We’ve all heard there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but this is not always easily remembered when online. The latest example of that is the number of iPhone related phishing messages that had flooded my inbox while I was on vacation. Some of the links didn’t even need to claim it was a ‘free’ deal; just a site claiming to have the cool tool in stock was enough to get clicks.
Of course this is nothing new. Go back and replace ‘iPhone’ with ‘Wii’ or ‘PSP’ or ‘Nano’ and you get similar results. As a gadget geek, I’m always at least a little tempted when I see one of these deal emails come in. I think back to the few times I have gotten a free lunch from the Internet borg, free speakers from some early online music start up or free Microsoft discs from a Vista promotion. It’s not far fetched to believe that some new start up is blowing their marketing wad to ride the wave of the latest ‘gotta-have-it’ item. But like they say “if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is not”… And then multiply by 3.14 to take into account the Internet factor 🙂
Damn you, spammers! I think you may have found my weakness.