Tis the season for Tax Fraud Spam

This scam is the sort that’s going to really heap up trouble on top of misery.  It starts out with an email titled “Government Offers Tax Reduction of 88%, See If You Qualify!” or “remove IRS penalties” or “Pay Only 1% Of Your Tax Bills!” and the sender is often a name like “Tax shield”…

Of COURSE We Want To Hire You — Would We Lie?

Ahhh, the good old spambox Inbox They never seem to miss a trick, do they?  This time there’s an email from “google-thanks” thanking me for my resume (this to an email account opened three weeks ago, mind you).  It reads We just received your resume and would like to thank you for your interest in…

My Good Friend Dave’s Amazing Riches!

I’ve had some fun this week checking out things sent to Invisible Dave.  Readers of this blog will remember good old Invisible Dave — the nonexistent dave@friendsinbusiness.com who gets so much email.  Well, last week the FBI tried to send him a refund.  This week, Dave’s a gazillionaire at a casino, a PhD, in Who’s…

How to Lose Your Credibility as a Business

Hire a spammer.  Fastest way in the universe to show “I have no clue what I’m doing!” Now, you’d think folks would actually KNOW better than to hire some goombah they never heard of to run an email promotional campaign for them… but they don’t.  Yes, some of them send out professional looking ads, but…

Phishing Scam — Facebook support has sent you a message

Actually, no, they haven’t. But a “phisher” (someone who wants to grab control of your computer and get your passwords, email contacts, and all that) certainly sent a support message pretending to be from Facebook. This one got caught in my spam filters (and besides, the account that it’s on doesn’t HAVE a Facebook account)…

It Came In The Mailbox (lurid tales of webmaster spam)

In my snarkier moments, I would love to have a transmorgrifier zaps scumbeezles who prey on older people and puts THEM in the shoes of their victims. I don’t know if I’m putting out an “old” vibe, but for some particular reason, Ye Olde Mailbox was filled with these scams this week.   Speaking of…