I hate getting spam.
My least favorite spam is from people I actually know, who are sending crap to me without checking their references. A co-worker of mine said she received an email that read thusly:
Just wanted to let everyone know who hasn’t already heard, the four major credit bureaus in the US. will be allowed, starting July 1, to release your credit info, mailing addresses, phone numbers etc. to anyone who requests it. If you would like to ‘opt out’ of this release of info, you can call 1-888-567-8688. It only takes a couple of minutes to do, and you can take care of anyone else in the household while making only one call, you’ll just need to know their social security number. Be sure to listen closely, the first opt out is only for two years, make sure you wait until they prompt you to press ‘3’ on your keypad to opt out for good.
This is patently false, by the way. But it was forwarded from another co-worker who I guess thought she was doing her civic duty.
I’m giving you a link to Snopes.com for your bookmarks. Use it. Love it. It’s an urban legend reference site; if you’re ever forwarded an email from someone that sounds a little “fishy,” check out this site. Please.
It’s OK to check your facts. You should even check Snope’s facts, if you have the time. Put it all together for yourself; don’t believe what those goddamn yahoos are out there telling you. That way lies madness.