1. Mans

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    A question irrelevant to writing

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Mans, Oct 13, 2018.

    Recently I receive some emails like this. Is that the website of Amazon magazine or is a fake one. I am confused how to reaction, click the button or ignore. I am worried it is a harmful program.

    In the other hand I'm curious to push the button and see what gift it is going to give me.

    What is your advise?

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  2. Solar

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    Could be a scam. It's not from Amazon. Look at the reply-to address:

    sales@autowarrantyexperts.com

    Have you had any dealings with them in the past?

    If not, I personally would mark this as spam.
     
  3. Mans

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    Thank you Solar for your enlightening. So I introduce it to my gmail box as a spam.
     
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    Always check the originating email address. Fakes, scams and the like will usually have a few suspicious traits that can often be seen easily. These include spelling mistakes, bad host name. Etc...

    E.g “sales@humanhelpdesk.com” or sales@amason.com
     
  5. Mans

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    Thank you very much, Necronox.

    I will remember your guidance. Just now, I have 136 spams in my email box. Previously they were about 350. The majority of them are filtered by gmail robot system, but some of them pass from the filtration and appear in the inbox.
    I usually don't read them and also don't delete them, but some of the junk emails tempt me to open them and read their contents, because of my curiousness or covetousness for receiving free $100 LOL

    Some of them are about insurance, getting loan, paying tax, sale of secondhand cars, new drugs that do miracle! , associates degrees , optimum male health, self strong and so on.

    I pay no attention to these commercial advertises. Of course some of them are container of spywares and users should be careful opening them and have a guard against such the programs that are installed in their systems automatically. Having a good antivirus and firewall is a wisely reaction against such the threats.

    Thank you again :)
     
  6. DueNorth

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    BTW, No question is irrelevant to writing. Could be the beginning of a great short story (probably not a novel, though maybe a made-for-TV screenplay. :)
     
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    Hi, DueNorth

    I can't find a way to create a story from this subject. Have you any idea? :)
     
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    Guy responds to the scam. They infect his computer with malware which spreads to his wife’s before he realizes he’s being scammed. They hold their data hostage, including his wife’s PhD dissertation which is due in 2 weeks if she is to graduate and accept teaching appointment. He wants to keep it secret from her, contacts his childhood buddy who is MIT dropout, computer whiz, and their other childhood buddies from Boston’s north end. They locate the scammers and fly to XXX to have it out... Or, or, or
     
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    Or, if you'll forgive me, given that you live in a country with a... complicated relationship with the US, Iranian guy opens a spam email created by the CIA that, due to a typo, was not meant for him, but rather for someone within your military or intelligence services and was sent by the CIA... Sort of an Iranian "accidental James Bond" story.

    I'd read it.
     
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    Possibilities are endless...
     
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    Spam.

    Although I received £30 from Yale - through Amazon - through a Phd student coming on here asking for guinea pigs. I felt uncomfortable about the 'relationship' all the way til the end - when my money money money...arrived.
     
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  12. Mans

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    lain Aschendale :)

    You walked in a political route from this normal way. Although I actually don't know what you are talking about and don't know the story that you pointed to, but let not to enter this discussion, because I know it will be long, fruitless and unconvincing.

    Let people of the world and the future history judge about the realities.

    But just let me I say, Iran is a country that neither produced atomic bomb nor made an attack on another land, and also it destroyed the most dangerous terrorism (ISIS) in the world (in Syria and Iraq).

    Just about 15 days ago, Iranian army fired six big mid range missiles from Iran borders to the remained bases of ISIS terrorists, in addition to a group of Iranian drones that bombarded the bases hardly. In the attack, several leaders of the remained terrorists were killed (a small area between Iraq and Syria that terrorists sheltered there- This missile strike was done by permission of Iraq and Syria governments and military forces.)

    If you don't believe in, please ask the United Nation Organization to confess these facts.


    I ask you not to continue this discussion because I know you are ready to make another accusation versus the rescuer heroes of Iran, and thus the discussion will take long and will be fruitless.

    Let to go back to the spams and scams :)
     
  13. Mans

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    It seems a good idea for writing a story. You are an talented opportunist that can make things from noting LOL

    Anyhow, I admire you for this dynamic mind and clear imagination, while I couldn't make such the idea just from a simple question and some short answers.

    Good job :)
     
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    Although I suggest we all honor the OP’s request not to engage in or continue a political discussion, we now obviously have an even more intriguing storyline for a short story — or perhaps now this could be novel length (but it must be continued off the forum out of respect to the OP).
     
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    @Mans,
    I'm afraid I explained myself poorly, I meant no offense to Iran. My suggestion was that an average Iranian might, by mistake, be the victim of an attempted attack by American intelligence and end up having to defend his nation against American aggression, and that I would find that an interesting story to read.

    However, I'll respect your wish not to let this turn into a debate.
     
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    Hi, lain

    You are a senior character here and are very respectable for me. Your post was not offensive at all, but I thought you are following the baseless accusations (news) that usually are attached to Iran by some medias unjustifiably, and I tried to explain you that Iran is a good and humanity country that tries to develop peace in the world and root up the danger of terrorism across the world (with the cooperation of other governments).

    I think the problem of my misunderstanding was the method of your writing. I couldn't read it correctly and didn't understand your purpose, so I apologize you because of my shortcoming. If even your purpose was that to criticize something in Iran I don't blame you for the criticism because every problem is resolved in a discussion.

    If I brought an example about Iran missile attack versus ISIS terrorists it was just for ensuring you that Iran has an anti-terrorism position.
     
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