Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)

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Mindless Spam

Although I find spam annoying, like everyone else, sometimes it intrigues me slightly. Now, granted, most of the time when I get spam, they want to sell me viagra or medical supplies or some other product that, like Nigerian scam endowments, hopefully, I do not need.

I got this one spam, over and over again, the last few days. This was the text:

"A few days ago I unearthed obama is awarding out there green notes

This reason for this is they are striving to frantically help people
out.

Simply just type "gov wemp" into Yahoo then see how to get your cut of
this.

Sincerly, Bill Diershow"

So, in just looking at it, I could not figure out the point of their pitch. Having an extra minute, I went to yahoo and typed in their key word. It ends up that it is this cheesy site that, they want you to believe, leads to people making money in your town. The page I got was a woman named Julie who lives in Miami, Florida, Bellingham. Huh, guess I never have seen that spot in nearly 60 years in this town.

And, if you followed their page to the bottom, this is a real concerned and ethical lot. They do not want to let others scam potential clients of theirs. The message said:

"Sadly, a number of scammers are preying on the American public's growing interest for Grant information. Julie warns:" Be wary of companies that ‘guarantee' you Grant money if you sign up with them. Someone can't just guarantee you Grant money. You have to apply for it first."I ask you, what possible reason would the spammer have for sending this out? There is usually a reason for someone to go to this ridiculous effort, but I cannot figure out what it would be for the life of me."

It is truly a strange world when the spammers are accusing others of being the spammers. Far as I can tell, the hook here is the same -- they want people to send money so they can send out what is probably bogus grant information you can search out for yourself on the internet.

Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 8 commentsSteven L. Smith • January 30 2011 10:49AM

Comments

The sad thing is people fall for this because they are desperate (and too trustworthy/naive).  Scammers warning about others scamming them makes them sound legit - somewhat ironic.

Mel

Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Steven, now that is truly unique... and you were brave to actually go there. What more can I say?

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 8 years ago

Steve,

I guess you never know what trick will be next.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Better be careful or you may get a huge virus when you go  to those sites.

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 8 years ago

Lately, I've been getting Spam Text messages - mini commercials by text! That ought to be against the law.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Chartwell Kansas City Realty) almost 8 years ago

Wow, where do I sign up!?  I love spam.  Our troop makes it on nearly every overnight.  It is a great camp fire breakfast meat.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Howdy and evening to you Steve

Steve, them there kind folks sure do seem to think that all every day folks are dumb.


Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 8 years ago

I hate spam.... and isn't enough that we have tons of people standing in line for the little money we get and to have another line of people waiting to steal our money?....wait is that the government????

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) almost 8 years ago

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