Sad, but true. Every time I check my junk mail folder to see if any “real” mail fell through the filters I am disappointed by what I find. Where have all the good spammers gone?
In the beginning there was no spam and it was good. Then some entrepreneurial nerd with way too much time on his hands invented a new way to break an old law and it was not good. Not every Thomas, Richard and Harold could afford a personal computer in those days so the spammer’s sales pitch had to be believable, or at least inventive. The major spam-fighting tool was, and still is, common sense. If someone you’ve never heard of tries to sell you something you weren’t in the market for in a way you cannot verify, take a pass.
Spam filtering has evolved to the point where not a single piece of junk mail has found its way into my inbox over a period of years. On the other hand, spammers have devolved into special education “script kiddies” whose efforts are pathetic. They do not try to be creative in the least, dispensing several times a day their offers of…
- Swiss watches – Over a million had been sold by December 14th, but that number was down to 600,000 on the 15th. (400,000 returns?)
- Erectile dysfunction medication – For the record, I don’t need it. But if I did I would get it from someone who could spell the name correctly.
- College diplomas – I can just imagine the job interview: “Yeah, I got me a Masteer degree, so when do I gotta start?”
…and a special shout out to all those ladies who found my ad on “that dating site”. Sorry, girls, but the idea of unprotected cyber sex doesn’t appeal to me.
That is the extent of my spam entertainment. The fact that I get each one several times a day is completely irrelevant. They are all dumped into the junk mail folder and I never have to look at them. They’re even deleted automatically after a given period of time. That said, today will most likely be the last time that folder is ever opened. Today’s spammers are almost too pitiful for words and I will not allow them to continue to disappoint me.