As the Internet becomes more secure from spam advertisers and the people who use the Internet become more educated about adware, it is getting harder and harder for spam advertisers to catch someone off guard. Not only are we, as Internet users, getting better about catching and guarding ourselves against these people, but the scammers and spammers are getting much worse at their jobs as well.
It is almost as though spammers and scammers are thinking that we are all just dumb people surfing the web. Today, I was watching an episode of one of my favorite shows online and an ad popped up that exclaimed in big, bold, blue letters:
"Congratulations! You just won a free Apple Zune! Click here to claim your prize!"
Well, oh my goodness! Stop the presses! I won an Apple Zune! The problem is that there is no such thing as an Apple Zune. Zune is owned by Microsoft, and unless I have been mistaken for many years now, Apple is the manufacturer and sales home of the iPod. Even if they were educated enough to place the correct MP3 player in this very misinformed spammer's piece of adware, I still would not have clicked on it. And the worst part is that I have seen so many incorrect ads these days that almost makes me want to help correct them. Not even the dumbest Internet user would click on that. There was another one I read on a different website that said:
"No joke: You just won a Prius! Click here to find out how to claim this luxury automobile."
First off, if you say "no joke" at the beginning of the advertisement, you are sunk. Nobody would ever believe that is not a joke, especially when they decided to define a Prius as a "luxury automobile." However, that is beside the point. My point is that hackers, spammers, and scammers are getting worse at what they do, which is probably a good thing for regular users like us. But this also shows how uneducated our new age of spam artists are. They cannot even write an advertisement correctly that would make even the most technologically uneducated person click it. I thought I would share this with all of you, seeing how it is not only informative, but utterly hilarious.