My mail system just trapped a piece of spam. Actually it traps about
60 a day, but I found this one to be a particularly funny example of
how spammers don't have a clue about who they're sending their mail to
(ie: their advertising is not "targetted").
I won't quote the entire spam. Just the subject line and first little
Subj: Cure Job Monotony tommy
YOUR DEGREE MAY BE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK
We remove the obstacles that cause *s to abandon hope. DID YOU
KNOW that you could earn your legitimate Associate's, Bachelor's,
Master's or even Doctorate degree, utilizing your already existing
professional or academic expertise?
OK, that's the spam. What makes it funny (well, ok, maybe only to me)
is that it was addressed to one of my clients. That client is New
Jersey Devils defenceman Tommy Albelin, a man at the tail end of a
long, successful NHL career, who earns $1.2 million (US) per year to
play about 40 games (and watch the other 40 from the press box) and
who is a good bet to earn his second Stanley Cup ring over the next 6
or 7 weeks. Hardly a candidate for needing "hope" with his job
prospects. Then again, the man DOES drive a Volvo, a very monotonous
car... :-) (Drives it like a cab driver, too - and I oughtta know,
having been one.)
(This spam was addressed to his "public" email address, which was
obviously harvested from his website. His "private" email address
gets no spam at all.)
Veteran Shayne Corson just walked out on the Toronto Maple Leafs, in
the middle of the playoffs. Maybe *HE* got this spam too. :-)
/ From the desk of Joey Lindstrom
/ To my mind a bargain is something I need at a price I can afford.
/ -- Robert Heinlein, "Travels"