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A Walk On the Dark Side

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When the world starts to seem a little bit mundane and, well, safe, I like to peek inside my spam box.

The spam box is where your email system sends messages that it thinks should never see the light of day. It is not for the uncritical or the unwashed newbie. In fact, I haven’t even told my mom that she has a spam box. She’s the kind of person that believes and clicks on whatever shows up in her email.

Why do I do it? Because on days when people send us messages that say, “should I pay $500 to EZMoney to set up my automated online store?” it reminds me that the work we try to do here at I’ve Tried That is important work.

Stay away from your spam box. Here there be dragons.

Dear user of the ivetriedthat.com mailing service!

We are informing you that because of the security upgrade of the mailing service your mailbox (joe@ivetriedthat.com) settings were changed. In order to apply the new set of settings click on the following link:

Best regards, ivetriedthat.com Technical Support.

First, ivetriedthat.com doesn’t have a mailing service. I would know because, well, it’s kind of my domain. And if one of us had ever upgraded this nonexistent mail service, I would have seen the bills.

joe@ivetriedthat.com, You’ve Received a $1,000 Wal-Mart G-Certificate

http://alynnadelida.com/solim?e=xxxxxx=29028016&l=0&email=joe@ivetriedthat.com

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An anonymous spammer sends me a link to supposedly claim a $1,000 gift certificate from Wal-Mart. Yeah, like I’m gonna click that.

Why Do Spammers Do It??

Why do they send such blatant security risks and ripoffs? Because they work! People click them all day long!

The harder question is Why Does It Work?? Why do people click them?

I don’t know. If you can ask that question, padawan, you no longer need me. Now go forth and share your wisdom with ten million Internet users and have them do the same. That’s the only way we’ll make a dent in this kind of spam.

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