Actually, procrastination is NOT what this is about. But I put that title in there for fun. I do that sometimes. I'm a wild girl.
The true title might have been something like Lottery? Or Spam Pt 2? Or, I dunno... so I wrote the title above. Don't kid yourselves - I know the title is the most important part of the post and if I don't hook you with the title, you'll never read the rest of the post. So I agonize over that.
But today, I clearly didn't agonize. This morning in my Borg Blog e-mail account was the following letter:
Now, I admit, the first instinct is to think it's a spam scam. Except for the following few things:
- Gillian & Adrian Bayford really do exist.
- They really did win the Euro Millions jackpot lottery in England (which I verified NOT by clicking their posts)
- Their links actually are to the sites that they list in their e-mail - i.e., it's not a link that says one thing but takes you some place else (I tried to create one here in blogger, as an example, but Blogger won't let me)
- The place the links take you to are actual legitimate news outlets
- They do NOT claim to be Nigerian Princes.
- They do not appear on the SURFACE to be looking to have their money laundered.
- They don't give me any directions of what to do - no bank account information to be wired to.
- Their English and writing is actually fairly grammatically correct and not broken.
- Their e-mail address - while apparently from a free e-mail account service - does at least actually seem to match their name and isn't full of gobbledygook
But still. To keep my friend from giving me a hard time, I guess I better go shower and go to work. After all, according to the articles, that's what the Bayfords would do...
On a serious note, any thoughts about what to think about this e-mail would be much appreciated.