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Today in spam

1. From “William Jessup,” subject line “Invitation: Would you like to join GlobalWonks?”:

Dear Richard,

I wanted to follow up one last time about my invitation to join our expert-network.

We are happy to compensate you for up to $900 per hour for our client engagements. If you would like to join us, you may do so by signing up here.

If you already signed up, please ignore this email.

Hey, for $900/hour, you can call me Richard, no problem. Whatever you say, William!

I’ve kept in the link above in case any Richards in our readership would like to get in on this sweet, sweet deal. Just click and join; I’m sure the $900 checks will start rolling in.

2. From “Christina,” subject line “Re: Regarding Andrew Gelman’s Book”:

Dear Dr. Andrew Gelman,

I am Christina Batchelor, Editorial assistant from
Index of Sciences Ltd. contacting you with the reference from our editorial
department. Basing on your outstanding contribution to the scientific
community, we would like to write a book for you.

Many Researchers like you wanted to write and
publish a book to show their scientific achievements. But only a few
researchers have published their books and yet there are researchers who
still have the thought of writing a book and publishing it, but due to
their busy schedule, they never get the time to write the book by
themselves and publish it.

If you are one of those researchers who are very
busy but still want to write a book and publish it? we can help you with
the writing and publishing of your book.

With our book writing service, we can convert your
research contributions or papers into common man’s language and draft
it like a book. . . .

Dear Christina:

If you really want to hook me for this sort of scam, try calling me Richard. That’ll get my attention. Also, if this Index of Sciences Ltd. thing ever stops working out, you should look around for other opportunities. Maybe Wolfram Research is hiring?

12 Comments

  1. Jeff says:

    Are you not at least a little curious to see your papers converted into common man’s language?

  2. jonathan says:

    Not Richard Head, I hope.

  3. What’s with this question mark at the end of an “if” clause? I saw two in a poem today, but that’s a different matter. Perhaps it is considered more polite? to throw a question mark in there? Or if not? it might be intended to pique? curiosity?

  4. Graham says:

    Looked up the address of GlobalWonks- listed as being on the 10th floor of a 9 story building in downtown DC… I smell a conspiracy

  5. Charles Carter says:

    Regarding item 1, a college friend often said, “I’m not cheap, but I can be bought”.
    As to #2, if that abominable monster of a sentence “ But only a few…” reflects their writing style, you can do better.

  6. Eli Rabett says:

    Of course it is a variation on advanced fee fraud. Perhaps it would be fun to play a few rounds. For those interested Scamorana has the franchise

    http://www.scamorama.com/

    “This web site curates (hilariously unsuccessful) attempts at ADVANCE FEE FRAUD.

    The sender claims to be a bureaucrat, banker or royal toadie, wanting to move vast sums into your hands, honestly or otherwise. There is no money to be moved – except yours. Palms must be greased, imaginary legal documents must be acquired – with your money. A few K here, a few K there… eventually you get wise, and retire to lick your wounds.

    Other versions of the scam play on your charity, loneliness, or naiveté (you can’t win a lottery you didn’t enter!). Orphan, cancer patient, dead bank customer, phony job offer, overpayment with a cashier’s check… same scam. You may be shown pictures of “money”. Same scam.

    This site is devoted to the ‘419’ scam – named after Section 419 of the Nigerian Criminal Code. Most ‘419’ e-mails come from West Africa, chiefly Nigeria, or Nigerian expatriates (who happily scam other Nigerians). Although 419ers have their own style, their emails, which smack of political satire, contain elements harking back to 19th century European literature.

    Yes, it’s a crime, but the letters are funny. Read them out loud at parties and see. So are the responses.
    [Some people write back just to waste the scammers’ time. That is scambaiting, and the raison d’être for Scamorama.]”

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