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Apparently, the latest scam to hit AOL's members' mailboxes (well, mine, anyway) is this little "we just charged your card, okay?" dealie, where you're supposed to click a link in a completely unofficial-looking email and probably "verify" your credit card number:

Dear AOL member,

There has been a purchase added to your AOL billing method. This purchase took place at If this order was unauthorized and you would like to cancel or review this order, please click here (link removed to protect the dangerously stupid)

Below is listed information about your order.
Produce - 32 dozen long stem roses

Price - $79.99
Shipment Type - 3-5 Day Ground
Shipping and handling - $13.65
Total Price - $93.64

Anybody who's dumb enough to believe this sort of thing probably has a hard time performing complicated tasks like sealing an envelope or crossing the street without advance planning. That goes double or triple for anybody who gets duped by this particular email, which was sent from the screen name of some (purported) AOL billing department lackey named...YoungFatHoe!

Posted by aalkon at September 12, 2003 12:00 AM


YoungFatHoe? I just ate there last night. Excellent Kung Pow Chicken!

Posted by: Lena Cuisina at September 12, 2003 7:34 AM

You got spammed from someone who called themselves a "Young Fat Garden Tool?"

I got one of those, too, and I didn't click on mine either. The name did seem rather odd, but it wasn't the neophyte corpulent weeding tool who spammed me. Mine came from FiNeSeXyMoNkEy. I wonder if AOL staffers consider it professional to adopt the aDoLeScEnT sTyLe Of TyPiNg ThAt Is So AnNoYiNg.

I'm also wondering where this simian learned to type and who is it that finds a monkey sexy?

Posted by: Patrick at September 12, 2003 7:56 AM