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Spam a Lot

By Christie Chisholm [ Tue Aug 4 2009 10:00 AM ]
Vanity Fair

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.

An excerpt:

Spam:

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. ...

Ted:

Dear Mister Gang,

Despite your unethical approach you have me VERY intrigued with your offer. Here is my info.

Steve Plapbornadow

P.O. Box Hmickey2bones

Slurm, FL 32579

USA

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.

Love,

Steve Plapbornadow

The correspondence continued for more than a month. Read the full article here.