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.


  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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