Checking Out Spam

from the the-old-standby dept

It seems that every few months a reporter with too much free time on their hands notices all that spam mail they’ve been receiving and wonders (as do we all) what sort of morons actually send that stuff out. It’s not long before they have written an article about how they responded to various spammers. They all seem to say the same things. If they try to email back, the messages always bounce (well, duh). Instead, they have to call, and leave a message on a voice mail system for the person to call them back. Inevitably, when they are called back and told they are speaking to a reporter, they get agitated and hang up quickly. What would be a more interesting story is tracking down who the gullible folks are who actually respond to spam for real and give these jokers money.

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