I don’t understand spam.

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I mean, what is the purpose of this? What is the point of sending this to (I presume) thousands of random blogs? Why would you bother?

Incidentally, I never ever check my spam folder for real messages. I used to check occasionally, but all the things in the spam folder have always only been spam, so I quit. I presume real people would be capable of sending me a real email and telling me they are stuck in the spam filter, though I don’t know how they could be unless they put random word strings or the word “Viagra” in their message.

Some really odd spam messages do not get caught in the spam filter. Mostly along the lines of “Brilliant post I really admire your perspicuity keep up the great content” — you see, harder for a filter to pick that up. I don’t see the point of sending that kind of spam, either. Can it be possible that anyone anywhere actually clicks on a link sent in a spam message?

Anyway, I was just emptying my spam folder and saw the above and wondered what prompts enough people to put spam messages together so that I get a thousand a day. File under: people, weird motivations, I guess.

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  1. The WSJ had an article partially about this question – focusing on the Nigerian scam spam – yesterday. The article claimed it’s a weeding method, if someone bites, they’re gullible enough to spend time on manipulating to send money. I can sort of see it. What I can’t see is why the random meaningless spams.


    It was interesting, also covering medieval trial by ordeal, Zappo’s offering new hires $2000 to quit and Van Halen’s ‘no brown M&Ms’ clause. Should the article disappear behind the paywall, you might be able to find it by title: How to Trick the Guilty and Gullible into Revealing THemselves.

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