I also wonder about the games spammers and their customers play. For example, Id be very suspicious of someone who couldnt spell the names of prescription drugs correctly. Not that I can spell them, but I recognize the misspellings. So who sends these people money? Folks who think they are getting away with something, I suppose. When all they are really getting is taken. Do you suppose the customers believe that the anti-spam people are engaged in some conspiracy to keep them from getting the pills they want? Is anti-spam an evil Microsoft/governmental plot to keep people from getting what a recent e-mail described as "VìAGRRA VALíUMM C1àL1S."As for the phishing, youd think after people received a bunch of messages from banks they dont do business with, theyd not respond to any message. Or perhaps they would notice that their PayPal and eBay accounts both still work fine, despite the evil warning received almost hourly. The downside of all of this is wondering and worrying about the people who actually respond to the "offers" and what might happen to them. Spam and online crime will never disappear, and we need a lot more protectionand potential victim educationthan we have today. But every so often some real fun comes along. The kind that can only come from watching an online criminal do the "perp walk" in front of the TV cameras and straight into jail. Thats spam fun we all can enjoy. Contributing editor David Coursey has spent two decades writing about hardware, software and communications for business customers. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at eWEEK.com Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog.
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