Off topic: Research shows scammers not so crazy for making their spam so obvious
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LEXpert  Identity Verified
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Jun 21, 2012

I always wondered why the scammers continue to bother when their spam so patently obvious. Apparently this helps to maximize their return on effort by weeding out all but the most gullible targets.

Here is an interesting article summarizing a research paper on this subject:

http://slatest.slate.com/posts/2012/06/20/nigerian_spam_email_why_spam_email_is_so_obvious_.html

Direct link to the original paper (also linked to in the article):
http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/167719/WhyFromNigeria.pdf



[Edited at 2012-06-21 08:45 GMT]


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xxxjacana54  Identity Verified
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Lettuce green Jun 21, 2012

Very interesting, Rudolf! (to be honest, I read the first one).

Only recently I was very surprised to see that an outsourcer was directing me to what was supposedly the webpage of a high-end company and that was done in lettuce green. It was the color that finally persuaded me not to trust them and I thought "what a silly choice". Now I understand a bit more.

Have a great day.



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