Friday, September 01, 2006

does anyone actually fall for this?

(to be perfectly clear, what i am about to share with you i share to mock the incredibly obvious scam, not to toot my own horn!)

so...remember the poetry "award" i won, that i could recieve for a mere $170? well, look at the email i got this morning....

"Dear Rachel,

As you may know, Noble House is one of the world's foremost publishers of fiction and nonfiction works by new and established authors. Our poetry division in the U.K. has had the honour of publishing the poetry of more than 800 poets over the past twelve years.

Recently I had the pleasure of reading your poetry that you have had published in the United States. I was moved so much by your written words that I have selected you to honour with our most desired and prestigious Noble House 2006 Lapel Pin. This stunning pin, crafted with 24-karat gold, proudly displays your status as an elite member of Noble House Publishers and is something you should be very proud of. This accomplishment should not be taken lightly since only a few writers have received such a distinction in the past.



To take advantage of this 'once-in-a-lifetime' honour, simply fill out the order form or click on the link below. I must ask for a nominal fee of $69.95 (£40.20) to cover the costs incurred with the shipping, handling, and insurance of the Noble House Lapel Pin. It is extremely important to me that it is delivered to you in the right manner with the utmost care.

Rachel, I was extremely delighted with your work and feel you deserve this type of recognition. Many people write poetry for years and never obtain the level of artistry that is present in your work. You should be very proud of your accomplishment."

wow! for a mere $69.95 i can recieve such a special award! quick! where's the checkbook? i will proudly wear my pin to church and people will ask me why i have such a lovely piece of jewelry on, and i will tell them about my marvellous skills!

honestly, i would "click to stop receiving emails from...", but they always make me laugh! do people actually fall for this, you think?

6 comments:

nick said...

Sadly, yes, I do believe people fall for this sort of thing. Part of my job involves some end-user computer support. You wouldn't believe (well, maybe you would) how many people can't distinguish between scam/junk email and the real deal. I suppose that's the reason the junk mail keeps on coming.

Sabrina said...

*quickly hides sash with numerous gold (and a few silver) pins* Noooo, why would anyone fall for that crap?

Anonymous said...

Rachel, take it from one of the greatest living writers in the world - you're a good one, and you don't need a pin to prove it. (JV)

rachel said...

wow! one of the greatest living writers in the world thinks i am a good writer! hooray, me! too bad that writer didn't email me his story about paris so that i could know for myself that he is, actually, one of the greatest livign writers...not to mention an independantly living living writer!

Joshua said...

If you were such a good writer you'd already have a pin. That's all I'm saying...

rachel said...

who said i didn't already have a pin? you know what happens when you "ass-u-me", josh...