I have a blog that I send a daily message to, so it’s an active one (not like this!!) and suddenly it’s attracting LOADS of spam messages.
And, of course, I deleted them all, but it got me to thinking about these messages – does anyone actually *read* them? I understand the economics of the thing – it costs virtually nothing to send out the message to millions of email addresses, and if they get even a fraction of a percentage of replies, then they will be making money.
But it also seems to me that more and more we all use spam filters, and never actually look at the messages – so who is it that is replying to them?
There was a time when one of my email accounts was getting a lot of those scam emails – you know the “you’ve won/inherited/I want to give you $5.7M” sort of thing. For a while there, I would actually reply to them knowing full well it was a scam! One I remember wanted my full address, so I told them 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20502 – I wonder if they realized what that address is?
Another one I got was SO badly written, that I wrote back pointing out the grammatical mistakes, and offering to help them with their English – for a fee, of course:)
But that got boring after a while, so I’ve gone back to just deleting them all.
Still, I wonder if the returns on this “business” are reducing – I really hope so!