Spam: Fooling Around With Reality

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 3, 2016 in Immoral Conversations |

We have been warned. It’s fair to say that the warnings have been almost continuous throughout the history of the Internet, and probably even longer. Scams, fraud, things that are almost too good to be true, bridges for sale, lotteries we didn’t enter and still won, millions of dollars hidden in bank accounts in Nigeria. We’ve had them all, and we’ve been warned that they really are a scam, that we will not win anything, will not profit, will end up losing our hard-earned cash to the scammers.

And then this:

Spam Winner

Screenshot Source: The Times of London / Twitter

Now, I haven’t read the entire article since it is behind a paywall – not that you’d know from the Tweet, since The Times of London – formerly just The Times – doesn’t happen to mention there is a cost. A cheap clickbait, you could say, and I don’t think you’d be too far off the truth.

Regardless, after years of warnings, including several here, comes a story of a mail sent out where there is money at the end of the rainbow. Admittedly not millions, but cash, cold and hard and, theoretically, for nothing. Exactly the sort of cash everyone is looking for.

Now wait until your spam folder / inbox fills up with mails offering exactly the same deal – if it was in The Times (of London) it must be real, you can trust The Times (of London). The difference is, all these follow-up mails will be fakes, and with no money let alone a rainbow.

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