These three words reflect 90% of the spam traffic for May-June 2010.
Pills: This is probably the biggest market on the Internet, producing almost 70% of total traffic. Can you really buy pills over the Internet?? I decided to grab a prepaid credit card and try it out! The first thing I noticed was that ALL the “pill-spam-links” that go to thousands of websites usually end up at the same 3 stores. So the first money-making step 1 in this story is probably a pay-per-click reference style. After 2 or 3 redirects, you’ll reach one of the 3 main web sites (sometimes with different names but the shopping cart is usually the same URL). So after browsing the sites using spam links (and getting a few malware along the way), I chose the classic blue pill. Even if most of these “Canadian Pharmacy” websites claim NO PRESCRIPTION NEEDED, you usually need to fax or scan one to order – AFTER you enter your personal information. I found a site via Google where we really can order the blue pill without any prescription, shipped from Canada! Only 79 cents per pill, but I have to order a 40$ kit (which is the lowest amount I saw). I clicked Checkout, went on a secured website, Click, Click, and I was done! My pills are on the way… But that was 45 days ago. Maybe I should have ordered from one of the 3 main websites! .. I’m still waiting for my package.
Sex: “Direct” sex spam has been on the decline for a few years, but derivative sex related spam is still here. What I call a derivative sex spam is that cute blonde who wants to be your friend on a popular social website, that Russian wife you can order via the web that desperately needs a warm man (oh come on!), or that friend who got your email from a friend via another friend. Anything that can trigger a response from a vulnerable single person: sex. Guys, admit it! And I won’t start on the “Look for singles in your area.” This line should be banned from the Internet. But we can’t do that: popular free email providers advertise for these companies in their automatically generated footers.
So are the 3 types really different? No, they’re all scams that target vulnerable people who are alone or medically desperate.
Oh, and if you’re wondering about the remaining 10%: 7% of that is random crap, and 3% are miscellaneous goodies.
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