Phishing for romance

A while back I wrote a blog about an email I had received with the subject header “I care for you a lot, Justine.”

It was humorous and quite easily picked out as an attempt to solicit personal information from a link that was probably a virus of some kind. The email return address was for an Ahmad Bashayreh, and it was signed, “Luv, you know who.”

Well, this week I received an email that is even more fun. In a creepy, hit-on-a-lonely-person kind of way.

The subject header states, “Justine I hope this isn’t a mistake.”

Now, this was sent to my work email. Crabby people call or email me on a regular basis to let me know that I must have made a mistake because their brother/son/mother/cousin/whatever would never commit whatever crime I just wrote about, so I must have made the whole thing up. They are generally not polite about it.

Because of this, the header caught my attention. I was expecting to be yelled at via email, but read it anyway.

“Hiya Justine,” the email read. “Im not confident if Im still going to press send on this message, though I must write it or I will go crazy…I dont know how else to mention it. I have a crush on you…been day dreaming about you always and Im scared to show my feelings to you…you will figure out why if you knew who this was. I may regret this later, however I believe I want to tell you now. I wrote a private blog post for you…here it is.”

Then there is a link that says “private blog for Justine.”

“I hope I’m not making a mistake though after writing this I know I have to click Send.”
So last week someone cared for me a lot, and this week someone has a crush on me. How exciting! Someone has been day dreaming abut me and is nervous about approaching me. Ooh la la, this turns a girl’s head!

Or it could be a scam. Sad.

When I place my cursor over the link, it shows me where the link goes, which is to an Internet address at blogspot.com, a legitimate blog site. Knowing better than to just click away, I consulted our IT guy, Aaron Vaseca. He looked up the site address on his phone (he is an IT guy, they can do that), and it directed him to another site.

“There’s something in the actual post that sends you somewhere else,” he said.

“Is that site harmful?” I asked.

“Could be,” he replied.

With a little research, he discovered the site led to something called spotincharge.com. So we did what every other person in the world does when faced with a puzzle. We Googled it. I found a page called “Secret Admirer Scam.”

Well, it seems the link leads you to another page that states, “If you’re reading this I guess you got my e-mail. I’m still not completely sure about this but I can’t hide my feelings any longer. I want you to guess who I am and approach me yourself. To help you out with your guessing I made a few pictures and videos with Justine written on my body. Theyre kind of risque photos so I had to make a profile at http://www.newfriendly.com and post them there. My username in the members area is ILuvJustine09. Its a free website but you might need a CC or Debit to verify your age because I had to. Sigh. But anyway sign up at http://www.newfriendly.com and once you are inside search for me. I want you to guess who I am and then approach me yourself. Im shy and this is the bravest thing Ive probably ever done but you need to do the rest.”

Guess what happens next? Your card is charged and you get to see pornography. Which makes the header just a little funnier.

“Justine I hope this isn’t a mistake.”

The mistake would have been doing what the email told me to do.

So, it turns out I don’t have a secret admirer, no one is day dreaming about me or is scared to show me their feelings and no one has a crush on me. A little bit of a downer, but I’ll be fine. I have a not-so-secret admirer who did have a crush on me in high school. Close enough, right? It must have impressed me. I married him.

All things considered, the idea of someone writing my name on their body is kind of icky. As is the thought of being admired by someone who had absolutely no idea how to use punctuation.

8 thoughts on “Phishing for romance

  1. Dear Justine,
    I’ve loved you since the moment we first laid eyes on each other.
    You’ve worked so hard your entire mothering life to make sure your children are well cared for and happy. And they are. They have an amazing mother.
    Your love for music amuses me and i love you for it too. You listen to everything, even stuff you might not like, just to give it a chance. You sing when ppl are watching, you dance around your house and get ppl involved with interesting projects.
    You have beautiful skin, like Nicole Kidman, that im happy I inherited.
    You’re an amazing woman and everyone admires you for something. Even ppl who don’t like you (because you’re not afraid to share your opinion and knowledge) know you have confidence. And it makes them hate you, which means you win:-)
    You’re just amazing and beautiful and wonderful and Ill always love you. Everyone that has you in their life is lucky.
    Just remember that ok?

    There. Now you got a very sincere love letter:-)

    Love you Mommy

  2. For anyone wondering, that above comment is from my sweetheart daughter. I know this, because only thre people in the world call me mommy, and the boys would never think to mention their skin. Thank you, Maggie Mae. I love you too, baby.

  3. Charles,

    This is difficult for me to do because I’m shy.. but I have a crush on you. I’ve never been able to tell you for reasons which you would quickly identify as obvious if you knew who this was. With that said, I want you to guess who I am, and approach me yourself.

    To help you out with your guessing I made a few pictures and videos with ‘Charles’ written on my body. They’re kind of risque photos so I had to make a profile at CAMSPACEONLINE.COM and post them there. I made my username on the site ‘CharlesandME09′. (It’s a free website but you might need a CC or Debit to verify your age because I had to. Sigh.)

    But anyway sign up at CAMSPACEONLINE.COM and once you are inside search for ‘CharlesandME09′. I want you to guess who I am and then approach me yourself. I’m shy and this is the bravest thing I’ve probably ever done, but you need to do the rest.

    Kisses,
    Secret Admirer?
    haha. Bye

  4. I got the same thing in my email from three different “senders”, word for word. It’s a bot scam to get your card numbers. This is becomming as common as “I am and suchandso from nigeria. help me with my bank transfer”.

  5. I too have received about 6 different e mails, usually originating from a hotmail address with a link to a cute Teddy Bear card. Then comes the catch-Credit Card Info to verify age. Anybody that knows me well enough to have a crush would know better than to ask me enter this info. I have the secret admirer filed away with my billions in Nigeria.

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