SOT: shitfs in spam trends and topics

Keith Mastin kmastin-PzQIwG9Jn9VAFePFGvp55w at
Fri Dec 5 19:50:34 UTC 2003

> In article <20031202130036.8DF5F4054-xzRQuAxiFLNWk0Htik3J/w at>, cbbrowne at
> wrote:
>>The odd trend I have been seeing is for there to be large numbers of
>>spam messages that seem totally futile.  There's no way of contacting
>>them to buy their services.  No URLs.  No valid return address.  No way
>>for the message to be of any value whatever, supposing I _did_ want to
>>increase my breasts by a couple of sizes.
> Two possibilities I can imagine.
> 1. Spammers acutely aware that they are wrong, and defying
>    the world to catch them, even if it means losing a sale.
> 2. Steganography.

You forgot 3.

3. By attempting to respond to them, you have just varified your email
address so they can sell that email address to other spammers.

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