Have you ever wondered how advertisers (read spammers?) make that email they send you look so personal? Here’s one I received recently … and dissected:
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“EXPOSED: Texas Mom Makes $8,000/Month…..
“Online jobs open now – submit your application here:
?<div class=”SUBHEAD-1”>Have You Ever Considered Working From Home Online?</div>
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Notice the coding, “(geoip_city());”? That tells the email to place YOUR Internet Service Provider’s CITY NAME there. In my case, it had my supposed neighbor, Kim Swartz, living 20 miles away … but still in my state (Texas), as directed to by “(geoip_region());”
All this was supposed to make me say/believe, “Hey, if close-neighbor Kim can do this, I can, too! So, I’ll send them my $49.97 so I can work from home.” But the truth-of-the-matter is, there is no “Kim Swartz” and she lives nowhere near me! The sender of that email is a liar.
You can discover the same, if you question the veracity of of an email, by right-clicking anywhere on it and choosing “View page source” in Firefox or Chrome, or “View source” in Internet Explorer.
I hope this saves you some money (or some grief)!
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I just put up a new mobile website which I hope you’ll visit and pass-the-word about (it’s only 4 pages long). It can be viewed on your PC, but it’s formatted for phones:
Remember to check our Daily Specials at http://www.internet-grocer.net!
‘Til next time, stay safe … and prepared!