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July 06, 2019



I've gotten that one, too! I mean, variants on it. But since I 1. don't actually visit porn sites and 2. keep webcams covered with a post-it note anyway except when they're in deliberate use, the claims were, shall we say, less than plausible.

When I got the spam message and was frankly baffled, I contacted the organization through which I had that email address, and they said that someone had posted lists of tons of assorted username/password pairs online. Which I guess means "change your passwords more than every 10 years" or something like that?


KC - yep, same here. I was briefly confused that they thought I would be in front of my computer AND pleasuring mayself at the same time, then I remembered videos.


Mine didn't try to spell masturbating or any other "naughty words" and hence were clearer about the theoretical webcam videos of "getting excited" being tied to the records of the embarrassing websites visited at that time (which they threatened, of course, to publish simultaneously, because people would be So Shocked).

But yes. A specific target audience, and one that does not include me. While normally it's nice to be included, I think with spam/phishing/blackmail target audiences, I'd rather be out in the cold...


KC - I only worry that they'll become more sophisticated just in time for me to get old and more vulnerable to scams.


If it's any relief, some of the phishing scams actually aim their initial contact letters to *be* suspicious - that way, they only net people who are really gullible enough to be more likely to follow through with the rest of the process. So there's that. But yes, it is worrying.

The thing that gets me the most is the downgrade in professionalism from real companies (banks, etc.) in their communications and communications methods; I've gotten messages from real organizations which reflexively ticked my "oh, this is spam" boxes: not from the "right" domain name; mucked-up formatting; Click This Link! without the link text; Click This Link! with URL-shortener pass-throughs. Like, no. Please do not make the scammers' jobs easier by discarding your credentials...


KC - Or when you look at the html and see the sender field for the Bank of America email is “chad52832@gmail” etc


Yeaaah. Always confidence-inspiring, that. (that's what I was referring to with domain name, and even though domain names can be spoofed in emails so it's not a 100% guarantee even if it looks like it's from the right domain name, real businesses really ought to send their real email from their own domain name rather than from Chad's personal account or marketing-proz.com or whatever.)


KC - I generally ignore any email I get from all businesses, anyway. If you’re a business you need to leave me a voicemail with a phone number I can cross-check on the Internet.

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