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BS: Twoo to wit?

Penny S. 06 Oct 12 - 07:48 AM
gnu 06 Oct 12 - 08:20 AM
GUEST,Eliza 06 Oct 12 - 12:39 PM
John MacKenzie 06 Oct 12 - 12:50 PM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 06 Oct 12 - 01:25 PM
JohnInKansas 06 Oct 12 - 03:49 PM
GUEST,Eliza 07 Oct 12 - 12:46 PM
JohnInKansas 07 Oct 12 - 02:03 PM
GUEST,leeneia 08 Oct 12 - 09:41 AM
JohnInKansas 08 Oct 12 - 06:26 PM
Dave Hanson 09 Oct 12 - 08:10 AM
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Subject: BS: Twoo to wit?
From: Penny S.
Date: 06 Oct 12 - 07:48 AM

Somebody I don't know has, apparently, listed me as a contact on TWOO, whatever that may be, and wants me to communicate. Her name is LorraineJoy, which is a bit weird if it is, as a bit of googling suggests, a dating site, and she looks a bit like Michelle Hanson in the Guardian.

I've deleted the message without clicking anything, but it may be that someone has had their contacts hacked.

Penny


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Subject: RE: BS: Twoo to wit?
From: gnu
Date: 06 Oct 12 - 08:20 AM

Good idea.


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Subject: RE: BS: Twoo to wit?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 06 Oct 12 - 12:39 PM

In my Spam on Yahoo I often get offers to increase the size of my organ, and to obtain pills which will enable me to 'go all night'. Also ladies who are ready and waiting to 'show me all' on their webcams.Several of these people want to 'link up' on dating sites. It's a bit sick really, and a sad comment on the world today. If only they knew I'm an elderly lady with no 'organ' and no interest in 'going all night'! (I only go twice, and that's when I've had too much cocoa before bed.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Twoo to wit?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 06 Oct 12 - 12:50 PM

Reminds me of the stupid lonely owl, that didn't have the wit to woo.


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Subject: RE: BS: Twoo to wit?
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 06 Oct 12 - 01:25 PM

No John, that was down to the weather.

It was simply too wet to woo.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: BS: Twoo to wit?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 06 Oct 12 - 03:49 PM

Sadly, at my age, the only SPAM I get is hard-sell offers of Medicare Supplemental Insurance Plans.

(I'm quite sure that the volume is sufficient to disprove TeePee claims about what a disaster new health care laws are, since there must be IMMENSE PROFITS to be made, just to cover the cost of the snail-mail ads, and even if email SPAM is cheaper, it's still not quite free.

John


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Subject: RE: BS: Twoo to wit?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 07 Oct 12 - 12:46 PM

I often wonder why I get this type of spam. It may be because my username has a man's name at the start of it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Twoo to wit?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 07 Oct 12 - 02:03 PM

A recent article (that I'd have to look up to link to) pointed out that SPAM is intentionally made to suggest an impossible situation, and deliberately contains spelling and grammar to make the sender appear illiterate, for the simple reason that while SPAM messages can be sent cheaply, the followup communication to "set the hook and reel 'em in" is rather expensive.

By deliberately making the first message something that no rational person would respond to, the ones who can't be easily manipulated are self-eliminated, so that the Spammer can devote the necessary effort to bringing in the gullible and vulnerable (and profitable) ones.

If you've never responded to anything of the sort, it's unlikely that you've been "typed" as a good prospect, although spammers sometimes use other means of picking people who might be good prospects.

Those who never get tired of reporting and talking about spam do perhaps suggest that they're of a personality type that's "close to susceptible," so those who start new threads about every "new" same-old scam are likely to find themselves on lists of prospects.

Starting a thread here when there's reason to warn others about an unusual ploy shouldn't be discouraged, and is unlikely to get you marked; but starting many threads just to "gossip about it" is not a good trait to broadcast, since it shows that you're "interested" and suggests that you think that someday a real one might come along. Sending you the first piece costs practically nothing, so you'll be likely to start getting lots of messages, on the assumption that you're (more than others) likely to take the bait on one of them eventually.

Of course they do have to find a real email address to go with your username here (except on FaceBook), but there are ways to associate what you do on one website with what you do elsewhere that can lead to you "accidentally" revealing personal information sufficient for a Spammer to get you on a list.

But in your case, it's probably just the name.

John


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Subject: RE: BS: Twoo to wit?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 08 Oct 12 - 09:41 AM

Now John, stuff only gets to be "common knowledge" if people often talk about it. I'm glad Eliza has added a new class (TWOO) to my list of groups to avoid.

And you have given me another reason to avoid Facebook.


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Subject: RE: BS: Twoo to wit?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 08 Oct 12 - 06:26 PM

My last post vaporized, so I'll try again. If a duplicate post appears, the elves may remove one or the other.

I thought I had suggested that this thread does serve a useful purpose by identifying a specific new scam that it may be helpful for people to know about. There are too many such for us to track them all, but when one of them affects one of us it's helpful to spread some awareness.

I don't have any real objection to "Latest New Nigerian Scam Thats Not Nigerian" threads that have popped up here fairly often, if that's what people want to talk about; but I did intend to warn that being the frequent originator of such threads could suggest to spammers/scammers that you were "close to being susceptible" and could put you on one of their lists for contact. (You don't have to be caught to be annoyed.)

John


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Subject: RE: BS: Twoo to wit?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 09 Oct 12 - 08:10 AM

I thought this was about a dislexic owl.

Dave H


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