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I don't have a running battle with Spam. For the most part, aside from the gender specific pieces, which are mildly amusing or irritating depending on the phase of the moon, I toss it and ignore it. But every so often, like, say, Right This Minute, it irritates me for specific reasons.

Dear eBay member ,
Since the number of fraudulent eBay account take-overs has increased with 100% in the last 4 weeks , eBay Inc. has decided to verify all eBay account owners and their personal information in order to clarify all accounts status .
This is to prevent unauthorized external access to eBay accounts and personal information .
This is the only time you will receive a message from eBay security team , and you are to complete all required fields shown in the page displayed from the link below .


Account confirmation is a due ; if you refuse to cooperate you dont leave us any choice but to shut-down your eBay account .

Okay. While it's very nice of the spammers to write in such an incompetent fashion, honestly. Who is going to read this and actually pay attention when the very first sentence is gramatically wrong? Why are there all the extra spaces between the bits of punctuation? Did no one actually proof-read any of this before sending it?

And speaking of proofreading, did they actually expect the URL to work? Because, you know, https isn't actually going to take you anywhere they want you to go.

It's not that I don't hold spam in contempt, because I do; it's that they think people are so incredibly a) stupid and b) dedicated that they'll a) buy this, riddled with errors and b) do the work to cut and paste and correct the stupid URL to get to the obviously fake site.

Okay. I'm going back to work now. It only looks like I'm foaming at the mouth.

ETA: I'm stupid <rueful g>. See below. This is why I should really stick to writing and bookselling/publishing...


Aug. 23rd, 2004 10:56 pm (UTC)
To add: I've seen a hundred paypal schemes like this one, but this is the first ebay spam of its kind I've received. I have had three visa card emails of similar intent as well, but for the most part, it's either attached viruses, or people who want to sell me body part enlargers or drugs of various types.
Aug. 23rd, 2004 11:13 pm (UTC)
Didn't someone write an SF short on what would happen if *all* the spam emails were true? (and if not, someone definitely should)
Aug. 23rd, 2004 11:24 pm (UTC)
Didn't someone write an SF short on what would happen if *all* the spam emails were true? (and if not, someone definitely should)

I'm not sure if someone did write a story about what would happen if all spam emails were true -- but if someone does do so in the future, I'd vote for Michael Swanwick <g>. Or maybe Cory Doctorow. Or Tanya Huff. I know that I don't have the panache to carry it off and make it reliably funny, sadly. My funny is almost entirely incidental.
Aug. 24th, 2004 08:07 am (UTC)
I heard Peter David did something like that on his blog. :)
Aug. 24th, 2004 05:42 am (UTC)
I've received lots of eBay spam. As I don't have an eBay account, it never bothers me any more than body part enlargers or other spam.