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“Trust Me.” (Not)

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | June 29, 2017

No. 1,338

Here’s another one.  But they are getting more sophisticated.  Notice the ribbon on the upper left that says: “This message is from a trusted sender.”  Sounds like a Jedi mind trick.

The object, of course, is to get you to click the link that says “verify”.  But you won’t, right? Don’t let this stranger in the door. Ever.

I recently received a solicitation through AVVO, purportedly from a person who was the chief executive of a company on the West Coast.  He said he needed to have an agreement of sale prepared in my location.  Checking Google, this was the name of a real chief executive of a real company.  But the link that he wanted me to click was an email address that misspelled his name.

I responded on the safe AVVO link.  A couple of days later, I received a response through the AVVO system requesting me to contact him on the link he provided.

What is the origin of that expression, “Come into my parlor said the spider to the fly? Here’s the answer.

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