Friday, October 19, 2007

Death of a Spamsman

This post was inspired by a blog post I read today as well as my spam folder. It's amazing that everywhere you turn around, someone is trying to get something from you; free of charge of course. This particular "gimmee" may seem like a little annoyance since we're all used to it but when you think about what's truly happening it's actually despicable.

I don't know about you, but I have a few different email accounts that I use for different things. Let's see, there's Yahoo, my ISP, G-Mail, and I'm sure I have others that I can't think of at this exact moment but I have to tell you, today has been a very lucky day for me!

In one account alone, I today have received notification that I have won the British National Lottery, not once, but twice! Once for 1,500,000 pounds and another for 1,000,000 pounds. Isn't that remarkable? But wait, that's not it!

I also received notice that this is my last chance to pick up the $500.00 Wal-Mart gift card that I have been awarded and on two other separate emails I have been awarded a $1,000.00 gift card for Macy's and a $500.00 gift card for Target! To top that all off, I received several emails telling me that I could buy really cheap Viagra (do they know I would want this?) as well as a terrific offer on how to, putting it politely, "enhance my manhood". I guess between that, the Viagra, the 2,500,000 pounds and the $2,000 in gift cards I could immediately become the perfect catch.

We all get crap like this, I know that. I know it's spam, you know it's spam, even my lame computer knows it's spam, so why do these emails keep showing up all over the place on a daily basis? I know it's all computerized mailings, I know it's all sent in massive bulk, but someone has to be getting something for these. Are there people out there who really answer this shit; people who are so gullible that they are pulled into sending someone or something their most important identifying information or at the very least falling for these ads? I can't imagine that anyone in this day of identity theft, computer fraud and false advertising could fall for such crap simply because it shows up in their mail. What I'd like to know is who the hell is benefiting from this because you know someone has to be. And, benefiting at the expense of someone else I might add!

Anyway, I decided not to accept the money, to let them have their gift cards, to hold off on the Viagra until absolutely necessary, to just keep what parts I have become accustomed to and just delete the whole mess...again. Seems a lot simpler to me for them to just stop sending this stuff...but I guess they're looking for that one fish to bite, that one unsuspecting, lonely person who still beleives in Santa Claus, the Loch Ness monster and getting something for nothing, that one needy person to take advantage of. Pricks.


Anonymous said...

"...I guess between that, the Viagra, the 2,500,000 pounds and the $2,000 in gift cards I could immediately become the perfect catch." Very clever :0)

MedStudentWife said...

Crap..and here I was going to dump Fidel & come a knockin' at your door.

Oh well. Maybe next time


I had a Nigeria scam e-mail a few weeks ago. I haven't had one of those for a couple of years. They always make me laff.

Sedie said...

Spam? Did you say it was all spam? There go my pie-in-the sky dreams of getting a man with riches and a stiff one. . . ah, what can you do? Thanks for saying, so well, what we all are thinking, wondering.

paisley said...

whew!!! i thought for a moment i had ended up on your spam list!!!!!!

Agnes Mildew said...

It's a bit disconcerting that you have won the British National Lottery twice in one day when I have been playing it on and off for years and only ever won a measley tenner for my troubles! You're one lucky bloke, DS!

Stealth said...

I won the Norwegian lottery today! Let's pool our winnings and buy something cool.

a loved one said...

What makes me laugh the most is that they aren't even catered to the readers. With all they know about us on the world wide web you'd think the spam would be more directed at the individual.

For instance I used to joke that you might just get me to read an e-mail that said "Looking for a man who likes his mom and can do the dishes?" OR "All the shoes you can handle, in your size" but alas I keep getting e-mails about an organ I don't have and pills to take for it -- oh well.