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VanessaC

What's in your junk mail today?
« on: September 02, 2021, 02:00:31 AM »
I've had some wonderfully creative junk email over the past few weeks and thought it might be fun to share.

The latest round is from a series of people who seem sure I will be able to help them with their new toothbrush venture.

What's your most interesting junk mail?
     



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Eric Thomson

Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2021, 02:03:08 AM »
I just found an invitation to claim my $50 free chip from the Highway Casino in my spam folder. Usually, it's endless warnings that someone has accessed my FB account. Boring.
 
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Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2021, 02:11:12 AM »
The latest is contact form spam claiming to be part of a vulnerability scanner and that my host "may be" compromised and I am vulnerable to ransomware.

The most--or one of the most--persistent of spams is one selling an eBook or course for doing woodworking as a business.
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Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2021, 02:14:45 AM »
Docusign fraud emails.

Amazon gift card giveaways.

A whole lot of Chinese character emails, and a good number of French ones. I don't read either, so no idea what they are.

SEO websites.

I get about 200+ a day.
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LilyBLily

Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2021, 03:40:58 AM »
I get almost no spam email, but I make up for it in spam phone calls. Our landline provider now helpfully labels many of them "Potential Spam."

Occasionally, a spam caller leaves a message. Car warranties, mythical credit card accounts, and very often a claim from "Tim" that he's looking for real estate and if we have some to sell, get in touch. That last probably isn't a con, but it also isn't likely to produce top dollar if one has acreage to sell. The roads are lined with homemade signs saying "We buy houses for cash!" and those also probably are legitimate but not great deals.
 
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Maggie Ann

Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2021, 03:51:00 AM »
I get almost no spam email, but I make up for it in spam phone calls. Our landline provider now helpfully labels many of them "Potential Spam."


Me, too. If it's not phone calls to sell me an extended warranty on my car, it's wanting to buy a car that I traded in a long time ago or a car that I bought 3 to 6 months ago.

I read somewhere that the top three shortages we will experience because of the pandemic, are cars, air-conditioners and a/c repairs, and patio furniture.
           
 
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Anarchist

Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2021, 09:39:29 AM »
I get almost no spam email, but I make up for it in spam phone calls. Our landline provider now helpfully labels many of them "Potential Spam."

Occasionally, a spam caller leaves a message. Car warranties, mythical credit card accounts, and very often a claim from "Tim" that he's looking for real estate and if we have some to sell, get in touch. That last probably isn't a con, but it also isn't likely to produce top dollar if one has acreage to sell. The roads are lined with homemade signs saying "We buy houses for cash!" and those also probably are legitimate but not great deals.

I have my phone set up to send all calls and texts from numbers not on my contact list into the ether.

Blanket block.

Life is better without the distraction.
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VanessaC

Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2021, 06:55:39 PM »
I get almost no spam email, but I make up for it in spam phone calls. Our landline provider now helpfully labels many of them "Potential Spam."

Occasionally, a spam caller leaves a message. Car warranties, mythical credit card accounts, and very often a claim from "Tim" that he's looking for real estate and if we have some to sell, get in touch. That last probably isn't a con, but it also isn't likely to produce top dollar if one has acreage to sell. The roads are lined with homemade signs saying "We buy houses for cash!" and those also probably are legitimate but not great deals.

Oh, spam phone calls are rife, too, aren't they? I've had various people threatening to disconnect my broadband, saying that the Revenue are suing me for non payment of taxes, and claiming to be Microsoft wanting access to my computer. I just hang up.
     



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LilyBLily

Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2021, 11:06:25 PM »
Lots of companies send their workers out without a company-identifying phone, so blocking all unknown callers won't work. I honestly don't remember if in the past service people used to call before they showed up, but these days, perhaps because we live in the back of beyond, they always call. Same with doctors' offices. Reminder calls may or may not be automated but they're the paradigm now. They often are from a phone number that is one or two digits off the main number of the medical practice, so okaying the main number would not be enough. Since some of these calls demand that one confirms the appointment, blocking them might automatically cancel it instead. Dunno.

