‘There’s sore decline in spammers’ line…’

There never was a first notice, and there won’t be a reply. Nobody in the UK (or anywhere else) owes me money.

I never really understood the economics of how these things work but I guess it’s true what I’ve been told: Some robot sends out a skillion of these things and feeds on the very small percentage of returns, acting on the old but still valid axiom that there’s one born every minute.

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10 Responses to ‘There’s sore decline in spammers’ line…’

  1. Malatrope says:

    More than a skillion. At least a gigaskillion. It’s actually a major load on the internet, second to pron (which is well over half the total traffic).

  2. Rick T says:

    You can’t cheat an honest man but you can sure rob a greedy one easily. Or, the sub 85 IQ ones that think anything coming via email is true.

  3. boynsea says:

    TANSTAAFL….. R A Heinlein

  4. Malatrope says:

    boynsea: indeed.

  5. Mike says:

    Don’t look down on these con artists. Think of them more as teachers who teach people that stupid greed is a bad thing. As the character Mordecai Jones said in the movie The Flim-Flam Man, “Only cheat the cheaters, boy – you can’t cheat an honest man!”

  6. Polimath says:

    Had some bad emails too, threatening to release some porn video to the internet. Had a good laugh about that one but I’ll let God handle that guy. Some twits from Nigeria, a few from middle east wanting to “invest” in my business. I dumped my Linked-in account. Immediately. Soon afterwards switched to a VPN and that kind of crap dropped off sharply.
    I smell bread.

  7. Rick T says:

    Somebody on the east coast tried to do the “pay for private training by (fake) certified check then cancel and request a cash refund” scam on my old dojo twice. Too bad it is run by a retired cop and he called them on it immediately when they called a year or so after the first failure.

  8. Zendo Deb says:

    Use a VPN. Keep one email that you don’t care about for sites that require a signup. (You can dump it when the spam load gets too high)

    Instead of fighting being tracked, I now run disinformation campaigns. You want my name and email? How do you know its legit? Because the email is valid? Really? Good luck with that.

  9. Zendo Deb says:

    Oh, and Firefox is still best at Privacy, but I have one browser that I use for banking – it isn’t Chrome. Chrome is the 2nd worse when it comes to privacy. Microsoft Edge is the worst. (For a while, MS was inspecting every image viewed via Edge for “efficiency.” Not sure if that is still true, since I don’t – rarely – use Edge)

  10. matismf says:

    Do understand that almost every browser out there is now based on Chromium, which is the Open Source browser from Gargoyle!

To the stake with the heretic!