I get email spam, just like everybody. The saddest thing about email spam is that unlike the phishing phone calls I get, there’s no good way to really run a telemarketer theater prank, so I can’t even generate good website content. They’re basically useless.
I got one in my Duquesne email account today that caught my attention. It said:
You have exceeded your University E-mail account limit quota of 250MB and you are requested to expand it within 48 hours or else your University E-mail account will be disable from our database. Simply CLICK HERE with the complete information requested to expand your E-mail account quota to 2GB
Somehow it was just crappy enough that I HAD to click on the link (I’ve disabled it so no one who looks at my site clicks on it on accident). I guess I was kind of wondering how much effort they went to to duplicate the Duquesne website. Did they register a soundalike domain name? What? Nope… they went to a free forms site called 123ContactForm. The image accompanying this post is what the form looks like.
Oh look, they’ll expand my quota if I give them my “passwa” and then if I “re-confirm” my “passwarrd.” Yep…. that looks legit.
So I think I’ve determined a way to put my unique skills to good use. I’ve been an IT professional, a web designer and an English teacher. And I have a long held fondness for the con game. I’m going to open a school for scammers. If you give me a small fee of $1000, I will teach you how to pull off a grammatically correct and believable internet and phone con! You’ll make back 10x your investment your first week guaranteed. All you have to do to get started is paypal me the money. I also accept checks. Make them payable to “Cash.”