January 06, 2006

Spammers are not of language smoothity

Here are two choice bits of spam phrasing that have cropped up in my inbox recently. First, an excerpt from the gajillionth Paypal spoof e-mail I have received today:

It has come to our attention that your PayPal account information needs to be updated as part of our continuing commitment to protect your account and to reduce the instance of fraud on our website. If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and update your personal records you will not run into any future problems with the online service.

I love that "if you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience". So colloquial! Also, I would still be online while the spammers were harvesting my personal information, so it would actually remain part of my online experience.

The second excerpt is the subject line of an e-mail about some adult thing or other -- chat lines, or personal ads, or meeting people for illicit sex, or claiming that that's what you'll be doing when really you'll just be looking at porn, or something. I feel a little self-conscious about scrolling too much further down into the e-mail to try to get the details while I'm here at work. Anyway, here is the subject line:

Add up considerable spicery to your liveliness

Also, the top image in the e-mail is not displaying, but the text in the placeholder for it reads "come here at this point". Seems a little early in the process to me for that, honestly.

Posted by Francis at 11:08 AM

Considerable Spicery. That should have been our team name.

Posted by: The Dan at January 6, 2006 10:38 PM

Sounds like fodder for http://www.spamusement.com -- ever since I started looking at those cartoons, I actually read the subject lines in my spam folder to imagine what the artist would do with them.

Posted by: Elaine at January 7, 2006 12:13 PM
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