One of my small pleasures in life is matching wits with the spammers. It’s pretty even. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose. I recently lost to one that was so good I couldn’t help but admire it.
I opened this email supposedly from our classmate, Norm Rowley. The subject line was “Question.” Here is what it said—
How are you? Look at this [a casino website that I deleted RW]:
Do you know about this site?
Without thinking, I opened the link and as soon as I read it, I knew I was had. Fake, fake, all fake. Norm would not have written the formal “Sincerely yours” and certainly not to recommend a gambling site. So I lost this one, but I had to admire their ingenuity. How did they include our names in the body of the email so realistically, and do this automatically for perhaps a million others? Good job, as one warrior to another, but you won’t catch me again.