Abuse of the Internet is getting worse. I used to get some Spam – now I get inundated. It’s a plague. Every other e-mail offers me improved Broadband phone connections, opportunities to have my genitalia enlarged (does anyone ever need them shrinking?), domain registration offers, fake academic degrees, and Viagra (usually spelt ViAgGGra or similar to avoid Spam filters.
Another popular one is making money on the Internet. This usually involves sending someone a cheque for their tips on how to make money that way – which presumably involves telling everyone online that you have tips on how they can make money online if they send you a cheque.
With spam filters and service providers blocking out many legitimate messages, the spammers seem to have an easy time of it. No one ever seems to arrest them for promoting goods and services through ads that would never be approved by the British Advertising standards authority (ASA). You can’t offer guaranteed longevity, hair restoration pills, or sex appeal anywhere else, but spammers do it all the time. Some are such obvious charlatans that it is incredible that anyone could fall for it. When someone tells me he is the president of a banana republic and invites me to share his millions if I just give him my credit card details, am I to be forgiven for thinking he might be a thief?
On Myspace http://www.myspace.com/56954240 somebody was sending out spam convincingly using my ID – luckily, they got stopped quickly.
The saddest aspect of Spam is its hijacking of the name of a fine meat product and a Monty Python Sketch.
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