Double Vision with Charlie Adley
I forgot who I am and the family I come from. Beguiled by the supposed ease of gift shopping online, I ordered three DVDs from Amazon. After receiving the usual order confirmation and tracking number, I was slightly concerned when I started to get spammy emails from a company that claimed to be delivering for Amazon.
We’re constantly told what not to do online. Don’t divulge personal information. Never click on a link in an email. Even if a message looks completely kosher, scan it for any sign of error.
These days the scammers have it down to a fine art, so it can take a while to spot the strange spelling mistake, the odd spacing, the dodgy-sounding address, or unusual grammar and language.
That’s why my hackles went up when I started to be bombarded by emails from Rupa, Mehnaz, Mrudula, Abhishek, Rupa again and Mounika.
Their emails couldn’t have looked more suspicious. Each demanded that if I wanted my delivery, I had to send them my mobile number, eircode and address. They used a beige font, crazy spacing, quoting order numbers and tracking numbers that failed to correspond to anything.
Also the language they used was plain weird: “Hi, Good day you! This is Mounika reaching out to you…”
I mean, would you trust that?
Surely, if they’re delivering for Amazon, they’d have my details anyway?
Bizarrely, it turned out they were actually genuine, but can you blame me for thinking they’d hacked into my order?
I explained that if they sent me a phone number, or called me, I’d share my information, but not online.
In return I received more spammy requests.
Weary from the hassle, I signed into Amazon, to be greeted by a banner announcing:
“Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company.”
Well hoorah and yippee! Clearly I’d have no problem sorting out my little problem. I’ll just take a peek on the My Orders page and, oh hang on, wait a bloomin’ minute! They say my DVDs were delivered weeks ago.
Cheeky little bastards.
To read Charlie’s column in full, please see this week’s Galway City Tribune.
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