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  • What we also need to get users to do is read the actual email and determine if it sounds plausible based on the language used within.

    Taking another meaning from the same sentence, the only time I got a mail that almost persuaded me, I was extremely suspicious due to the poor grammar (or maybe it was spelling) in a couple of places. It wasn't Nigerian 419 quality, but it still made me wonder and helped me to slow down and think things through before acting too quickly. (The only reason I found it plausible was they hit me by coincidence when some similar events actually were going on with my account.)

    I'm told over and over again by people online and in real life that I'm foolish for caring so much about grammar and spelling. The idea that people should actually know how to write is outdated. The language is moving on, and so should we. It's just like back in school when people who actually wanted to learn were mocked, and being ignorant was a virtue to be praised and laughed joyfully about.

    Yet I'll be the one who doesn't have my shirt stolen by scammers because I know enough to tell when a letter sent to me is professionally done, or just written by the willful ignoramus from sixth grade who made fun of me for telling him that "alot" was two words and still hasn't taken any steps to learn anything. Said ignoramus is now apparently incapable of making an honest living.

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers