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what's the problem with clicking on a link in a piece of spam mail
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Adam5000




msg:3628648
 10:09 pm on Apr 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

I've heard "Don't do it." several times and I'm taking their word for it.

But what's the problem with clicking on a link in a piece of spam mail.

To find out more about this incredible offer (we must be crazy) click here.

I got one this week selling the blueprint for a gadget that they said would fix my car to run on water (I don't think so). And I clicked on the link out of curiosity.

After finding out more about it, I put it in the free gasoline catagory. Here's how the free gasoline works. Say gasoline is $3.00 per gallon. Instead of buying a whole gallon for $3.00, just buy half a gallon for $1.50. Then take the $1.50 you save, buy the other half, and you get the gallon free.

I'm receiving too much spam mail now. Does this create more?

 

piatkow




msg:3628897
 8:10 am on Apr 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

I would avoid it because there may be malware waiting to download and you can never be 100% sure that your firewall will block it.

jezra




msg:3629242
 4:40 pm on Apr 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

My number one reason for not clicking a link in spam:
It is easy enough to put unique database reference keys in every link in every spam email. Then when the user/sucker clicks the link, the key is referenced to a database of emails. You just confirmed that you@yourisp.com is a valid email and as such is quite valuable to spammers.

LifeinAsia




msg:3629269
 5:05 pm on Apr 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

You just confirmed that you@yourisp.com is a valid email and as such is quite valuable to spammers.

Not only that, but you also just confirmed that you are a sucker willing to click on links in SPAM e-mails, which is even more valuable to SPAMMERS, scammers, and phishers.

Then take the $1.50 you save, buy the other half, and you get the gallon free.

Huh? How is paying $3.00 for 2 half gallons getting a free gallon of gas?

londrum




msg:3629390
 6:41 pm on Apr 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

i was wondering that too.

but another reason not to click on a link is that you don't know what is at the other end. you could be running a javascript which nicks the cookies off your system. which they can then use to take over a session on some website you've visited, for example.
you probably wouldn't even know they've done it.

Adam5000




msg:3629714
 2:01 am on Apr 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

Ahhhh. That's the problem. It lets the spammer who sent the e mail know it's a valid e mail address so he or she can send more mail to it and also sell the address to other spammers generating more junk in my box.

And the gasoline isn't free. It's still $3.00 per gallon. And that's my point. But the spammer is trying to convince you that it is free. It seems to me that a lot of spam is a variation of the old slick talking shell game (which shell is the pea under).

Here's another one.

New car dealer
Say you buy a new XYZ car, and pay for it in full, up front, with $20,000 cash.

Now, it's two years later, and after two years of good driving, you want to trade it in and buy the new model.

So you drive it onto the new car lot and talk to the dealer.

And the dealer says "Sure. I've got the new model here. Your choice of five different colors. It's only $100,000 (on sale today). But . . . I see your old car there, you've taken good care of it, I can give you an $85,000 trade in allowance."

The dealer continues. "So you're getting a $100,000 car for only $15,000 cash, and getting an $85,000 trade in allowance on a car that you wouldn't be able to sell for more than $10,000 if you placed a for sale ad in the newspaper. I must be crazy. I don't know how I stay in business selling new cars so cheap."

You can cut through all the smoke and mirrors and fancy talk, by looking at what the dealer receives, and what the dealer pays.

Cash received from you $15,000
Cash received from selling your trade in car $10,000
Dealer's cost ($20,000)

Profit $5,000

So you've effectively paid $25,000 ($15,000 cash plus a trade in car worth $10,000) for the new model car that, two years ago, cost $20,000. Not a bad deal, but not as good as the dealer would have you believe.

I could go on because scams seem endless. Oh well, one more.

Potato bugs.
Attention potato farmers. I'm selling a product that's guarenteed 100% effective in killing all the potato eating bugs in your field. Only $10.00.

And, unknown to the buyer until it's received, the product consists of two bricks labeled "Brick one" and "Brick two" with instructions that read, "Place potato eating bug on brick one, and smash it with brick two."

Scams are seemingly everywhere, and even good, intelligent people sometimes get scammed.

Thanks to everyone who replied, and that explains a significant part of the spam in my box.

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