Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Dear Stimulus Scammers

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While I realize that scamming is the name of your game, I just thought I'd try to help you out a little bit in the emails that you send out, trying to hook me into giving you every piece of financial information that is related to me.
  1. Run a spell check on your emails. I mean really. If you're going to scam, pretend that punctuation, capitalization and all grammar rules apply.
  2. Yahoo? Are you serious? Please consider that I might have just a wee bit more of intelligence and realize that the IRS would not have a yahoo domain for its' communications.
  3. If you are going to congratulate me on a stimulus refund, you might want to get my name right. Just saying it might help.
  4. Emailing me the same email four times in a day - a little fishy if you ask me. Somehow I don't think the government is that willing to part with its' money.
  5. And using lots of words and making the email more wordy? Not really helping either. Because "Without wasting much time, will want you to contact them immediately with the above email address so as to enable them attend to your case accordingly without any further delay as time is already running out" might be a little more impressive if you referred back to point #1.

p.s. Being sure to warn me that there are scams occurring is a nice touch. Suspicious, but nice. Thanks for caring enough to warn me.


  1. LOL I am so glad I haven't gotten those emails. I am sure the appreciate the tips!

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  3. You could have said, "sounds a little 'phishy'". hee hee

    I find it so hard to believe that people actually fall for these things. very sad.

  4. I am never sure which is more unbelievable, the fact that scammers believe people will actually fall for scams with such glaring red flags...or the fact that people actually do.


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