision Institute is a scam! Would you trust your vision to a bunch of mall docs? Lasik Vision Institute has deplorable customer service ratings and they rate poorly with the BBB. Is it any wonder why they spam us?

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    Comment by Carl Sagan is god | April 13, 2014 | Reply

    • Carl Sagan is god,
      I have no personal knowledge whether anything you say is true or not.. or to what degree. But I do make it a policy never to purchase anything from anyone who uses unsolicited email (spam) as a business practice.

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      Comment by techpaul | April 13, 2014 | Reply


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