Have you ever pulled something out of the refrigerator, smelled it, then after jerking your head away said to someone else "Oh my God! You have to smell this!"? I call that the bad milk principle. It is so bad you can’t resist sharing.
I received this email in my Spam folder at work today and this is a perfect example of a bad milk moment.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 2:28 PM
Subject: Potential Spam: Monetary prize from Microsoft
Dear Microsoft Consumer!
Within the limits of advertising company Microsoft has played USD 1000000 between the clients. The choice occured in the casual image. On yours e-mail the monetary prize at a rate of USD 52346 has dropped out. To receive it, it is necessary for you to visit ours Resolution Centre and to fill the small form.
Please click here to visit the Microsoft Resolution Centre <http://de-ta.org/microsoft/index.html>
Corporation Microsoft congratulates you on a prize and that you and in the further will use our development hopes.
First. I have to say that this is a pretty bad attempt at fraud. If you are going to be sending this to native English speakers claiming to be from a company that has more money than God, you should at least have checked the grammar, because they sure as shit would have paid big bucks to have it reviewed before sending it. Said company feels that grammar is so important that they include it in their word processing software at no extra cost.
Second. Microsoft is a company based in the U.S. so why in the hell would they use the "USD 1000000" with no comma, no dollar sign, and with the USD? Also, why would Microsoft spell "center" as "centre”? If Microsoft were in the UK I could see that but... Oh man. I pasted this into MS Word to check my own spelling and in addition to spazzing about the grammar it picked up on “occured” instead of “occurred.” Missed that one. LOL
Third. The web address just screams "gonna load so much shit on your machine that you will end up having to reload the Operating system, all your data, and any other software you had on it to get rid of all the crap."
I hope you understand why I just had to say "Oh God! You have to see this!"