Saturday, 20 August, 2005
Spam Rant #273
While I'm on the subject of spam (see yesterday's entry), today I started receiving a type of message that I haven't seen before: pitches to buy the complete season or the entire library of a particular TV series on DVD. And we're not talking about M*A*S*H or Saturday Night Live or some other series that I might be interested in. No, they're trying to sell me DVDs of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, a series that I vaguely remember seeing advertisements for but certainly never watched. The other shows they're offering are even more obscure. I just don't get it.
I've also noticed that the porn spam has pretty much leveled off and gotten much more amateurish. Rather than sending me a few pictures and a slickly-worded (as slick as can be expected, considering the message) pitch, I just get plain text with a bunch of deliberate misspellings designed to fool brain dead spam filters (Thunderbird's being one such, unfortunately) and promises of "the best hardcore action on the net!" Oh, my aching delete finger. I'm still getting dozens of pitches designed for life insurance and annuity brokers and every day wonder how I managed to get on that list. And I never even inquired about getting a 3.2% home morgtage (no, I didn't misspell that), but I keep getting messages from people who say that my application has been approved.
I honestly do not understand spam. I can't imagine that there is anybody dumb enough to fall for one of those cheap loan deals, penis enlargement pills, or any of the dozens of other scams that come through my Inbox every day. It just boggles the mind.
Yes, I've been in a bit of a ranting mood lately, haven't I?