The innumerable emails that arrive each and every day announcing that I am a winner of this lottery or that make me wonder if these idiots that make this stuff up are actually having any success?
The one that caught my eye today was from the British Columbia Lottery. So many things are wrong with this email that it made me wonder about their success rate with this.
- The return address is email@example.com which is a Mexican government website, supposedly; obviously fake
- The explanation says that the Colombian government together with the British government put this lottery together. Obviously the originator of this email is a geographic moron
- The address of this “lottery corporation” is in Liverpool, England
- The signee of this letter is Sir Gordons Fletcher. We stopped using royal titles in BC some time ago and Gordons with an ‘s’ sounds weird, doesn’t it?
- The mail states that you must contact the Royal Bank of Scotland to claim your prize. Geez, any other countries involved?
- The email (in Scotland, ha ha) is firstname.lastname@example.org Very Scottish, no?
- The prize (for this BC Lottery) is paid in pounds sterling!
Bloody morons. So the question remains: is there any stats on how many people actually respond to these?
I would be interested to hear what my 13 readers have to say about the Occupy Wall Street/I am the 99% protests. A common thread seems to be the complaint about how far in debt people are with student loans for their university education. An immediate thought comes to mind for the up and coming: forget the college or university education and learn something technical. It seems that college and university tuition is way overpriced and way overvalued. And how many people expect to get their dream job upon graduating from university with their precious and expensive piece of paper? How realistic is that anyway?
A quick look at Craigslist’s job postings for Portland, Oregon shows over 400 jobs for today, November 14th alone. That’s just Craigslist; there must be other job postings as well. But perhaps idealistic young folks (much like university grads here in Mexico) feel that many of these jobs are “beneath” them perhaps? I don’t know.
The other complaint that comes up often is the medical bills.
“I am drowning in medical bills.”
“My mother got sick and we had to remortgage the house.”
Not much to do there except demand (gasp) socialized health care; a public option. Didn’t get voted on or even included in, the health reform debate when Mr. Change brought it up. Why not? Where were all the protesters then? The health issue is something that people need to pester their representatives in the government with until it changes. Focus the protests on THAT until it happens, I say.
And as for universities? Screw them. Their degrees, certificates and fancy diplomas aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.