It’s not the fact of spam that astonishes me: It’s the range.
Let’s see what’s on offer today, shall we?
There are the one-time-good-deal financial offers.
I can have higher sales (“Of what?” I wonder) through social media marketing, if I just click on this link to send my credit card information.
I can update my account information if I just click on this link to send my personal information to a company with a trustworthy name.
I can have $15 million deposited to my bank account if I just click on this link to send my banking information to a bank with a famous-and-therefore-trustworthy name.
I can have an unbelievable business investment opportunity if I just click on this link to send my banking and personal and credit card information to Peter (clearly a Real Guy, with a name and everything).
And then there are the more personal opportunities.
I can order no-name pills for erectile dysfunction.
I can hook up with fake-name (but HOT!!) Russian/lesbian/Russian-lesbian lovers.
I can buy actual-brand-name sunglasses that will make me look hot.
I understand the sex, money, and sex-for-money pitches (with the emphasis on the money, these days, apparently based on my demographic), but sunglasses?
I mean, I can totally see making online deals for sex or money or sex-for-money with people who have approached me out of the blue using a form letter in regrettable English and an email address that doesn’t match their alleged company name, but don’t you have to try on sunglasses before you buy them? I know I do.
I mean, it just screams improbability, doesn’t it? What are the odds that anyone is going to go for that?
But that’s the joy of spam. The odds don’t have to be high, as long as the volume is.