I feel I am surrounded in spam. Not only do I get it in my email, snail mail and on my phone, but now I get it from the recruiting sites I use (monster.com, careerbuilder.com and other random sites) and also on my Wii! Now I expected to get a few fake emails here and there from the recruiting sites as evil people always prey on the vulnerable, but I am getting at least one spam email that may seem kind of real to some people, daily.
The emails usually start off sounding legit. Something like “We are constantly on the look out for professionals to fulfill the staffing needs of our clients, and we currently have a job opening that may interest you” so you get all excited thinking this may be the opportunity you are looking for. But NO! you keep reading and realize that something is amiss. While it may be from a legit sounding company, perhaps Prudential or Aflac, it is instead a spam email recruiting you for a fake sales job. Or perhaps that sales job is real, but you have to pay money to take classes to be a salesperson, etc. I have also gotten spam messages from a company called Princeton Information, Chubb, Primerica among others.
Today I got spam in a completely new way (for me, anyway). The blue light on my Wii kept blinking even when it was off. It really annoyed me as I figured it was wasting electricity – even though probably not much. I googled the issue as usual and found it that was Wii’s way of telling me I had a message. Again, I thought “Oh cool! A friend must have found me (even though no one really have my Wii id number). But NO! Wii was just spamming me with some generic message about something stupid the Wii does or now has or some other crap.
Another 45 seconds of my life wasted!
To end on a positive note, a great way to stop receiving so many catalogs in the mail is to sign up with catalogchoice.org This is a legit site that actually is able to stop senders of catalogs you are not interested in to stop sending them. Great time saver for you and great way to become more “green”
PS computerknowall.com was the latest one to send me spam. How did I know it was spam? This was the signature: Best of luck in the new year,
I think perhaps the new year was 5 months ago……just sayin’
PPS Careerbuilder reached out to me to look into the spam I was receiving; however, they didn’t actually care to fix the problem. After sending them the spam messages, this is what I received in return:
Thank you for contacting CareerBuilder’s Trust and Site Security Team.
The company referenced below is a registered Employer with CareerBuilder. However, the original email message you received was not sent through the CareerBuilder network. As with any employment opportunity, I do recommend researching the company to see if the opportunity or position offered is right for you.
Trust and Site Security Team
CareerBuilder.com | Experience Better
www.ic3.gov | FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center
See if a company who spams is right for me? I think not! JERKS!