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Why can't spammers spell? #Life

Honestly. "Your account information needs to be renew"? "Deletation"? And these people want me to think it's PayPal sending me this message?

And people actually fall for this. I can understand them being bamboozled by the hyperlink (especially since Hotmail encourages scams by obfuscating the URL), but come on, don't people read? It's scary, if a bit Darwin-Awardish. Economic survival of those with the fittest educations.

Still, it's sad. You really would think that, after succesfully scamming their first victim, they'd be able to pay for a proofreader.

Dear PayPal valued member,

Due to concerns, for the safety and integrity of the PayPal
community we have issued this warning message.

It has come to our attention that your account information needs to be renew due to
inactive members, spoof reports and frauds.
You must to renew your records and you will not
run into any future problems with the online service.
However, failure to update your records will result in account deletation.
This notification expires on July 11, 2004.

Once you have updated your account records your PayPal will not be
interrupted and will continue as normal.

Please follow the link below
and renew your account information.

PayPal Service Department