Wondering about spam...
January 15, 2008

One of my e-mail addresses for Hardcore Gamer Magazine is posted on that site, so whenever I check my inbox I can expect a flood of messages all advertising the same basic thing: ways to increase my manhood and pleasure my woman in new ways previously only dreamed of. I noticed a Penny-Arcade comic that featured some tiny little lines of text on a mocked-up computer screen and it had pretty much the same stuff I get.

I think they must actually target video game journalists because they figure we must be lacking in the trousers or something. That account gets almost no other spam, just variants on the 'ways to improve your phallus' ones.

Anyway, the thing I'm wondering is how often orders are actually fulfilled if some sucker reads the e-mail and decides to send money. Medically, it's pretty much been proven that none of that medication will do a thing and that you're pretty much stuck with the hand (or other organ) you're dealt, but that won't stop some people from wanting a miracle 'fix.' So I'm just wondering how many people actually send money and get a package in return that contains some sugar pills or whatever.

I would imagine that most people who send money never get anything in return. Were I a richer man, I'd be willing to bet that they're spending money on a package that will never come.

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Aquas Aquas - January 15, 2008 (08:14 PM)
That was thought provoking...

Felix_Arabia Felix_Arabia - January 15, 2008 (08:30 PM)
"a package that will never come"

Eww, gross.
Genj Genj - January 15, 2008 (08:45 PM)
Anyway, the thing I'm wondering is how often orders are actually fulfilled if some sucker reads the e-mail and decides to send money.

I'd imagine slightly more often than people responding to those e-mails from Nigerian Princes.
wolfqueen001 wolfqueen001 - January 16, 2008 (12:03 PM)
XD Nevermind the whole "sendng them in" thing. I used to get that kind of spam all the time when I was getting loads of college mail... which is always hilarous to read things like that especially since I'm a woman. >.> It's like they're robots that send the mail or something (probably are) - don't even care what gender or anything...
sashanan sashanan - January 16, 2008 (12:52 PM)
It's not just you, that's pretty much the lead form of spam. I imagine that it's divided between people selling genuine but worthless medicine (the smallest group), people selling fake medicine which could be damn dangerous (a slightly bigger group) and people taking your money and having a different business address next week, but never intending to send you anything at all (the biggest group).

For the most part, if somebody is trying to sell you a REAL, legitimate product, they have no need to try to peddle it in illegal ways that are so ineffective that only the fact that sending millions of e-mails costs nothing extra makes it work.
siara79 siara79 - January 16, 2008 (01:27 PM)
The spammers I've been getting are getting more creative. One of them even wrote a little poem about their particular "problem". Which of course made me chuckle.

My email gets spammed because I do some volunteer work - I maintain a website for a local group - and since my email is listed as "webmaster" I get nailed with all sorts of crap.

The only manhood I deal with these days is only mine by proxy .. I'd rather send this crap on to someone who "needs" it. :D
daff daff - January 16, 2008 (10:21 PM)
I have had a yahoo email address for four or five years and never had much of a problem with spam, until about 3 months ago. None or very little of it is sex related. It's mostly work at home offers and various financial spam.

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