Advances in spam

Two examples of substantial leaps forward in the art and artistry of unwanted digital mail.

The shorter as the first–a comment posted today on WITW (and caught by wordpress’s excellence spambottleneck):

I saw a lot of website but I believe this one contains something special in it. “Of all human ills, greatest is fortune’s wayward tyranny.” by Sophocles.

I take the backhanded compliment, and only wish this was coming from one of the spam bots that had both “elongate” and “member” in the address–that would be a cherry on top of this sundae.

Number two is sent by a friend–email spam:

Dear Email Account Holder,

This is to inform you that your email address has won a compensation grant
of $100,000 (USD) in the ongoing CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria) and IMF
(International Monetary Funds) joint mandate to compensate victims of
scam/Advance fee fraud whom have lost money to Nigeria scammers under the
pretense of Lottery, Beneficiary, Loan and Contract awards etc.

Contact the Debt Management Office for the clearance of your funds with the
details below;

Dr. Abraham Nwankwo
Telephone: +234-703-239-3153
General Fax: +234-9-523-7396

Payment would be remitted to you within 3 working days upon certified
verification from the office above. We would appreciate your urgent reply to
ascertain vividly that you are the bearer of this email.

Thanks and Congratulation in advance

Lindy Tucker
Public Affairs Commission
Central Bank of Nigeria

So, the scam here is that you are entitled to money due to winning a Nigerian lottery held to repay people who lost money in Nigerian lottery scams. Brilliant. We live in a very post-, meta- world.


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