People get caught out by extraordinary offers that arrive in spam folders, but it is hard to believe that people could really be so gullible. And yet, we are told, they are.
|Money, money, money ... The absolute fortunes spamsters offer ought to give them away. Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash|
‘Examples of email scams include emails offering financial, physical or emotional benefits, which are in reality linked to a wide variety of frauds.
'These include emails posing as being from ‘trusted’ sources such as your bank, the Inland Revenue …
Strange porn offerings
'They ask you to click on a link and then disclose personal information.’
Apart from very strange porn offerings, the most common offerings that arrive in my spam folders are incredible offerings of vast sums of money about to come my way, if only I will get in touch. Nigerians seem to be keen spamsters, and yet their temptings remain unbelievably unbelievable. Take this one which arrived on the 8th.
$5 million carrot
Apologies if you were a lucky recipient, too, and doubly apologies if like me you care about the English language.
‘This mail is been writing to you because we have come to understand that you have lost a lot of money all because you want to receive your fund well note that all that have been put to a stop as the federal government of Nigeria has promised to assist you with the sum of $5million in other to
compensate you and all you have to do is fill the below information s.
1 full name; 2 home phone and cell phone number; 3 occupation; 4 amount that was lost by you.
Send this and get back at once.
Oh, sure, complete the details and receive five million dollars!
Perhaps it all depends on areas of our own vulnerability. For instance, if you’re plane-mad - rather than plain mad - and an offer came with a free half-size model of a Spitfire in return for some of your details, perhaps you’d be susceptible, too.
If one came from a ‘publishing house’ simply begging me to let them publish my latest manuscript promising a cheque for $5 million in return for some private details, I’d delete that, too.
However, if the request came offering a modest $100, I can’t promise that I would be quite so sensible.
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