Top 10 Spam Messages for 2002

Discussion in 'Green Room' started by Jahya, Feb 4, 2003.

  1. Jahya

    Jahya Guest

    If you think you're seeing more unsolicited commercial e-mail, jokes, and chain letters, you're right, researchers say. According to experts, in 2002 spam grew to encompass an astonishing 30% to 50% of all e-mail sent.

    DEFINITION: Spam is unsolicited e-mail. While senders tend to view spam as a form of bulk mail, consumers view it as simple junk e-mail. Spam is similar to unsolicited telephone marketing calls; however, recipients pay for part of the message, because everyone shares the cost of maintaining the Internet. By some estimates, the global cost of spam is $11 billion a year worldwide.

    While perhaps not as big a threat as computer-borne viruses, spam is a daily productivity drain on corporate America. Here, according to anti-spam company Brightmail, are the 10 most frequently-sent spam messages of 2002:

    Rank Subject Line
    1 "Protect Your Computer Against Viruses for 9.95"
    Description: Ironic! Anti-virus software ad
    2 "Verification Department"
    Description: Credit-card scam
    3 "Refinancing? Get a FREE quote on any mortgage loan program"
    Description: Mortgage spam, a classic
    4 "Printer Cartridges -- Save up to 80% - Free Shipping Offer"
    Description: Another classic, always a hit
    5 "Miniature Remote Control Car. Great Gift!"
    Description: This one was big during the holidays
    6 "$100 FREE, Please Play Now!"
    Description: Casino spam, a high-roller
    7 "Online Auction Marketing Secrets!"
    Description: Auction scams were big in 2002
    8 "Important News Kuira"
    Description: Septic system spam -- a real stinker
    Description: Nigerian spam scam just won't die
    Description: Porn, an eternal favorite

    © National Security Institute, Inc.
  2. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

    new york
    just got this;

    I hope this message will reach you in the best of
    health and receive your prompt attention, even as we
    have not had any previous correspondence before.
    Kindly reach me immediately for details should you agree to
    its contents.
    I am a principal accountant and the Chairman of the
    Federal Tenders Board Committee to the FederalAirport
    Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). This message is
    to solicit for your kindness in assisting me to transfer some amount of fund
    from my country to your country.

    The total amount of fund is US$29.5Million
    (twenty nine million, five hundred thousand United
    States Dollars)which resulted from various contracts
    awarded by my ministry to some foreign firms in which
    the contract bills were slightly inflated by us
    members of the Tenders Board Committee with the sole
    aim of having the excess fund for our subsequent use.
    Presently, all the foreign firms that executed the
    projects concerned have been paid their bills
    accordingly and the projects have been commissioned
    for use.

    At this juncture, we now want to claim and
    transfer the excess fund using a foreign companysince
    foreign contractors originally executed the contracts.
    Also, we as civil servants are not allowed to operate
    domiciliary nor foreign account, therefore, we cannot
    claim this fund locally, hence the necessity for this contact
    with you.

    We have decided to embark on this transaction nowthat
    we have new civilian administration. Our aim is to
    present your name as a true beneficiary of the fund.

    The total fund (US$29.5M) will then be remitted into
    any designated bank account as shall be recommended by
    you. The relevant authorities will be made to believe
    that your company executed some contracts for my
    ministry to which payment is due to effected.
    In this regard therefore, you will be required to
    present a suitable bank account that will accommodate
    the total amount of fund. The moment the bank account
    details are received from you, it will only take a
    maximum duration of 7-9working days to have all
    documentations complied and the fund remitted to your account.

    On completion of this transaction, we have resolvedto
    give you 25% of the fund for your efforts and
    assistance rendered; 5% will be used to settle any
    expenses that might be incurred on the process ofthis
    transaction both from our end and your end while the
    remaining 70% will be for us. I will be disposed to
    giving the details of this proposal as soon as I
    receive your confirmation signifying your interest in
    this proposal and your willingness to assist in its

    Kindly reach me through the above email
    address or Telephone number for more details on
    how we shall commence the whole transaction.
    Permit me to stress the confidential nature of this
    transaction and does not matter any particular field
    of trade to prosecute this transaction. Above all,let
    trust and honesty be our watchword throughout this business.

    Many thanks and kind regards whilst I wait in anticipation for
    your assistance and may God continueto bless you.

    Yours faithfully,
    Dr. Willie Lansana.
  3. rettahc

    rettahc Guest

    Those Nigerians preying on the greedy and stupid.
    I suprised that they are still trying their scams I guess some people are still falling for it.
  4. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

    new york
    sending viagra to me is wpild be like sending salt to the black sea`
  5. Burpster

    Burpster Guest

    the black sea already has alot of salt ...are you saying you already have alot of Viagra??
  6. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

    new york
    very good!!!!:p

    actually, the true analogy goes ;

    the black see doesn't need any salt

    I'm saying I don't need any viagra

    but your take is excellant...put me in my place
  7. Tabula Rasa

    Tabula Rasa Stranger Than Kindness Political User

    I hope you meant to say "the dead sea"....
    black sea isn't that salty.