Enterprising Vanity Fair reporter Ted Travelstead wondered what would happen if he actually responded to some of the spam mail that barraged his inbox. He discovered that the only way to stop getting spam was to answer it.
My sincere apology for my unethical/unprofessional approach to you on this very august request, however, I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail exceptionally confidential and respect the confidentiality of the information made privileged, in the cause of our interaction.
“I am Mr. Gang L. Xiao, presently the Vice Chairman, Executive Operations, Bank of China Limited, Hong Kong. I am requesting your partnership and it involves securring and housing Large funds. ...
Dear Mister Gang,
Despite your unethical approach you have me VERY intrigued with your offer. Here is my info.
P.O. Box Hmickey2bones
Slurm, FL 32579
How much are we talking about? And can I get an advance on it today? I need to buy some school supplies for my kids.
The correspondence continued for more than a month. Read the full article here.