Sunday, April 12, 2009


This morning, yet another stupid-ass phishing e-mail laded in my in-box.


I guess these assholes have a non-zero success rate, because they keep sending e-mails like this...meaning that someone out there is stupid enough to read ’em and still click on the links and divulge their personal data. Economic Darwinism, let’s call it.

Here’s the latest one, which purports to be from the AOL Member Services Team:

Dear Valued Member,

We were unable to process your most recent payment. Did you recently change your bank, phone number or credit card?

To ensure that your service is not interrupted, please update your billing information today by clicking here, After a few clicks, just verify the information you entered is correct. !


AOL Member Services Team

P.S. The link in this massage will be expire within 24 Hours . You have to update your payment information

OK, assholes: First of all, real communications from AOL are not addressed to “Dear Valued Member” - they’re addressed to me by name. Secondly, they never have to do with billing, because my AOL service is free. Third, they are not rife with punctuation and spelling errors. You almost could have fooled me - except for Items 1 and 2 above, that is - but that P.S. really doomed you. “The link in this massage will be expire within 24 hours”? Puh-leese.

Three strikes and you’re out, douchebags.

Oh, yes - if I float my mouse over your link, and the link target is something like instead of, that tells me you are being dishonest. So go fuck yourselves, OK? And then die. Painfully.

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