The email scams never end. The latest one to befoul my inbox is purportedly from Google’s very own Lawrence “Larry” Page to advise me of my random prize. Woot!
Wait a minute… something’s not quite right here.
- Why is there no Google branding? It’s Google. If anyone has brand guidelines for digital marketing it’s Google.
- Why is there no subject line? Surely Google understands the important of properly worded subject lines to ensure the avoidance of spam filters and get the recipient’s undivided attention.
- Why would Larry Page be emailing me? Surely he has more important things to do.
- Would Larry really sign off as Lawrence “Larry” Page?
- Hang on. Larry says he’s randomly selected my email address for this prize. So why did he send it to my Yahoo email rather than my Google-supplied Gmail account?
- Uh-oh, that doesn’t look like Larry’s email address. Who is firstname.lastname@example.org? Hojo.com is the site of Howard Johnson hotels which has nothing to do with Google or Larry Page.
- Why is Larry’s email footer written in Spanish?
- Why does Larry still think he’s the CEO of Google Inc when he stepped down from that role in August 2015 to let Sundar Pichai assume the role of CEO?
Poor Larry. He seems so confused.
Perhaps I better download and open the PDF attachment to see what Larry is talking about as it may shed clues to his mental health. And it probably won’t contain any kind of Trojan horse virus that sets my hard drive afire.
It strikes me as odd that these scammers have enough digital savvy to construct or find viral attachments, build or use software that searches for email addresses and stream emails to unwitting recipients, then also supposedly have the technological wherewithall to extract data from said recipients’ hard drives to be able to access online bank accounts or other sensitive information and perhaps even steal an entire identity… but they don’t know about Wikipedia where they could read Larry’s bio to see that he’s no longer the CEO.
Ironically, they didn’t even use Google to see what Hojo is. Or to find some Google branding. Or maybe even the names of genuine marketing staff at Google. Or examples of email marketing from a world of brands.
It’s not that hard. And now I’ve provided a bunch of links for them to get it right.
You’re welcome, Mr Scammy McScamscam.
P.S. The Spanish footer translates as:
“This message has been scanned by MailScanner for viruses and other harmful content , and is considered to be clean.”
Either ironic or sarcastic. Maybe both.