If you get email which encourages you to make a telephone call to express your support for John Kerry or George Bush, don’t do it without thinking twice and reading thrice!
Spam which suggests that you make just such a call is making the rounds, but the 900 number provided for you to call does not register with a presidential poll, and instead lines the pockets of those sending the spam from a server somewhere in the Czech Republic, according to British security firm BlackSpider.
Some versions of the mail include such choice tidbits as “The extremely jubilant crowds in Baghdad appeared to vindicate President George Bush’s belief that the military action in Iraq was the right move. … But many questions still remain over the lack of hard evidence of Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction. With these tough times before us, let us know.” Users are then guilted into making the 900 number call with the admonishment that $1.99 (the charge for the first minute) is a small price to pay for “a better democracy”.
Really, if you want to take part in a poll which makes a difference, go to your local polling place on Tuesday, November 2nd. Not to the telephone to dial a spammed 900 number.
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