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??Ã‚Â I decided to grab a prepaid credit card and try it out! The first thing I noticed was that ALL the Ã¢â‚¬Å“pill-spam-linksÃ¢â‚¬Â 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, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“Canadian PharmacyÃ¢â‚¬Â websites claim NO PRESCRIPTION NEEDED, you usually need to fax or scan one to order – AFTER you enter your personal information.Ã‚Â 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).Ã‚Â I clicked Checkout, went on a secured website, Click, Click, and I was done! My pills are on the wayÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã‚Â But that was 45 days ago. Maybe I should have ordered from one of the 3 main websites! .. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m still waiting for my package.
Sex: Ã¢â‚¬Å“DirectÃ¢â‚¬Â 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!Ã‚Â And I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t start on the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Look for singles in your area.Ã¢â‚¬Â This line should be banned from the Internet. But we canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do that: popular free email providers advertise for these companies in their automatically generated footers.
So are the 3 types really different?Ã‚Â No, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re all scams that target vulnerable people who are alone or medically desperate.
Oh, and if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re wondering about the remaining 10%: 7% of that is random crap, and 3% are miscellaneous goodies.