Monday, January 3, 2011

internet hijackers & Freddy Mercury ramen

My friend Sam recently had his hotmail jacked by hijackers, who contacted everyone on his contacts list, to say he was traveling, lost all his money, to send money, so he could get home. This was the note:

Hope you get this on time,sorry I didn't inform you about my trip in UK for a Christmas program, I'm presently in now and am having some difficulties here because i lost my small bag, right now i don't have anything with me,all cash,credit card and cell phone are gone on my way to the hotel where i stay,have already gotten 1,500 pounds from a friend,I want you to assist me with a loan of 2,600 pounds to sort-out my hotel bills and to get myself back home.

I have spoken to the embassy here but they are not responding to the matter effectively,I will appreciate whatever you can afford to assist me with,I'll Refund the money back to you as soon as i return, let me know if you can be of any help. I don't have a phone where i can be reached. Please let me know immediately

The first thing that tipped me off immediately, that this was a scam, was the fact that Sam graduated with a degree in creative writing. This means the no-space-after-the-comma bit is totally out of line. Who does that? Someone who obviously never passed an English class. It irritates me to look at it. Eugh, take it away. Second clue is the email came from his hotmail. Who uses hotmail anymore? Sure, sure, plenty of people, and some I know still use AOL, those freaks.

Who actually makes money from these hacks? Does it happen, or is this phenomena some self-proclaimed hacker's field day? Is it the government census bureau experiment?

Remember when myspace rotted away because of hackers, phantom's impersonating porn stars offering web cam services to lonely masturbators with credit cards? Now the same thing is happening to facebook, I've noticed: click here to see what so and so said about you! And twitter; sometimes I sign in and immediately get whooshed off to the myspace sign in page.  As if I'll say, oh, myspace, this is where I meant to really go, let me sign in now and come back to all of this, myspace is probably better than ever! Such Bullshit.

I wonder about these seedy companies behind all this. For one thing: I know they're not Japanese. The Japanese know how to sell their products and make money. Even if they pay top dollar for top quality celebrities to sell cup ramen. At least it's honest, and doesn't take advantage of people. And who doesn't love ramen?



samuelcooney said...

I love ramen and I still use hotmail.

Didya ever think that maybe I actually needed the money and that all the spelling/grammar/punctuation errors was me trying to hide my embarassment.

Please send me Icelandic kroners, stat.

Sabra Embury said...

Whenever I make typos it's because I'm embarrassed about life.

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