On Stupid Phishers

Though I’ve ordered maybe one thing from Amazon in the past six months, I get e-mail from Amazon at least four or five times a week. Usually it’s suggestions — someone who bought this is generally now buying this, and don’t you need to buy this, too? Well, okay, it’s always suggestions.

Suffice it to say, I know exactly what an e-mail from Amazon looks like.

Here’s a hint. It’s in HTML. It looks pretty.

So when I get a plain-text e-mail from Amazon, telling me there’s something wrong with my account, telling me to click this link that right on the fucking screen tells me it links to a website in Italy with a URL that has zero to do with Amazon, it’s obvious to me that it’s not actually an e-mail from Amazon.

For comparison’s sake. It took me far more time to write the previous sentence than it did to make the determination that the Amazon e-mail was, in fact, a phish from a scammer.

Phishers are fucking stupid.

Unfortunately, it only takes one person to fall for the phisher’s scam. One person.

Be vigilant, peeps!

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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