Fun With Spam

I really enjoy looking through my e-mail spam folders sometimes.  I just browse the subjects, but they are can be very entertaining.

My latest browse through has taught me:

  • I can win $500,000 per day by playing online poker.  Wow, if the US government just had federal employees start doing that, we could really put a dent in the national debt!
  • I can sell my timeshare for a ton of cash!  Who cares that I don’t even own one?!?
  • One thousand dollar shopping sprees are pretty easy to come by these days.
  • Jessica is a very popular name.  Not only that, she not only wants me to meet fine, upstanding Christian girls in my area, plus she also has a bunch of pictures of herself that are not safe for work that she wants me to view.  What could possibly go wrong?
  • The Better Business Bureau has some updates for me on a case I never opened with them.
  • People in a lot of strange places, including downtown, Wal-Mart, and the park, saw me last night but didn’t say hi, but decided to follow up with me on e-mail.  That’s interesting considering I haven’t been downtown, to Wal-Mart, or at the park lately, but who cares about such details?
  • I can have money in my bank account at a really low interest rate in under an hour!
  • The reason I got all those weird e-mails in the past was because their e-mail account was hacked.  But, it’s OK now.  Good to know…
  • It’s really important that I have access to the latest prescription drugs at a price that is only available to me.
  • It’s amazingly easy to get my degree online.

OK, so all of that stuff is obvious junk and I spun it to get a laugh or two, but it scares me to think that they must be getting through to even a small percentage of people to continue to persist.

Don’t fall for spam scams.  It’s OK to have a good laugh now and then but be careful to keep it at that and nothing more.

What kinds of interesting things have you learned browsing through your spam folder?

12 thoughts on “Fun With Spam”

  1. I am shocked you didn’t get the email that says honey where have you been all my life.

  2. Wait, I could BE Jessica. In one of my emails I get a ton of spam addressed to ‘me’ saying Jessica, where are you? or Jessica I forgot to tell you something the other day’ 🙂

    • I’m sure their conversion rate is pretty low but high enough to make enough to keep doing it.

  3. I constantly get spam from male enhancement drugs (I’m…ummm…not.) Oh, and secret shopper scam places seem to email me daily. Yay.

    • It always angers me deeply when I hear about elderly people falling for these scams (usually over the phone) and having some or all of their life savings disappear.

  4. I’m particularly fond of the ones telling me that my Paypal (or other bank) account has been suspended due to strange activity, and if I’ll just reply with my name, birthdate, place of employment, address, bank name, and bank account number for verification, they’ll be happy to turn it back on for me. Even better when it’s been sent to an email address that’s not tied to my PayPal account!

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