As I understand it, phones were originally considered a terrible breach of privacy. They still can be.

Every once in a while I get a sincere email from some charlatan purporting to be in Africa wanting to share millions of dollars with me, but otherwise my spam filters seem to be very strong. On Facebook, it's a different story. Many stolen photos of men looking for...love? Nah. Probably money.

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cecilia_writer

Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2021, 02:30:08 AM »
I've had to stop answering my landline because of all the spam calls. They usually claim to be from my internet provider and try to get me to do something or other with my computer to prove how slow my connection is. But we never get that far as they don't even address me by name but always say 'ma'am', a word we don't tend to use here anyway, and I always tell them I know it's a spam call. But I don't see why I should even pick the phone up for that.
Most of my junk emails are from not very good fake Paypal addresses saying I've been banned from Paypal.
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Matthew

Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2021, 03:10:37 AM »
Most of my junk email is of the same variety: Sex?? You won the lottery! Click here to pick up your package. Generic political message designed to sound like the end of the world. Bank scams. Scams pretending to protect you from scams.

I used to run a small business for a while and would get spam targeted at that. Tons of offers for PR and marketing. An absolute deluge of cold calls trying to sell me some B2B service of little value.

I'm in the Bible Belt in the U.S. so my physical mail is sometimes more interesting. I had someone mail me an unsolicited 100 page book on his conversion to Christianity. Ever since I've moved into my new house, I've had mormons sending me a personalized letter at least once a month, because I never answer my front door (I've been tempted to write back, but I'm not sure I want to encourage an escalation of attention). I've had someone mail me a picture of a prayer mat and claimed that if I used it as a real prayer mat after sending them a donation, god would return my money a hundred-fold.
 
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LilyBLily

Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2021, 05:33:38 AM »
Just got a handwritten letter this week from some religious fanatic. A presumably sweet little old lady with time on her hands and an evangelical Christian prayer on her lips who encloses some cracked literature, too.

We never answer the spam phone calls. Friends and relatives who enjoy pranks often do and string the callers along, making up fake dialogues to keep the callers on the hook. "Now where did I put my credit card?" and so on.

Picking up these calls simply encourages the bots and gets your number sold to the next set of spammers.

 
 
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Matthew

Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2021, 01:13:42 PM »
We never answer the spam phone calls. Friends and relatives who enjoy pranks often do and string the callers along, making up fake dialogues to keep the callers on the hook. "Now where did I put my credit card?" and so on.

Picking up these calls simply encourages the bots and gets your number sold to the next set of spammers.
100%. Now in terms of picking up and wasting their time, that's a two way street. The robocalls don't start with humans either so you have to invest a bit before you even start wasting any spammer's time. It is entirely not worth my time to waste theirs.

There used to be a telltale way to tell if a call was spam. I lived in an area with a different area code than my phone number, so if anybody called from my phone number's area code, I knew it was spam. But they got wise to that.

I have an Android phone and it has two related new features from my last one. First, it has call screening. When a call is incoming, you can press a button and have a Google bot ask for the person's name and reason they're calling. If they're not a human, they'll hang up the call. Then you can tap one button to block them. If they are a human, a live transcript of the call appears on your screen (the whole process is silent) so you can decide if you want to pickup or not.

And related to this, they have some methods of determining suspected fake numbers / robocalls and there is an option to do automatic call screening for these numbers where it doesn't even ring your phone unless Google thinks they're a human. It's pretty neat, but I hate it. I really don't like giving all my call history to Google, but because the U.S. government won't do anything to prevent fake numbers and spam, I have to let Google do it instead.
 
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Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2021, 01:34:43 PM »
There used to be a telltale way to tell if a call was spam.

There still is.

When you answer the call, if there is no immediate response to your hello, and then someone comes on the line 10-30 seconds later, then it's a spam call initiated by a computer. Hang up and block.

Computers call a number, wait for it to be answered, then send it to a person. This takes time for the person to pick it up, and in that time, you've got nothing.  It's a dead giveaway.

