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Feigning normality since 1973

Obvious scam, anyone?

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Of course at the bottom was a cunningly crafted form styled using CSS to look like a regular link. The CSS didn't work in FireFox, only IE - yet another reason to make the switch to an alternate browser, people!

But come on, even with the "link" looking like a link, is anyone going to read the text above and think it's a legit email

I mean, I know there's no shortage of stupid people out there, but really. A chimp could spot that one.

Posted March 31, 2005 12:19 AM


Plenty of chimps out there though ;) I know someone who almost fell for a PayPal scam, got to the point of entering his password then couldn't remember it -- saved by his bad memory!

Posted by: Dave | April 1, 2005 12:49 AM

Tsk, lucky!

Posted by: Alden Bates | April 1, 2005 8:58 AM

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