Classic Spam: Want poof (sic)?

A "lead," in the language of the sales business, is a pointer to a potential customer. Normally, leads are supposed to be "qualified" in some fashion (i.e., the target should actually have expressed some degree of interest in the product). In the spam universe, however, a "lead" is any e-mail address that you might be able to spam, regardless of whether the people behind such addresses want to hear from you or not.

Here's an ad promoting spam mailing lists, a message of the sort that I used to see quite a bit. Like most such messages, this one ran with a very low profile; there's no website link (except for one that points to an innocent party, a c|net news article), and the only e-mail address cited within the body is for list removal. Interested suckers and potential spammers (two sets of people with a very large intersection) were forced to use the old-fashioned telephone to place their orders (although at least the spammers apparently provided a toll-free number).

By keeping their business off the net as much as possible, these spammers don't suffer so much when they lose their mail access; they just move on to somewhere else and launch the next wave.

From: <<address-hidden>>
Subject: less than 50,000 will not provide a typical result. Response tends to be
Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2002 14:49:45 -0700
Errors-To: target.your.market.2001@aol.com
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 2.9.700.000
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
X-pstn-levels: (M:74.2560 P:95.9108 S: 0.0000 )

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a DIME for postage..

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Although we concentrate on targeted business opportunists
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Want Poof? Go To:
http://news.com.com/2100-1023-274785.html

If you wish to be removed from future mailings go to:
no_mail_please2002@yahoo.com















E-MAIL YOUR WAY TO PROFITS!!
THIS WILL GET YOUR SALES JUMPIN...
Only 0-25 day old e-mail leads at your fingertips!

Market your business to "TONS" of prospects without paying
a DIME for postage..


Like many older spam messages, this one "wraps around" and gives you the first few lines again at the bottom. I'm guessing this might be an artifact of the program that was used to generate the mail; it may have been working so fast that it wasn't careful about flushing buffers and such. The message subject and "Errors-To" field show similar mangling, as if they should have been part of the message body but somehow got misplaced.

Oh, and the title of this page? See the highlighted bit from the spam. I'd like poof, alright; I'd like for these spammers to poof right off the network. For good.


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Updated: Sat, 06 May 2006