Standing in the river, casting on the bank

I really have to wonder: when Romanians go fishing, do they wade out into the middle of the river, and cast their lures up into the brush on the bank?

From the phishing mailbag:

Response from yabe963
Item: *Area-51M 7700* (6808709029
<http ://>)
This message was sent after the listing *closed*.
yabe963 is the *winner*.

Why aren’t you sending me the money for the item i sold you ??? I waited long
enough for you. I will report you to eBay. I am not a fool!!!

It would be unkind of me to point out how much more effective it would be if the URL referred to rather than, but, really: a message from the winner of the auction, asking for his money? I’ve never bought or sold anything through eBay, but even I know enough about auctions to know that the “*winner*” sends money to the “*seller*.” Sorry, yabe963, but I’m afraid you are a fool!!!

(Could someone explain to me the extreme fondness for punctuation amongst phishers for whom English is not a first language? I’m pretty sure that if Amazon ever does email me asking me to reactive my account, they will not use three exclamation points in a row in the subject of the email, the way the typical phishing email does.)


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