Friday, November 25, 2011

Why Grammar is Important by Mango Momma (a PSA)


I have a folder in my email that I labeled "scams." Sometimes, just for fun, I look through it. I'm thinking "what kind of moron would fall for this?" Well, they are getting better and better at making their emails look like official business from Western Union or PayPal.

However, a quick grammar check always shows them out. Take this snippet from one of my favorites...

The Group western union thanks you for your business and appreciates your comprehension

Got it? Then this follow up, included in its entirety (I have highlighted some of the errors for those of you who are grammatically challenged).

Hello,

Please be informed that i will be going to FedEx office today to Pay the
$100usd for the package keeping security fee as we have discussed and
aggreed and i wish to hear from you once you receive the package.

Meanwhile, remember that Fedex Delivery Company Ltd does not know the
content of the package because i registered it as a second handed cloth and
shoes to avoid stolen the fund, please this is for security purposes.

Just contact FEDEX COURIER DELIVERY COMPANY Ltd by tomorrow evening as i'm
sure that i would have pay them for the keeping security fee.

The Executive Manager's name is Eric Baltimore like i told you before, and
their email address is [deleted]

I will soon get back to you with their customer service phone number incase
if there's any more information you need from them.

Please make sure you carefully send to them the below information needed for
the delivery.

Your full name, home address, phone number, a copy of your picture then
these below
company registration number and code for confirmation.

Company Registration: AG70115
Code: 0478234

Note: the only fee you have to pay to them is $135usd that they will use in
obtaining the fund's insurance certificate which will cover up the package
and the delivering fee. Then be rest assured that i have paid other fees.

Thanks
Yours Sincerely.

Now, friends, one frequently despairs as there is a collective movement towards poor grammar and odd abbreviations that people will become more and more likely to be fooled by these thieves. So, remember,

  1. Don't trust offers that come out of nowhere, even from friends.
  2. Do a flyover on any email addresses or links (you will see that they are not what they seem).
  3. If a trusted account is suddenly asking you to re-enter your password or personal information (PayPal, Amazon, etc.) DON'T.
  4. Please, please practice your grammar. Luckily, these con artists still haven't passed the grammar and spelling test.
Finally, here is a picture of Big Dog and Devil Dog from yesterday after they had completed their pissing contest for the day. Sadly, no photos of the turkey catching fire on the grill.



Mango Momma

P.S. So maybe there are a couple of punctuation issues with my blue, italicized text. Whatever.

32 comments:

ArtemisiaFSS said...

Humans use such odd language anyway we are not surprised they makes mistakes meowing, hissing, barking, growling etc makes lots more sense and is much easier to understand don't you think.

1000 Goldens said...

Thank you for the laugh, Mango Momma :)

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

thanks for the heads up Mango. Those scammers can be tricksy!

Jen said...

As a former English teacher, I always giggle a bit at those scams. I figure, if you can't write proper English, well, that has to be a tip off!

Wish you had pics of the turkey on fire, I can imagine what a sight that was!

Jen and the mostly Black Dog Crew

HoundDogMom said...

We don't understand how people fall these things either. Usually if we don't know the address we don't open and delete immediately. Darn, I was really hoping to see the picture of the turkey catching on fire. That would make an awesome bird picture for Sarge's Give Us The Bird Week. BOL Sniffs, The HoundDogs

Amber DaWeenie said...

Da Momma always watches her grammar and spellings and stuffs and dese emails dat come really cracks her up! How do anyone really fall for some of dis stuff!!

:o)

DogsMom said...

Sounds as if you had an exciting Thanksgiving.
Thank you for the PSA and reminder to not throw away all our elementary school lessons in this "new age."

Tank said...

My asst. is almost OCD about proper grammar. The slightest typo makes her cringe (especially if she's the guilty party.) Another beef she has is poor penmanship. Young adults today don't even know the proper way to hold a writing utensil, much less write in cursive. Have you noticed? They can usually print, but that's about it.
She guesses the schools just don't have time to teach it anymore since they're forced to give tests all the time instead... "No Child Left Behind" (according to her teacher friends) has been a huge albatross seriously infringing on their ability to actually teach. OMD, Mango Momma, you've unleashed my asst. this morning... I must go try to settle her down.

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

When my brother in law got online for the first time...in his sixties, he called me daily about email scams!

Sadly I did fall for one myself. I happened to be about my ebay feedback, something I valued at the time, and I quickly logged in ...twice! And just as quickly realized what had happened and changed my passwords!

Love the new header!

The Army of Four said...

Does this mean my mom DIDN'T just win the British Lottery?
Woo.
Luv,
DAve

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock said...

Hear, Hear!!!!!

Pippa said...

Misery rarely reads tosh like that. At least we agree we are only interested in comments on our blogs. Other emails are invariably irrelevant.

You have reminded me that there is something else I must post though. For next week maybe.

Pippa

PS how goes the patita??

Ludo van Doggy said...

Mum has fun reading those at work and seeing what the flyover says.
I's not so sure about your adopt a zombie thing, Mum has been watching that walking dead thing. Did you see them eat the horse that time? Mango I is sure I's heard your DOH say you could eat a horse, I hope it not catching!

