Last Friday, I discussed the pitfalls of spam snail mail. However, it's important for you to understand that false contests are present in more than just stuff you get in the mail - banner ads can be just as dangerous.
Look at this one I found:
You see the obvious problems here, don't you?
For guys the problem is of course the prize. If you're anything like me, unless you have someone special to give it to, winning a purse as a guy is comparable in awesomeness to winning a kick in the face. Seriously.
But, assuming you have some interest in the "prize," there are still some major concerns.
As you probably noticed, the advertisement carries a dreaded asterisk - a reliable indicator of trouble*. However, you may not have realized that the whole contest is clearly a trick question. While the picture is undeniably that of Lindsay Lohan, and while CDs of material have been released under Ms. Lohan's name, anyone who knows anything about music knows that she is not a real singer.
In other words, there is no right answer to this question; by choosing any one of the three answers, you're dooming yourself.
Remember, even if you were to win, all you get is some stupid handbag, and they (meaning the contest scam artists) probably get your soul or something.
So before you click, wizen up and face the facts: even if it's a designer one, do you really want to go to Hell over a handbasket?
Didn't think so.
*Editor's Note: Asterisk usage on the Unknown Knowns site does not need to be dreaded because it is merely a way for CJ to put random stuff on the bottom of posts, and not a way for him to create stipulations that might ultimately result in the forfeiture of your soul.