OT: Top 10 Most Devious EMail Subject Lines

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  1. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Top 10 Most Devious E-Mail Subject Lines


    Spammers are getting more sophisticated, devious, and dangerous in their attempts to get you to click on their messages, visit their Web sites buy their phony products and download their virus-infected files.

    The best way to get you to click on one of these nefarious e-mail messages is with a clever, compelling subject line--one that you just can't resist. But knowledge is power, and if you know that the attention-grabbing subject is just a way to ensnare you into a conniving trap, you won't click and fall prey to these cunning spammers.

    What's at stake? A lot. Namely, your personal identity and credit card numbers.

    One new trick this year is to craft a "special order" e-mail subject line. That is, instead of a generic pitch for a product, the special order spam attempts to trick you by pretending to be from a friend or part of a legitimate, customer-driven transaction. For example, this year's Top 10 spam list features "Your Mortgage Application is Ready," while another claims to have sent "you to the wrong site." Others simply say "Thank you" or "Re: " as if they are responding to a message you sent.

    This is a list of the year's top 10 most devious e-mail spam lines, according to AOL. If you get one of these, delete it, don't click!

    1. Donald Trump Wants You - Please Respond
    2. Double Standards New Product - Penis Patch
    3. Body Wrap: Lose 6-20 inches in one hour
    4. Get an Apple iPod Nano, PS3 or Xbox 360 for Free
    5. It's Lisa, I must have sent you to the wrong site
    6. Breaking Stock News** Small Cap Issue Poised to Triple
    7. Thank you for your business. Shipment notification (77FD87)
    8. (IMPORTANT) Your Mortgage Application is Ready
    9. Thank you: Your $199 Rolex Special Included
    10. Online Prescriptions Made Easy

    Source: AOL. This list is unscientific, and is not in any specific order.

    How can you protect yourself? AOL offers these spam-fighting tips:

    1. Protect ALL personal information online.
    Don't give out any personal information in response to spam. Better yet, don't respond to spam at all! Also, it's not just your Social Security number and financial information you'll want to protect. Some spammers start by asking for simple information like your name, phone number or address, which could lead to follow-up, more personalized and targeted spam.

    2. Don't click on links in spam.
    Avoid hyperlinks in junk e-mail; in many cases they will take you to a spammer or scammer's Web site.

    3. Keep spam filters up to date.
    Make sure your PC's spam filters are updated.

    4. If it looks suspicious, report it.

    Remember, spam is getting more and more difficult to identify, so if there is any question about an e-mail's legitimacy, pass it along to the experts to investigate. The more you report spam to your ISP, the more it will help companies hunt spammers down and put them out of business.

  2. JLH

    JLH New Member