We demand that you take 5 minutes out of your online experience ...

I just have to take less than five minutes to comment on a line from the latest PayPal phishing scam I got. The complete text of their passionately persuasive plea is:

"We demand that you take 5 minutes out of your online experience and renew your records to avoid running into any future problems with the online service. However, failure to update your records will result in your account suspension. Once you have updated your account records your internet banking service will not be interrupted and will continue as normal."

Oh, the comments I could make. Wow. But, anyway, the fact that they're "demanding" is a really interesting choice of words. Do you think phishers would get better results if they said, "Please"?

Comments

Citizen O said…
I see a lot of these scams at work. This one is more cogent than most, but even this one makes me think that the writer's first language isn't English.

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