Mr. Tang has a $24 million business proposition for me

by mo on February 28, 2013

I think I may start a collection of the best of these spam emails. I seem to be getting a new round of these. There has to be great money in this, but really do people fall for these? Turns out, no not really. First my lovely note from Mr. Tang. This one actually makes sense, unlike many others with more tortured syntax.

Good Day.

I am sorry for contacting you through this medium without a
previous notice; I had to use email because it is an official
and more confidential way of making contact with people around the world.

My name is Richard Tang, I work with the hang seng Bank Hong Kong,
I have a business proposition for you involving the sum of
$24.500.000.00 Million Dollars in my bank which I know we will
be of mutual benefit to both of us, If interested mail me at:
tangrichards@yahoo.cn

Regards,
Mr Richard Tang.

I found this bit of information in an article in 2011 by John Herrman, How email spammers really make their money citing a report, Click Trajectories: End-to-End Analysis of the Spam Value Chain by Chris Kanish.

The paper’s conclusion, in short, is that what enables all types of spam to be profitable are tightly knit affiliate programs, in which spammers can pull commissions as large as 40% on sales resulting from their independent promotion. (In Russia, where the most prominent affiliate networks have been able to thrive, these programs are known as “partnerka.”) This tight integration is enough to ensure that larger partners make a good deal of money; by taking hefty commissions from sales with huge margins–generic or fake pharmaceuticals, pirated software, etc.–spammers can recoup their costs.

So, emails like Mr. Tang’s appear to be here to stay.

 

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