Saturday, February 16, 2019

Spam Breakfast

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Good morning! I am inviting you to join me for a lovely Spam breakfast today.
These are items from my Spam folder. Some of them are from companies recommending stocks or trying to get me to join their $2000 per year seekrit insiders' stock club. Yeah...that's gonna happen. Also, I can tell you that if you use the words tRump and Brilliant in the same sentence, I've stopped listening to you.
As for Mr. Frank Mitchell, it's none of your damn business how often my hand and I get busy. Get stuffed with your vague future health threat attempts to make me buy your snake oil.
Now, most of us are savvy enough that when we see a sender such as "F-acebook" we know right away this email is Phishing. However, what if you have someone in your life who isn't particularly Internet savvy, i.e. your mom who only uses the Internet to watch cat videos, search for recipes, and send emails? 
My mom is 79 years old. She is an intelligent person, a college graduate and a retired nurse. However, she is also very gullible when it comes to scams of this nature. One morning she called me in a panic telling me that I needed to call Microsoft because they were trying to get in touch with me about my "delinquent account." I informed her that Microsoft would never attempt to contact a customer by phone. It is always on the customer to contact Microsoft.
Some common traits to look for in scam emails are:
Close but not exact sender names such as "F-acebook."
An email address from outside the addressee's home country for companies such as Wal Mart. I received one email from "Walmart" with a Russian address. You can see all the problems with this Phishy email in this post.
If you have a friend or loved one who isn't particularly Internet savvy, they could benefit from this information. Pass it on!
Sorry, Emma, I'm afraid I can't help you and I'm not going to be able to reply you today.


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