Verisign Spam

Some people never learn. If you spam me, there is a good chance that I WILL mock you on the internet. Sure my site gets all of 2 readers a week, but they will know how big of a jackass you are.

Here is the spam that I got from Verisign:

—— Forwarded Message
From: “Borgches, Sergio”
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 11:39:24 -0500
To: Webmaster
Subject: Ineffective EV SSL Certificate on domain: my.lightedge.com

Dear Webmaster

Ineffective EV SSL Certificate on domain: my.lightedge.com

Are you aware that the Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificate that
you have on your domain does not display the standard EV interface
that your customers are expecting on Firefox 3.5?

Mozilla launched the latest version of their browser, on 2 July 2009.
Not only has it won the Guinness World Record for more than a
million downloads in a short time, but Firefox 3 currently accounts
for over 20% of global browser market share.

Instead of displaying the GREEN address bar, which reassures visitors
that your site is safe and authentic, it is displaying the BLUE
address bar, which means they do not get the full benefit of EV.
(Please see screenshot attached).

A rapidly growing portion of your Web site visitors are not seeing
the green address bar. It has shown in research that users look for
the green address bar on the sites with which they transact and that
77% of users will hesitate to complete the transaction on a site that
once had the green address bar but no longer does (TecEd study,
2007).

VeriSign is the leader in EV SSL security and we would like to assist
you to rectify this problem by offering you a replacement EV SSL
Certificate AT NO CHARGE! Our Extended Validation SSL Certificates
trigger the green bar in Firefox 3.5. We work closely with the
browser manufacturers to make sure that our customers’ security is
always world class and that there are no interruptions in your online
security.

To take advantage of this offer, and to make sure that your address
bar is GREEN in all current EV-enabled browsers please contact me and
I’ll help you switch to VeriSign, the worldwide leader in trusted
Internet communications and commerce.

Yours faithfully

Sergio Borgches
Inside Sales Executive
VeriSign Security Services
sborgches@verisign.com
Toll Free: 866.893.6565 option 1 ext 2296

First off Sergio, the webmaster address? Really? Like anyone really reads that stuff anymore. Half the time these go to an admin buried deep in cubeland who has filters that take webmaster, hostmaster and yourmom@domain.com and filter them into the bit bucket. I have these same filters, I’m that guy! I just happened to be going through my spam folder (yes, it was caught as spam Sergio!) when I found this little gem. I just couldn’t pass it up. Here’s my advice Sergio, if you really wanted to get someone’s attention, you CALL them.

Now, besides the fact that you didn’t call, this is a bit like ambulance chasing if you ask me. And I can’t say that I really blame you for it, but it still makes you a scum bag. The issue isn’t with the certificate. The certificate is STILL an Extended Validation (EV) certificate that shows up with the green bar in just about every browser that is out there except for Firefox 3.5. Why? Well its a bug in the browser. More details can be found here. If you happen to have a Verisign, Thawte or I think GeoTrust, you’re fine. This just seems to be an issue with a few providers. Globalsign being one of those. But never fear, addons.mozilla.com is also protected by a GlobalSign EV certificate so they are well aware of this issue. But instead of taking the high road and just putting out a press release saying that Verisign customers are not affected by the latest EV certificate issues in FireFox 3.5, you took the lowest road of them all and sent out spam spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt. Way to keep it classy!

So this Sergio is why I’m not going to swing my business over to you. Sure you’re just trying to get a leg up on the competition. But the methods in which you are doing it make me want to work with GlobalSign even more.

Warranty Robo Calls!

Is anyone else receiving the warranty robo calls? I am. And I even complained about it to the FTC since my number is on the do-not-call list. I have received 2 calls and filled out the necessary paper work to file a complaint. The follow up on my filing, I got a letter this week stating that my calls did not violate the law yada yada yada. I’m guessing it is due to the fact that one of the questions was, did the caller leave a phone number or email address to opt out. I didn’t listen to the entire call so I couldn’t tell you for sure. I’m guessing they give the benefit of the doubt to the caller.

Well, seems that some members of congress are getting calls and there are hundreds of thousands people just like me that have complained.

Federal regulators are close to filing lawsuits against companies behind a national wave of spam “robo-calls” that warn people their auto warranties are about to expire and offer new service plans, two senators said Tuesday.

The Federal Trade Commission has started investigations into several companies involved in the deceptive calls, and the agency expects to bring cases against them within days, Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Mark Warner, D-Va., said at a news conference. The FTC also is providing a link on its Web site for consumers to file complaints.

The message “Your Car Warranty Has Expired,” offering a deal on an extended warranty, already has brought some 300,000 inquiries and 4,000 complaints to the Better Business Bureau from consumers who received the calls over the past two years. The calls come even if the consumer has signed up for the national “Do Not Call” registry, which is maintained by the FTC.

source
Finally we might be getting somewhere!

Spam!

There’s nothing like a security company spamming you. Sure sure, some people might claim that I’ve signed up for this. Notice the header, it was sent to webmaster. Who signs up webmaster on a mailing list. NO ONE!!!

Nice try comodo, I’m not buying.

Comodo Spam

Marketing Campaigns

Two days ago, I received a call wanting to take 40 seconds of my time to tell me about a great movie and that this was not a sales call.

Several things pissed me off about this one.

  1. If you are taking the time to focus marketing at me, you’re selling to me. Just cut the BS and move on.
  2. This was my cell phone which is used for work. My company pays for it, its a business line. Luckily, the poor schmuck on the other end of the line decided to end the call after I stated it was a business line. Because I was going to state after that, “This is a business line and you’re 5 seconds away from an ass chewing.” At which point I would teach him words he had never heard of while threatening to do things that I’m pretty sure are illegal in this country as well as most of the Northern Hemisphere.
  3. Do you honestly think I’m going to go to your movie after this “marketing” tactic? I used to fight email spam, the last thing I’m going to do is go to a movie that is promoted through phone spamming.
  4. What the heck happened to the do not call list? My cell number IS on there. Yes, yes, I need to report it for it to do anything, but why haven’t others so these assholes get shutdown

Luckily, Verizon is laying the legal smack down on these jackasses. Thank you Verizon!!!

419 Morons!

Good lord! I can’t believe that people haven’t learned yet. In the past week, I have seen 2 stories about some dumbass losing hundreds of thousands of dollars to a scammer in a 419 Scam.

First we have John Rempel who sounds like not only did he lose his own savings, but decided to take some friends and family along with him. Nice job John!

Next up, we have Richard T. Howell Jr. which was another form of the 419 scam. Now, Howell got caught up in something a lot more sophisticated. But even he admits he was a dumbass.

So let this be the warning to everyone out there. If it comes in email, and it sounds to good to be true, it probably is. Delete it and move on with your life.