New Spam Techniques

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—

Hey Roger.
How are you? Look at this [a casino website that I deleted  RW]:
Do you know about this site?

Sincerely yours,
Norman Rowley

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.

RWalck@Verizon.net

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About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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