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My 4 Favorite Types of Spam, Examined

My 4 Favorite Types of Spam, Examined

I’ve always had a soft spot for Spam Emails.

Maybe it’s because I have, at best, only a vague understanding of how computer viruses work. (Apologies again to all of my previous employers, I swear I didn’t know downloading files from a site called Very.Legal.Bootleg.Movies.com would cause any problems.)

But also because, in a way, Spam Emails are a symbol of optimism. Despite the fact that so few people actually open them, scrappy little online criminals continue to send them out daily, hopeful that at any moment, an unsuspecting person will click the link and send over all of their personal banking information. (I’m not saying they’re good people—just that they’re optimistic.)

So, in the spirit of being a good samaritan who once (almost) took a webinar on email marketing, and something of a Spam scholar, I’ve decided to share my deep dive into my four favorite varieties of unsolicited Email.


The Instant Millionaire

Someone—typically a foreign dignitary—claims to have millions of dollars that they need to pass off to somebody else ASAP, and after finding you online (presumably through your long-forgotten Xanga entries and a 2009 newspaper article about your high school’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), they’ve realized that you’re their only hope.

The scammer claims that they’ll transfer the money into your bank account for you to…

My 4 Favorite Types of Spam, Examined – Man Repeller

I’ve always had a soft spot for Spam Emails. Maybe it’s because I have, at best, only a vague understanding of how computer viruses work. (Apologies again to all of my previous employers, I swear I didn’t know downloading files from a site called Very.Legal.Bootleg.Movies.com would cause any problems.) But also because, in a way, Spam Emails are a symbol of optimism.



My 4 Favorite Types of Spam, Examined

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