This one just came in via my mom. I consider myself fortunate enough to have a mom who can recognize a good scam when she sees one.
And, on that note, is anyone else reeling from astounding spike in spam over the last couple of weeks? I mean everywhere, from email to IM to Skype, to blogs and other web forms. Everything from these scams to the traditional 419 to a “python in my pants.”
Dear Spammer, please take note: I used to handle boa constrictors and have no desire to have a python in my pants.
Thought of the day: can we route the military to do something useful, like bombing spammers? Thanks.
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