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November 15, 2004

How Spammers Respect You

There is a good article in the New York Times (registration required) about a Virginia spammer who was found guilty of various offenses related to his bulk mailing business. One of the offers was a work-from-home scheme for processing FedEx refunds. I know a lot of those messages came my way.

According to the article, thousands of people per month paid $40 for what turned out to be little more than access to a Web site listing delinquent FedEx accounts. Here's how badly the spammer feels about what he had done:

"When you're marketing to the world, there are enough idiots out there" who will be suckered in, McGuire said in an interview.

I urge you to think twice before opening a suspicious message from an unknown sender; and never ever buy from a spammer.

Posted on November 15, 2004 at 08:23 PM