Generally unrewarding

The subject line is hard to ignore: “Amazon thanks you — Your 25 Amazon bucks.” But you must ignore it, because it’s blatantly fake:

To Enjoy Your Amazon Rewards, all you need to do:

1) Visit: [redacted]
2) Give us your opinion
3) Redeem your Shopper Bucks before they expire on January 15, 2014

My opinion is twofold, as follows:

  • Changing the name of the program in the very next paragraph is a dead giveaway;
  • As is the obviously non-Amazon link.

In the middle of the message:

Write to SWJ Group to change your message status at:
(10908 RIDGEGATE Lane K n o x v i l l e TN, 3 7 9 3 1 )

I have no idea why it’s spaced like that.

And at the bottom: instructions on how to use an XML file.

I’m thinking these yutzim bought Spamming for Dummies® and didn’t read it all the way through.

Incidentally, this missive was received on the 16th of January, meaning that if these rewards had actually existed, they would have expired.







2 comments

  1. Charles Pergiel »

    17 January 2014 · 12:57 pm

    I can understand spam that wants to sell you something and provides a link to a page where you can buy it, and I can understand spam that wants your credit card number so they can go on a buying spree at the their local mall, but what I fail to understand is spam that reads like a scam but doesn’t have any valid links, and doesn’t ask for any info. Where does this stuff come from? 3rd generation auto-spawned robot that is just spewing random trash?

  2. CGHill »

    17 January 2014 · 1:42 pm

    I have always assumed that spammers, like everyone else, exist on a continuum, and some of them are less ept than others.

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