Scam alert: [Fwd: Thank you from One Laptop per Child]
seth at laptop.org
Sun Nov 16 15:05:47 EST 2008
On Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 2:57 PM, <pgf at laptop.org> wrote:
> chris wrote:
> > Benjamin M. Schwartz wrote:
> > > -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
> > > Hash: SHA1
> > >
> > > pgf at laptop.org wrote:
> > >> this mail was/is legitimate, and is part of the G1G1 launch
> > >> starting tomorrow. the links go through a redirector so that
> > >> OLPC can see statistics on click-through responses.
> > >>
> > >> i understand completely why it made you nervous, however. we'll
> > >> consult with our mailing partner to find out what we can do about
> > >> the URLs in future mailings.
> > I'm sorry, if I get an e-mail with visible links to
> > amazon.com/xo and the hidden version not coming from
> > the amazon.com domain I will delete first and ask
> > questions later.
> > This trick is *exactly* what phishing and identity
> > theft spammers do. I certainly would not forward
> > such a message to anyone without verification of
> > its validity.
> > If the links were instead to some scrambled URL in
> > same domain, e.g. laptop.org, that would at least
> > indicate that the link gibberish is likely valid
> > since it is in the same domain as the link claims
> > to be.
> i agree completely. one more level of redirect (from us to our
> partner site then to the real destination would be far better. i
> confess i noticed it as the mail was being prepared, but my alarm
> bells didn't go off. (probably because i was on the sending end,
> and not the receiving end. :-)
> we'll do better next time.
The system handling our emails did this auto-magically. If we were to
do this more than once we would likely setup a better system for it.
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