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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 10:59 pm (UTC)
Err, while I agree with most of your complaints, https:// is perfectly valid for some web addresses, as it indicates that the page is being accessed via secure http protocol. It would not be unreasonable to expect that, if eBay was to do something like this (which of course it wouldn't), it'd have users submit their information through a secured page.

It is certainly stupid of the spammers not to have set up their fake site at the address they included, though.
Aug. 23rd, 2004 10:59 pm (UTC)
Ok, so I'm slow :-).
Aug. 24th, 2004 05:06 am (UTC)
*grin* Me too.

As to "has no one proofed this" - I'm pretty certain that this was not written by a native English speaker, so they can be forgiven the poor word and punctuation usage. One could say that they should have gotten a native English speaker to look at it, but that might end up doubling the number of people who know from whence the scam originated.