(Idea) A new anti-spam law

30 August 2004   3 comments   Politics

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Because I'm reconfiguring my anti-spam filter at the moment, the protection is a bit forgiving and a spam email slipped through. Here's an extract:

"DURING THE PERIOD OF MY ACTIVE SERVICES, I DISCOVERED ONE STRANGE BIG TRUNK BOX,WHICH WE SUSPECTED TO HAVE BEEN IMPORTED BY SOME BIG BUSINESS MEN.

WHEN I TOOK THE BOX FOR CROSS EXAMINATION I DISCOVERED THAT IT WAS CONTAINING CODED UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN DOLLARS VALUED TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS(USD$20,000000)."

This "Angolian" man or woman also adds: "...IS 100% RISK FREE"

Now the reason why lowlifes keep sending out spam like this is that it must still be profitable. There must be some idiot out there who actually responds to this and thinks he'll get rich. That, should be a crime. Don't you think?

Now, how do you make this a law? And how can we police it? Until that is sorted out formally, I think it should be allowed to beat these kind of people up as much as we like.

(I'm being sarcastic but there's a hint of seriousness in it)

Comments

Anonymous
Somewhere I read U.S. citizens alone are being lured out of $200M a year by "Nigerian spam", this referring to all fraud of this type, not particularly Nigerian, of course.

There are millionaires already from illegal deals with no-prescription vi4gr4 through spam... and are a bit busy moving from place to place, of course. Again, sorry for my memory, google for reference.

So, Peter, this leaves me wondering if we are in the right business after all? ;)
Peter Bengtsson
Exactly! And the stupid people who are responsible for this should be banned from their ISPs. It's their fault that >60% of all emails are spam
http://www.peterbe.com/On-the-amount-of-spam
Softcloner
I agree with you.
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