Jan. 16th, 2009

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I am still sick and I have been running a fever today.  I hope that it means that this is starting to break up and get better.  Gotta look at the positives and hope for the best, right?

I have been checking my e-mail, and as always, I got a ton of spam and phishing scams.  My new favorite one is supposedly from the IRS saying that they have already calculated my refund for me and I just need to contact them to get it.  What completely floors me is that someone would actually think that people will fall for this scam, though I am sure that someone will.  I mean, the IRS would not have my e-mail address, would not do that much work for anyone's benefit, or give away money so freely.  Want to know the best part?  Interspersed throughout the trying-to-sound-professional message are text message abbreviations!  Because I can really see the 50 year old auditor at the IRS sending this e-mail and being so used to texting all of his friends that he forgot and used those abbreviations.  Real part of the message:  I no u r not going to let this chance pass you by.  They are right.  I'm not going to let this chance pass me by, the chance to share this with others and laugh about it.  As I thought about it, I did start to feel badly about the people who are so ignorant that they will fall for this scam, so I did what I could.  I forwarded this to the FTC and a grassroots group that is trying to stop phishing scams.  If you are interested in doing the same thing, you can forward any e-mail that you suspect of being spam or phishing to the following addresses:  reportphishing@antiphishing.org, and spam@uce.gov.  I did it to try to help other people and I thought that maybe if I send enough of the spam and phishing e-mails, maybe these people will flag my e-mail account as being a bad one.  I can always dream, right?  Anyway, it did make me feel a little better because I was actually doing something about it.

Okey-dokey, time for more medicine.  I hope that everyone enjoys their day and stays warm, especially if you are in the US, dealing with the below freezing temperatures like we are.

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