1. #1 Marnie
    United States
    December 27, 2013

    I have one email account that I’ve had since the late 90s and that I use primarily for situations in which I must give an email address but I really would prefer not to. Suffice to say, it gets a lot of spam.

    My favorite ones are the ones that try to do too much. For instance it will claim to be from Bank of America but the subject is “Your iTunes account has been compromised” and the body is something like “Viiagria, cheapest prices”. There’s a tiny little part of me that just wants to list all the ways in which they have failed, but, obviously, the more ethical thing to do is to let them continue to be too ridiculous for even the most credulous to believe.

  2. #2 L.Long
    December 27, 2013

    My practice is to ignore ALL such warnings. If I suspect that it may be legitimate I delete the message and drop out of email and go to the site using my own reliable link.

  3. #3 Lars
    December 27, 2013

    Running the URL through Google doesn’t hurt.
    Before I delete such a message, I save it in a special folder on my hard drive. Once a month, I send all of these bogus e-mails as attachments to an e-mail addressed to the spam-control people of my service provider. This gives them something to send on to anti-spam workers. Worth doing if your ISP provides for this sort of thing.

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    December 27, 2013

    All great suggestions. I assume that I don’t ever see most of the spam.

    I was tempted to copyedit this one.

  5. #5 poose
    December 31, 2013

    Never mind the horrible grammar:

    “you have 48 hour to validate…”
    “You have now to validate your account…”
    “The validation process must be done before 48 hour.”

    Obvious ESL (non)graduates.

  6. #6 gwen
    January 2, 2014

    Yes, I noticed the horrible grammar immediately. I get similar messages from ‘Yahoo’ nearly every week. I ignore them as well.