Thursday, September 3, 2009
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I don't imagine that I used to get any more random spam email than anyone else. Then I made a HUGE MISTAKE.
The subject line of one innocuous looking email mentioned my eligibility for a $1000 gift certificate to a very well known discount store. It sounded too good to be true, but I bit anyway.
Shortly into the site's information gathering process, I realized it was a scam. I aborted the email and bailed without ever hitting the "Send" button.
Apparently I didn't need to, because ever since then I am being deluged with spam email. I delete it as soon as it comes--sometimes as many as 16+ per day. It's beyond annoying.
Though this subject is off-topic (unless you lump it in with yesterday's "garbage" post), I wanted to warn others about my experience.
Moral to this story is...don't click on anything that you're not 100% certain about. You don't have to respond to a message in order for spammers to grab your address. And if it sounds too good to be true, rest assured, that it is.
A sadder but wiser me is now looking for a solution.