Tuesday, December 9

Spam, spam and more spam

Monty Python invented a monster. Spam, spam and more spam. Luckily in Europe the data-protection laws and enforcement do a fairly good job of protecting us from spam. Most professional companies are well aware of the consequences.

I don't mind the odd miss guided email e.g. when I've registered for something. But in Vietnam email harvesting and spamming is used by legitimate, big professional companies. I just got this from YuMe.vn, blasted out to a temporary email we use for recruitment. Guy's, you do more harm than good, maybe 1% click through, but that's 99% of people you just annoyed.

Hi abc@x.vn,

Nhân mời bạn cùng tham gia chương trình Dự đoán kết quả cuộc thi Vietnam Idol trên YuMe.vn
Với lời nhắn :
Biết tin gì chưa? Giải thưởng vô cùng hấp dẫn! Cùng dự đoán kết quả VietnamIdol trên YuMe.vn để trúng lớn nè!

Để Đồng ý lời mời của Nhân, mời bạn click vào link dưới đây:
Dự đoán trúng thưởng

Tham gia chương trình Mời nhiều Trúng lớn, bạn có cơ hội giành giải thưởng lớn hàng tháng và chung cuộc với tổng giá trị lên đến gần 50,000,000 đồng
Xem chi tiết tại: Mời nhiều trúng lớn

Strangely, there is a kind of spam I quite like. I quite regularly get emails from various former kings, dictators, presidents and CEO's. Usually they need my help, they've got large sums of money to transfer and need to use my bank-account. Jolly nice people that they are, they will even give me a %. These guy's have got no brand to lose, and a 1% response rate will pay them a tidy sum in scam money.

In terms of email marketing, over the years these guy's have really perfected their emails in to powerful, responsive marketing tools. The use of English is pretty compelling, you almost want to respond :)


Before I start, I must firstly apologize for this unsolicited proposal to
you. I am aware that this is certainly an unconventional approach to
starting a relationship, But as time goes on you will realize the need
formy action.
[it's ok John, i don't want a relationship with you] :)

My name is Mr.John Moore, Audit Manager of National Westminister Bank
and account officer to Late Edward Han,who died with his wife and the
only daughter in an Automobile crash on the 28th January 2001. Before the
death of Late Edward Han, he maintained a fixed deposit account with my
Bank(National Westminister Bank)

Based on this discovery,I now seek your permission and support to have you
stand in as a next of kin to the Late deceased, as all documentations will
be carefully worked out by me for the release of these funds, all amounting
to the tune of (£20,000,000.00 GBP) Twenty Million British Pounds Sterling
Only to any nominated account of your choice.

I propose an offer of 40% of the total amount to be yours after the
transfer has been successfully concluded.Let me have your Full Name,
Confidential Telephone, Fax and Mobile Numbers and also your Contact
Address in response to this proposal if you are interested.
[Dear John, how could i not be interested. But I think you are too generous. I would be happy with 20%;)]

Please reply immediately to my private email address

Thanks and God bless.

Sincerely Yours,
Mr.John Moore


Anonymous Alexandr said...

I think you forgot about Viagra, dating and big penises for minutes.

Time to time spam looks like big jokes.

09 December, 2008 05:33  

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