I had no intention of posting anything until I opened my public email. I use this address on public sites to advertise and reply to advertisements, to sign up with services I only need to use once-off, and the like. Consequently, this address is the place where the collective sewer of advertisements for single Asians, penis-enlargement creams, and pyramid schemes that aren’t really pyramid schemes because the illustration was drawn sideways go. Usually I just delete gotta delete ’em all, but this one was really worth sharing (I’ve removed my email address and replaced it with “EXAMPLE” for obvious reasons”):
I wanted to inform you that the EXAMPLE.com domain name has been released yesterday and is now available to register. You can register it at a registrar of your choice.
If you wish to reward this information, you can send a donation via PayPal. In this way we will raise funds for the development of our company – we have a few interesting projects in plans.
To make a contribution through PayPal, go to this link [link removed] .
I hope you’ll enjoy using this domain name!
Well, let’s see… Firstly I’m elated that my email username is available as a domain name because I always wanted something like SummerPrincess999.com because that’s really worth forking out about $10 – $15 USD per anum for a crappy domain name like that (SummerPrincess999 is not my GMail username, it’s actually PreciousPrincessPerfectPriscilla48).
Secondly, I must thank you for that information because there’s no possible way I could have checked by typing in a simple whois query at my command line or visiting InterNIC where I could have also found accredited registrars. For the uninitiated, to query a domain from your console, it’s done like this:
$ whois example-domain.com
Thirdly, I want to praise you for all that interesting information you didn’t provide me about your so your so-called company.
Finally, I want to congratulate you on the best closing I’ve heard in all my years dealing with salespeople, “we have a few interesting projects in plans.” Nothing says worthy cause or solid investment like “a few interesting projects” and hideous grammar. Well, here’s yet another offer I can — and will — refuse.
I was going to wrap up there, but I figured I’d remind everyone to never give people/organisations money or click on links in unsolicited emails. Be very careful with all electronic payment systems and be especially mindful of cloned websites, for example, paypal.gib.be-ri.sh.com and paypal.weirdTLD are not the same as paypal.com. Also ensure all electronic payment sites use HTTPS and have valid certificates. (X) Achievement Unlocked: Done your civic duty for the day
PS: For laughs, I looked this dude up. Turns out the account he links to is registered to a Maciej Skaliński of Poland (I’d love to know why Europeans localise their first names to English). I guess that explains the grammar, but it doesn’t excuse it. If you’re writing to someone in their native language in a professional capacity, get somebody who knows the language to proofread it, even if you just run it through a word processor’s grammar checker.