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

I got one a few days ago asking me to take a 10% fee of the $10,000,000 that will be entrusted to me to donate to 'home for babies without mothers'. Uh-huh. Actually the phrase 'babies without mothers' while not actually funny, struck me as such a funny way of saying orphan (and would that be 'orphan' as in frequently, or 'orphan' as in person with no parents - yes, I'm a Gilbert and Sullivan fan...) that I emailed them back to see if I could PLEASE, PLEASE send them my social security number and birthdate. Alas, I got no response! ;-)

-Dr. Liz (who may or may not being a persons who is having smartasses) *ahem*

Two French Bulldogs said...

we thought our long lost cousin in Nigeria really wanted the loot wired to him ASAP
Benny & Lily

rottrover said...

And I thought for sure that my friend, whom I had seen the day before, had really lost all her money and passport in Scotland so I sent her a lot of money... NOT

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Hi Mango Momma, a few years ago when our youngest son was ten, he received a letter from overseas saying a long lost aunty had died and if he sent his bank details they would pass on his inheritance. The spelling and grammar were so bad even he noticed. It gave us a good laugh though. No worries, and love, Carol

Bouncing Bertie said...

It takes Gail about a hundred years to send a text message as she can't even bear to use abbreviations, bad grammar and poor punctuation in those. (Hey, maybe she should start a scam - it might be successful).
Toodle pip!
Bertie.

Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

Those emails always give me a laugh!

About Liberty's awesome memory foam beds (she does have 3-4 beds!):
We have tried buying the doggy memory foam beds, but those don't seem to last long at all, and will become flat over time (definitely when you have an English Mastiff on them...).
So we went to Sam’s Club and bought a memory foam mattress topper (2 1/2 inches thick - I think) and cut them the shape of a dog bed (we always have extra doggy bed covers!) we cut 2 thicknesses of it; which will then make it 4-5 inches thick.
Such as: http://www.amazon.com/Sleep-Better-2-Inch-Elastic-Mattress/dp/B000A8BU42, (shop around for the best price though!)
We've had these beds for quite a few years, and they have lasted through all of my guide dog puppies (including the accidents...) and Liberty.
We always enjoy sitting down and sharing the doggy beds now! We did get jealous of the dogs - and ended up going out and buying each of us (humans) our very own mattress toppers and LOVE THEM! So they work amazingly well for doggy beds and humans :)

Allison - Brandon's Raiser

Sally Ann and Andy said...

Mango,
I think this a good post. Scams are quite bad.
Sally Ann

Keisha said...

Good dog, you stopped the silly people from doing something bad! :)

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Darwin would have fun with this 'evolved' species ;-)

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Tessa the Maltese said...

These peeps are so stupid that I actually got email in the name of Tessa the Maltese!

Did they think that THE was my middle name???? BOL

woos, Tessa

The Thuglets said...

we would all be soo rich if all the emails we received were for real!lol

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

ocmist said...

Grammy is pretty careful about this type of thing and she even has the email address of the Government place to turn them in so they can be tracked down. She gets a pretty good laugh at the goofs they make, too! :) Hi, to everyone! Grammy and the CCC

houndstooth said...

It always amazes me that those people are dumb enough to think people will fall for those poorly worded, spelled and punctuated scams! The word "I" was never capitalized in the whole thing. Grammar is one of those things I take very seriously, and I try to write correctly and proofread what I've written all the time. I guess I just don't understand why some people can't just work for a legitimate living instead of scamming people, either! *sigh*

Bunny's mom

tula said...

finally someone drank the corona light on your header.. but M & P both look passed out! turkey catching on fire, pissing matches, devil doggies, geesh- i missed out on a furry good time!

Hope you had a wooonderful thanksgiving!
tula

Sue said...

I've had to educate the spouse on these 'fishing' emails. Thinking he was helping me, he answered one and gave them info. We had to change bank accounts and passwords. Big help!

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Your turkey caught fire! How did you finangle that, Mango? Obviously the only thing the peeps can do with burnt turkey is feed it to the hounds :) Well done - pun intended.

Zombies, tame or otherwise: no thanks. We wouldn't mind having our own elephant, though.

Mama got one of those ebay scam things once, which was surprising as she has never used ebay and was quite sure she did not have an account that needed to be 'confirmed.' Guess those things must work well enough that it's profitable to keep doing them. Shame.

Jed & Abby

Jasmine said...

I guess these people have no choice but to attempt scams. I mean, who would give them a job with grammar skills such as those?

Mommy always says punctuation saves lives. For example:
Let's go eat, Mango.
Let's go eat Mango.

Scarey, hu?

Puppy Love,
Jasmine

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Thanks for the tips on the scam emails. I think if they had dogs guarding all emails -- we could sniff out the emails that had those bad virus stuff.

Wild Dingo said...

Everyone knows that once you are on the Internet, you have an account with EVERYONE and that you should probably comply with ANYONE who asks for account information so you won't get kicked OFF the Internet. I hear when you don't obey requests like this, all Internet priveleges are revoked.

Seriously though, I never really understand what exactly they are asking for anyway in these emails. Forget the grammar. The logic is what kills me. As in, there is none.