Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Spam spam spam spam

(Extra credit if you sang that line in your head when you read the title)

Okay, a lot of junk mail uses intentional misspellings because some spam filters will shunt anything containing words like "viagra" directly into the Bulk folder. I get that. Today's example: 4: disc0unt meds sh1pping world //ide [Save $33]

But you'd think that someone who is trying to trick you into thinking they represent a major financial institution with which you already do business would go to the trouble to consult a native English speaker. Or a simple phrasebook. You'd think that, wouldn't you?

Granted, with my profession and my parentage I may be a little more attuned to correct grammar than your average literate adult. But still. Does Your Visa card will become unavailable for online transactions since the 15st of... [ellipsis theirs] really hook anyone? Anyone at all?

I just had to say that. This blog won't become a running commentary on the contents of my Bulk folder. I promise.


Dad December 14, 2005 11:16 AM  

If you run short of ready cash, maybe you could start up a new business correcting illiterate spam. For a fee, of course.


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