Spam, I must admit, is utterly fascinating.While it is truely annoying, it's amazing to see the lengths that people will go to in order to get around spam filters, and catch peoples attention. Misleading subject lines (we all know that one), misspelled workds. common words, with spaces or * or other characters in them. Special chars to replace common letters (1 for l, @ for a, and so on...), spam about not getting any more spam ( I love that one) I mean we all know the deal. Why anyone would think a misspelled or poorly written letter would sell products is beyond me. Is anybody actually making money off of spam? Or is it the same myth that chain letters use, the somebody got rich off the letter, but theoretically, by the time you send it out, you haven't made any money at all, but spent quite a lot, even though the letter states you're living fat of the land... <grin>
I keep getting mail that says “%RND_UC_CHAR[2-8]” in the subject line, like some script failed to process the header before it went out. Professionaly done, I must say.
Anyway, the one I like the best, I think, is the Nigeria scam. The letter I got reads something like this:
My name is MR JOHN KELU from LIBERIA, a Country in WEST AFRICA. I am in a hide out now in BENIN REPUBLIC, a neighboring Country in the same West African. I have Large sum of money for INVESTMENT. The money is in Millions of U.S. dollars. I need Your help urgently for both SAFE KEEPING and INVESTING this money in your country.
I cannot move about freely now for reasons i will explain to you later.
It reads like those old Mad Libs we used to do as kids, you know, you'd ask friends for “adjective”, “verb”, “noun”, and then when it was all done, you'd have some amusing story... So here is this boilerplate spam that people just fill in the blanks, and send it out, not worrying about capiltalization, spelling, grammer, and what you get is a rather amusing scam letter, with about the same content. <grin>
Ah well, hopefully I'll be able to find something that can stop me from having to deal with all this spam. I use SpamBayes for Outlook, but I still have to sift through 40-50 emails a day as suspects (and this is after using it for about 3 months)