Thursday, September 08, 2005

You really need to try harder

Is the average person actually dumb enough not to notice when a very official-looking email contains all kinds of grammatical errors? Apparently, the scammers really think so.
Dear Amazon member,

We regret to inform you that your Amazon account was been suspended for a period of 3-4 days,after that it will be terminated.
During our regularly schedule account maintenance and verification we have detected a slight error in your billing information on file with Amazon.
This might be due to either following reasons:
Or how about this...

Your identity just stopped being an easy target.

Dear Customer,

Our Credit Union has been recently target of a phishing scam.
University Credit Union Corporation is standing up for our members by offering ID theft education, resolution, monitoring and prevention services.

We’re serious about security.

Ten million U.S. citizens are victimized every year by identity theft.
University Credit Union is dedicated in keeping your personal information protected.

Maybe they're trying to make it look like the institutions in question are so committed to getting out this important information that they don't have time to grammar-check their emails. In any case, I find it fairly disturbing that anyone's being fooled by these.

Then again, some people just can't be dissuaded from entering their personal information online. If I sent out a mass email saying "Whatever you do, don't click on this link and type in your credit card number, social security, and driver's license number," I'd probably end up, statistically, with at least a few hundred results.

1 comment:

Sheryl said...

Well, if you knew what type students came out of my class, and what kind of parents they have, then you'd understand perfektly good y there are people who can be fooled by that type of messij.