>Sometimes when I’m bored I go through my SPAM mail. I always wonder why there are e-mails from Zales, iTunes, Sephora, Sony, Land End, WeightWatchers and Victoria’s Secret in my SPAM folder, since I also get them in my regular inbox. I’m thinking maybe there is something different about this e-mail address or maybe there are too many links in the e-mail? Since I normally just delete those e-mails I don’t think about it too long.

Then there are all the ‘earn cash’, adds for Viagra and Cialis (don’t use), some guy named Michael who wants to send hundreds of hits to my website so I can make hundreds of dollars, (is this blog considered a website?) and the matchmakers who have found 3 matches near my zipcode (its always 3) and someone who thinks I can read Chinese (I can’t, I can kind of sort of read Spanish). There are also the foreign government officials, or their wives, daughters, mistresses, dogs, cats (o.k. I made those last two up) who want me to launder money for them.

However, when I was reading how to get my Ђ 650,000 Euros from the lottery in the Netherlands that I didn’t enter, G-Mail flashed a big red warning across the top of the e-mail saying not to click any links or give them any personal information, which kind of bummed me out since to get the prize I had to tell them:

1. Name:
2. Address:
3. Age:
4. Sex:
5. Marital Status:
6. Occupation:
7. Country of Residence:
8. Nationality:
9. Telephone Number:
10. Fax Number:
11. Draw Number above:
12. Next of kin

I also wasn’t supposed to discuss this with anyone, for security reasons and unscrupulous elements. I guess I’m not going to get the money.

Seriously, you really shouldn’t open SPAM e-mails, definitely don’t click on any links in them if you do and don’t believe them when they say they have money for you. It is a scam. It is best to just leave them where they are, in the SPAM folder where they will be automatically deleted. I opened them to provide you with this information and to protect you. That is just how much I love my readers. (I also used my work computer, why not infect the State of New York’s operating system? So much fun.)

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