Friday, December 14, 2012

The Most Inept Phishing Email I've Had In Some Time

Whoever you are metaamerica dot org, you are seriously funny:

It was door to our attention that your VISA / MasterCard must PROTECTION part of our continuing commitment to protect your card and reduce fraud. If you could take 3-5 minutes of your online experience and to allow protection of your card When you start protecting your card, you will not encounter future problems with the online service. To start protecting your credit card, click the link below:

I can only assume this is dictation software gone seriously amok.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Saving My Money

The Harvard Business Review wants me to subscribe. They sent a little package in the mail. I qualify for their corporate discount - 75% off their cover price of $438, a savings of $329. Actually, the cover price for the physical magazine is $169.50. The other $268.50 is for the digital magazine and access to their electronic archive. I'd describe the last two as throw-ins to the print subscription, but then I’d be only getting the peon’s discount of 36% and I’d only be saving $60.50. The little yellow piece of paper says this is the “lowest rate we allow”. I have 5 days to act, as if they know when the post is delivered. Even the bookmark isn’t nice. 
A little code on the reply form tells me The London Review of Books sold my address to them. Why would a LRB subscriber be a good candidate to subscribe to the Harvard Business Review other than affluence?