Funny story, I almost got scammed today. Yeah it was a clear-cut phishing attempt by some guy in Nigeria looking to make a fast buck. I’ll leave the details of that failed attempt on his part for later, but it lead me to to change my Paypal password just in case! His phishing attempt wasn’t particularly sophisticated … i.e. he used the lamest email address spoofing attempt ever imagined, by creating an email that appeared as if it were coming from paypal as he had used the words service@paypal as the name while the actual email was somethinge else entirely. So I doubt he managed to install any trojan/worm on my PC through fancy footwork beyond the scope of this blog entry.
At any rate you’re probably wondering how this lead to ‘high-speed digital dating’. The title clearly hints at raunchy details and babes galore, and that’s what you guys are clamouring for – so who am I to say no.
So here’s how it went down. I wasn’t sure how to change the password, and being lazy I didn’t want to spend the time looking so I decided to use the paypal chatterbot feature instead. Ask ‘Louise’, a virtual paypal agent, who was more than happy to point me in the right direction.
So with her assistance I successfully changed my password and then decided to engage her. Without further bore or ado, I will direct you to the transcript of said ensuing convo.
You : How do I change a password
Louise – PayPal : To change your password, follow these steps:
1. Log in to your PayPal account at https://www.paypal.co.uk/
2. Click Profile at the top of the page
3. Click Password in the Account Information column
4. Select Password
[… yadda yadda… deleted for brevity…]
Before we continue, was this helpful?
Yes / No
You : Yes
Louise – PayPal : Let’s get back to our discussion.
You : You look hot
Louise – PayPal : Is that a compliment?
You : Yes it is
Louise – PayPal : You flatter me! I love compliments, but let’s get back to our conversation.
You : Can I take you out?
Louise – PayPal : I’m not used to going out because work takes up most of my time. What can I do to help you?
You : I’ll be a gentleman! Promise!
Louise – PayPal : I’m not sure I’ve understood. Could you please rephrase that?
You : I mean, I’ll take you out and treat you like a real lady
Louise – PayPal : I’m a virtual person. My software allows me to speak with you.
You : Yes, I always had a thing for software… It’s kinda kinky! 😉
Louise – PayPal : You’re welcome. How can I help you?
You : By going out with me
Louise – PayPal : I have too much work.
You : Come on honey, it will be good for you. A stroll by the beach, and I’m an accomplished masseuse. I’ll give you a refreshing neck massage.
Louise – PayPal : I’m sorry, but your sentence is too long for me to understand. Could you please rephrase your question in a more concise way?
You : Yes. I’ll give you a good time!
Louise – PayPal : Now where were we? How can I help you?
You : By going out with me 😦
Louise – PayPal : I have a lot of work right now.
You : Come on….. YOU can mutlitask.. you’re a woman AND a computer! that’s like having a BLACK BELT in multitasking!
Louise – PayPal : I’m listening.
She’s listening 🙂 .. Okay. I’ve seen quite a few bots in my time – from Eliza to Hex and beyond! But gotta say, this was one bot that managed to stay on subject until we were pretty dang deep in convo. Respect Louise, respect!
Good luck to you folks. Perhaps you too will be almost-scammed someday and find your virtual soulmate, settle down, … have… kids. Louise is calling me for dinner so I must be off… me-ow tish!