The following is a conversation that recently occurred between myself and Shane:
Shane: I got an email from Jeff with a link to cheap Canadian pills. When I clicked it, it was just selling Via.gra. Why would he send that to me?
Erin: Oh, Shane. Did you really click the link?
Shane: Well, yeah. I don't understand why he'd think I'd be interested.
Erin: We need to change your email password. Emails like that mean that his account was hacked and generally, if you click the link, your account is now vulnerable, too.
Shane: No, no, it wasn't a spam email. It was from my cousin Jeff. It had his email and everything.
Erin: I know what you mean, but it wasn't really from him. A spam bot sends out emails to everyone in his address book.
We log into Shane's email, where he insists on showing me the subject line and how it was really sent from his cousin, until I finally convince him of it. Of course, it then takes me five minutes to change his email password because he has a HOTMAIL account and I haven't used Hotmail since high school. We finally change it and Shane says:
You're so smart. I'm so glad you're smart at this because I don't get it at all.
And that, my friends, is the understatement of the year.