A few years ago I thought it would be a fun idea to engage in scam-baiting.
I replied to several Nigerian emails, but to my dismay nothing happened, my spam didn’t increase, my account wasn’t raided, and no promised riches came my way.
But then some six months later I finally did receive a reply, and a follow-up phone call from a Nigerian pharmacist seeking my assistance. Caller-ID indicated he was in China, and more curiously, seemed to be operating from a very busy sounding call centre over there.
It would seem scam-span is big business, although I imagine they are facing increasingly tougher times as people wise up to the Internets.
Furthermore, spam filters these days are pretty good. Most of my junk mail is removed from my mailbox before I even get a chance to see it.
But, today this one did catch my eye:
Dear e-MAIL Winner,
Your email address won £850,000.00 GBP in this month NATIONAL LOTTERY.
To file for your claim, contact our agent Mr Michael Field with
the details below(Full Names, Contact Address, Country, Age, Sex, Occupation &
Telephone numbers) to this Email: email@example.com
Phone Number: +447031976776:
Please do reply to this mail Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Web-Email Information Manager)
Wow, a personal message from the Web-Email Information Manager!
Maybe I should phone him to claim my prize?