Spam Decline

- - posted in Ancient Archives

I think the quality of spam is actually declining. Today I’ve had a number of spam messages that have completely scrambled content - just a mess of shattered and mixed random characters and html. How is that going to sell me something?

Other spam messages that could have tricked me into opening them ruined their chances by appending random text to the otherwise valid looking subject. How gullible do they think people are?

If someone tried to sell you a mortgage after pretending to be someone else, would you buy it? It’s difficult to believe that anyone would, but judging by the number of these messages, it must be working - spamming has costs, and if it didn’t make money, it wouldn’t happen. There must be an awful lot of stupid people out there.

Best spam sales pitch of the week: “Pete, make money in your underwear!”

I certainly don’t believe that.