What I don't like on android phones is after you block one of these numbers, you still get a missed call text after they try again. Like, why do I want to know I missed a call from someone I blocked? Without being told then and there it was blocked, so I have to double check it. Basic stupidity at the programming end.
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Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2021, 01:27:19 AM »
If you're going to send junk mail and use clickbait headlines, maybe, just maybe, you might want to consider staying reasonably current on the news.

Today's spam subject line: "Exposed: This Could End Trump’s Presidency"
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idontknowyet

Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2021, 08:59:56 AM »
I get almost no spam email, but I make up for it in spam phone calls. Our landline provider now helpfully labels many of them "Potential Spam."

Occasionally, a spam caller leaves a message. Car warranties, mythical credit card accounts, and very often a claim from "Tim" that he's looking for real estate and if we have some to sell, get in touch. That last probably isn't a con, but it also isn't likely to produce top dollar if one has acreage to sell. The roads are lined with homemade signs saying "We buy houses for cash!" and those also probably are legitimate but not great deals.

We get non stop spam calls on the land line. It drives me nuts!
 
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idontknowyet

Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2021, 09:06:18 AM »
We never answer the spam phone calls. Friends and relatives who enjoy pranks often do and string the callers along, making up fake dialogues to keep the callers on the hook. "Now where did I put my credit card?" and so on.

Picking up these calls simply encourages the bots and gets your number sold to the next set of spammers.
100%. Now in terms of picking up and wasting their time, that's a two way street. The robocalls don't start with humans either so you have to invest a bit before you even start wasting any spammer's time. It is entirely not worth my time to waste theirs.

There used to be a telltale way to tell if a call was spam. I lived in an area with a different area code than my phone number, so if anybody called from my phone number's area code, I knew it was spam. But they got wise to that.

I have an Android phone and it has two related new features from my last one. First, it has call screening. When a call is incoming, you can press a button and have a Google bot ask for the person's name and reason they're calling. If they're not a human, they'll hang up the call. Then you can tap one button to block them. If they are a human, a live transcript of the call appears on your screen (the whole process is silent) so you can decide if you want to pickup or not.

And related to this, they have some methods of determining suspected fake numbers / robocalls and there is an option to do automatic call screening for these numbers where it doesn't even ring your phone unless Google thinks they're a human. It's pretty neat, but I hate it. I really don't like giving all my call history to Google, but because the U.S. government won't do anything to prevent fake numbers and spam, I have to let Google do it instead.

Of course they dont wanna get rid of them
They make money from the spammers and now they can charge us to get rid of the spam calls. Win. Win for them.
 
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Lynn

Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #17 on: September 17, 2021, 02:27:43 AM »
I do answer my landline still, but I've had a rule for one hello since I was in my twenties (a loooong time ago :) ). No one answers immediately or I hear any clicks or hesitation, I hang up. Real people assume you were cut off and call back. Spammers generally do not. I never talk to spam callers anymore. If I suspect spam, I hang up. I don't care if they're in the middle of talking or not. I am under no obligation to listen to a call I didn't initiate. :)

The truth is real people calling about important stuff know basic phone etiquette. A quick introduction with a full name and a reason for calling. Social small talk and "How are you today" introductions are for actual acquaintances. :)
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Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2021, 10:52:40 AM »
Today's Spam headline:

Engineering Like Science But Real


So, science isn't real or engineering isn't real or engineering with scientific precision isn't real?  :icon_think:
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Post-Crisis D

Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #19 on: Today at 07:14:47 AM »
Today:

I am tired of people selling get rich quick schemes!

Blah, blah, blah . . .

Buy into my get rich quick scheme.
Mulder: "If you're distracted by fear of those around you, it keeps you from seeing the actions of those above."
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Maggie Ann

Re: What's in your junk mail today?
« Reply #20 on: Today at 08:47:54 AM »
Switch to my Medicare plan. It's the best!

No, mine is the best. Switch to my Medicare plan!

Don't… Absolutely don't… Listen to those two guys! By the way, I can also offer you a great deal on your cars extended warranty.