August 8, 2003

Blame The Gullible

Wonder why you have so much spam in your email? Why do spammers bother? The answer is simple. Spam works. A Wired article explains:

An order log left exposed at one of Amazing Internet Products' [Ed. Note: purveyor of penis enlargement pills] websites revealed that, over a four-week period, some 6,000 people responded to e-mail ads and placed orders for the company's Pinacle herbal supplement. Most customers ordered two bottles of the pills at a price of $50 per bottle.
Do the math and you begin to understand why spammers are willing to put up with the wrath of spam recipients, Internet service providers and federal regulators.

6,000 people naive and gullible enough to respond to one of these ads.

How can the mind not boggle?

[Link: Wired News: Swollen Orders Show Spam's Allure] (Thanks, Jim, for the link)

Posted by James at August 8, 2003 2:15 AM
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"Marketplace" had an excellent story on this last night. A frightening story of self-medicating--and addiction--made easy by spam.

http://www.marketplace.org/play/audio.php?media=/2003/08/07_mpp&start=00:00:08:02.0&end=00:00:12:58.0

The debate over buying prescription drugs on the Internet has largely focused on competition from foreign companies offering cheap -- and sometimes suspect -- medications. But the rapid proliferation of sites selling online drugs at a premium is raising a new outcry, as medical practitioners worry about patients self-medicating and abusing the drugs. Some say this casual attitude toward prescription drugs is dangerous, if not deadly. Problem is, there are no federal laws on the books to regulate the online pharmacies.

Reporter: Gretchen Cook

Posted by: Patti M. at August 8, 2003 11:50 AM

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