Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Shame On You, Scamming College Student!

I received an e-mail today from a college student in the state I grew up in. The student claimed to be PayPal (the online financial transaction company) and of course, needed some log in information from me or he would cancel my account.

Isn't this just typical? Well, anyway, sometimes when I get these spam fishing e-mails, I check to see where the links actually take you.

Today, the e-mail's links went to the department of engineering at a large university. This really upsets me. Not only is the person a scammer, but they're using the servers at a public institution to help them. They weren't even smart enough to host their scam off somewhere else. Not that this matters, but you know...

I don't normally take the time to follow up on things, but today I took a few minutes to forward the e-mail to the Dean of Engineering at the school.

Hopefully, he'll stop the kid from sending it on to more unsuspecting internet users.

If you want to learn more about how you can stop receiving spam e-mails, visit If you have received a spam message that you would like to report, forward the message to this e-mail address: SPAM@UCE.GOV.

While we're on the topic, if you receive telemarketing PHONE calls that you'd like to get rid of, check out the Do Not Call Registry's web site here:

Good night and happy Thanksgiving Eve!

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