I know, most everyone can determine that the letter from the exhiled Prince of France is a fake. You will not get back $3 million for your meager $2,500 investment. And I know you know that. But scammers also know you know that, so they have moved on to new tricks, are you prepared to avoid them?
This topic has recently been troubling me because I have gotten several emails from our "System Administrator" informing me that I am over the limit on my mailbox storage, emails that I know are fake. The problem is, they are written convincingly enough that I'm worried that if people don't know what to look out for, they could be taken in by it.
Here's the full text of the email that was sent to me:
Now that my whole family is on the email bandwagon, planning parties, potlucks and holidays is super easy! Free online tools like Punchbowl and evite help hosts and hostesses keep track of who is attending and who is bringing what -- or whom! I encourage you to try one out, maybe for a big Memorial Day potluck!
If you have a big family or lots of friends, you've probably experienced the agony of planning a potluck. Was Jenny bringing pecan pie? Or did she say coleslaw? I've been bombarded with emails to the effect of, "What can I bring? I was thinking ham." But Dad already agreed to bring ham, so then it's a phone call, text messages or emails to Dad and Jenny, and some Advil.
Most of us have favorite bloggers, trusted news websites, an email account and a few social networks we follow, too. Maybe the sites are bookmarked for quick access or addresses pop up in the browser history upon beginning to type. In some cases complete web addresses have been memorized! Stop the insanity!
I don't know about you, but my mornings used to be all about a cup o' joe and time set aside for perusing the newspaper. It's been a long time since I've had actual ink and paper delivered to my doorstep, but I fondly remember opening up a newspaper and leisurely trolling for scandalous headlines, often skimming the heady news articles and jumping straight to the crossword puzzle and comics. This familiarity is comforting, to be sure. The beauty of newspapers is the way they're organized; we know what to expect when we open one up. Breaking news appears on the front page.
When I find interesting articles or news items, I save them. Back in the day, I'd snip articles from newspapers and magazines (if they were my own!) or make photocopies. I had a huge mess of papers - important (or just interesting) articles and tidbits that I may not ever need, but didn't want to lose.
These days, there are better ways to go about it. If I find an interesting article online, I look for "ShareThis," "Bookmark," or an email button so I can send the article to myself. The ShareThis button - used on this site and many others - has a ton of options, so you can email or post to your Facebook, Twitter, delicious or just about any other account you can think of. In the catalog, it's called "Bookmark" and has similar options.
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