I received a SPAM e-mail the other day. Even though such mail irritates many people, there’s not much that can be done. Yeah, most e-mail providers have junk mail detectors, but every day phishers and scammers are finding ways to sneak around the filters. The law isn’t much help either. The CAN SPAM Act of 2003 makes the practice legal. No, I’m not making that up and the Act is not relevant to legalizing the canning of a meat product.
I’ll admit that I don’t peruse e-mail that gets routed to my Junk mail box. But memos in my Inbox at least get a quick look as long as they have a Subject. The Subject of the particular memo I mentioned above was “USPS Delivery Failure Notice”. Considering the volume of packages we ship and receive, I considered it plausible.
Considering the severely limited volume of my instinctive brain cells, it is equally plausible that I glanced at the content of that memo.
It was actually quite well contrived. The USPS logo was certainly authentic appearing. Yet, the very sight of “USPS” in the header of an e-mail did seem inappropriate, if not counterproductive. Regardless of deficiencies in my intuition, skepticism is my insurance policy. Regardless of the potential for one of our packages being stranded somewhere, such a Failure Notice would be in my roadside mailbox, not delivered through cyberspace. I quickly resolved that I would not click on anything but my tongue…and to report it as SPAM.
But before I deleted it, I did read on. The first sentence also provided conclusive doubt to the legitimacy of the notice. It stated they “…couldn’t deliver to you address.” I didn’t click the link to discover what they’er…I mean, their reason for the failure to deliver. I was quite certain it would be equally ungrammatical if not totally illogical.
Yet, the longer I stared at the memo, the more my mind attempted to construct what might have been behind the link. My imagination conjured up………
You’re package is being held do to wrong address information. The contense of the package only reviled your e-mail address. Please send additional $25 for extra handlings and good address. Credit Cards accepted.
No, no, that’s not it. This is much more enticing…… Were working for Ed McMahon. He is supposed to deliver a Million-Dollars to you, but Publishers Cleaning House had the wrong address. It is too risqué to try to deliver it again. Please give us you bank account number and we will deposit the money.
Okay, that’s enough fun for now. I sure don’t want you to think this is SPAM.