The following was in my personal email this morning. What makes this different from most of these is that rather than “undisclosed recipients”, this one was sent to me personally. Perhaps they felt a personal approach instead of a shotgun mailing would bring better results. Either that or the recipient of this message, since it is addressed to them personally, would assume it came from someone or some firm they’ve dealt with before. Didn’t work – I’m still writing about it. This was today’s promise of wealth:
Subject Proven online money making system
From Online Marketing Systems <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date Wednesday, September 19, 2012 7:22 am
My Name is James Burk, I found one of the best and very interesting home jobs which may surely going to like. Please find below its details –
10 Minute Job Work, is one of the latest on demand Job work released by Online-Home-Jobs.com. Because of huge requests from people worldwide to have job work which can be really done in 10 Minutes. Our 10 Minute Job Work is for those you really want to make extra income in their spare time. Today anyone can easily spend 10 Minutes a day to do the task. This 10 Minute Job Work will easily pay all your monthly bills and can even do extra shopping’s for you.
Here is the proof !!!
Visit it using below link
Since this was to my personal email, not the one attached to WordPress, I’ve deleted it from the message. If I want you to have it, I’ll offer it to you.
First, in addition to the obvious bits – the file and link – “James Burk” was also highlighted as a hyerlink. A quick check of Google reveals that “Online Marketing Systems “ is too vague a term to be useful in a search for this – there appears to be thousands of them out there. When I look up “ Online-Home-Jobs.com” things get interesting. My screen shows seven items at a time when I use Google. Four of them were either stating or questioning whether “Online-Home-Jobs” is a scam, so chances are that it is indeed a scam.
Don’t know what would happen if you clicked on the “James Burk” link, but I suspect it would be similar to clicking on the file or link, and that is you’re opening your computer to the possibility of inviting something nasty in – Trojans, worms, keyloggers or worse. And no, I never click on any links in emails like this. Visiting the site would probably result in you being asked for personal information. After all, if you did decide to try this, they’d need this information “for tax purposes”. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn however, the only tax involved would either be a drain on your bank account, or the taxes racked up in your name with the identity they’d have stolen.
We won’t get into the English other than to point out the unnecessary apostrophe in “shopping’s”.
Once again dear readers, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. My advice is, as always, NEVER click on any link in strange emails, Your best action is to delete these messages as soon as you see them. Lecture over.
Enjoy the rest of your week and remember to hug an artist – we need love too. And always practice safe surfing.