OK…I’ll admit it—I like to read spam sometimes. Not because I want to really see Britney Spears and Paris Hilton naked or purchase a Russian wife, but because I love looking at the messages to see the tactics taken. And sometimes, I have to tell you, I’m compelled to click through: Again, not because I want to order Viagra or other pharmaceuticals, or get the wire transfer from Nigeria, but simply because I’m curious. If spam is so popular, they must be doing something compelling to get people to read and click through. How can I learn from that?
So here is the latest spam email that has me intrigued: The email comes from a number of different people—real names, like Mark Smith—and the copy reads:
Hello! I am bored this evening. I am nice girl that would like to chat with you. Email me at email@example.com only, because I am writing not from my personal email. Hope you wanna see my pics.
Now, I love this email for a few reasons:
1- The “from” name is usually a man—even through the body copy says “I am a nice girl.”
2- You can’t reply to this email (can you say stolen bandwidth) but you are asked to email a nonsense address. Who actually would take the time to do this?
No…seriously…have any of you done this? Because I am dying to see what happens if you do. Do you get a trigger-based email in reply? Do you get an opt-in confirmation? Do you get sent to a landing page? Does your computer blow up?
I am by no means bored, but I am SO interested to see what happens if someone replies. If you have replied, please let me know what happens. Or, if you have a favorite spam that you just couldn’t resist share that too.