November 23, 2005

The equivalent of a guy wearing a tank top and ripped jeans with little pentagrams drawn all over them in ball-point pen telling you he's here to read your gas meter

I (along with most of e-humanity) receive spoof e-mails every day, sometimes three at a time, warning me about new addresses added to my eBay or PayPal account or whatever, and some of these messages look more believable than others. Today I got one with the subject line "Unauthorized access to your eBay account" -- and that doesn't seem implausible on the face of it, but somehow I don't think eBay would have added three exclamation points to the end of it. I half-expected to open the e-mail to read "d00d, this is TOTALLY eBaY!!!!"

Posted by Francis at 08:30 AM

The past couple of days, I've been receiving "you visit illegal websites" from what purports to be a eddress. Sure it is. Hang on while I open the ZIP attachment. [pfzzzt]

Posted by: Jon at November 23, 2005 12:20 PM

hmmm..a bit of pedantry here: what is the antecedent of 'it' in "drawn all over it"?

Posted by: JK at November 23, 2005 03:10 PM

You know what's sad? They've probably done the market research, and find they have better results when they abuse the exclamation points.

Posted by: Orange at November 23, 2005 05:24 PM

But what if the sender were Pope Earl XIII, would you read it then?

Posted by: Rich at November 23, 2005 09:32 PM

JK: I have no idea what you're talking about. While you are a good man (or woman) who is merely taking a clear stand in a legitimate discussion, any suggestion that the header of this blog entry was grammatically vague in any way is utterly false, and is revisionism of the most corrupt and shameless variety.

Rich: Yes.

Posted by: Francis at November 24, 2005 12:31 AM

Then I hope he uses his great power with wisdom.

Posted by: Rich at November 26, 2005 07:11 AM
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