Citizen of the World

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Who looks in their spam folder anymore? It's spam. I think I peer into any of mine because I'm looking for a note from a friend who's never sent me an email. More often than not, though, those kinds of communications never land in my spam for some reason anyway. So, I rarely if ever check it.

Today, however, on a whim, I did. There's spam about adverts and the typical "Win an iPAD!" crap.  Today's spam of note was this one from a "lonely Russian".  It was a really, really creepy note written in really poor English.

I have to wonder: how many people nowadays really, truly respond to these emails anymore? Who responds specifically to the Nigerian princesses who have "one billion pounds" for someone to acquire as a result of responding with their social security number in the reply? My thought is quite a few: Wouldn't the originators stop sending them around - eventually - if such emails never garnered responses?  I think they send out the spam in the hopes of getting at least email addresses in order to send other spamming things with links to websites that inflict viruses, trojans, and worms.

The sad thing is, there are lots and lots of lonely people out there who, against their better judgement and lack of exposure, or based on the simple human desire to connect, will respond to these things. The catastrophes that could possibly ensue are numerous and most of these people will unwittingly invite an electronic vampire into their homes.

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I often have to check my spam filter at work..some government email addresses seem to get shunted there.

There are STILL a lot of variations on those scams. One that's hitting universities is a foreign parent who wants you to tutor their student on Skype. They have all the right stuff in the email, and they send you a check based upon the hourly rate. After you cash the check they tell you that's there's an emergency and that they need the check back. You write a check and send it to them. It's all in the timing-this happens before the first check clears-it turns out to be bogus and you're out the cash.

I received one of these, and forwarded it to our IT folks--they had heard of it, but it was the first time one had hit our place.

I'm consistently amazed at how many of my family members (and some friends) forward me things that are so clearly either spam or urban legend of some sort, totally believing what they had read. I'd like to think that the world is more savvy than that in this day and age but there are an awful lot of people out there who just don't, and never will, get it. I'm probably little too far on the non-believing end of the spectrum myself, at this point I tend to think everything on the internet is faked LOL

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