Postal Spam

July 21st, 2010 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Just received a very rare postal letter from France.

I was curious as to who in France would be writing to me, and opened it to find it was the usual spam con, offering 90% of $3.5 million as next of kin, if I will only donate 10% of the legacy to some charities.

The con artist is actually in Spain – a is their claimed name.

What surprises me is that they are doing it by post. It must cost a fair bit to send letters from Europe to NZ. E-mail spam costs nothign to send, but mail does.

However if they send out 100,000 letters and even one person is stupid enough to believe it, they will make money.

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23 Responses to “Postal Spam”

  1. Colonel Masters (409 comments) says:

    We had several arrive at work on the same day to various people which kind of gave the game away.

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  2. AlphaKiwi (683 comments) says:

    You mean it was a hoax? Oh shit!

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  3. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    They have given up on me… my email spam deletes itself… and the few I get in the post.. say I blow my chance of winning.

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  4. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    Forward them all to Bill English. That should clear our deficit.

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  5. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    Clearly they have a flawed business plan.

    To make best use of the printing and postage costs, Ms Fernando Diaz should also have proposed marriage and offered to share with you her cut-price stash of Viagra :-D

    ROFL @ RightNow

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  6. themono (129 comments) says:

    I honestly didn’t realise real mail spam existed these days – any chance of scanning and uploading?

    [DPF: Normally yes, but now travelling]

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  7. PaulL (5,986 comments) says:

    I’m sure I saw this in NZ Post’s business plan, didn’t Mr Bolger help with it? With snail mail getting increasingly irrelevant, they need a slice of the action that is spam. What’s more, even if you decided just to write a letter back to get some more information, that immediately costs you 40c, and is profit for NZ Post. Dead cunning I tell you.

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  8. Ross Nixon (559 comments) says:

    There is a good chance that more than 1 out of the 100,000 will be a ‘global warmist’.
    Therefore the hoaxer will make money! ;-)

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  9. Pongo (372 comments) says:

    Has anyone participated in a Circle Group phone survey where if you happen to have shares, property and a clue they dont phone you back, despite promises to do so ?
    Next time they call (which will be about the tenth time) I will pretend to be poor dumb and stupid and see what sort of fast talking “advisor” turns up.

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  10. Robert Mapplethorpe (119 comments) says:

    OH NO!!! POSTAL SPAM!!!!~

    QUICK

    THE GOVERNEMT MUST ACT AND STOP THIS HORRID SCOURGE!!!!!!!

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  11. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    I think you’ve mistaken this blog for the Standard, Mapplethorpe.

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  12. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    I’m surprised Liarbore hasn’t resorted to such methods, the Glenn Owen fund must be in the red by now.

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  13. GJM (62 comments) says:

    In the past the Nigerians (who else) did a lot of this. The stamps were fakes so it didn’t cost much at all.

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  14. excusesofpuppets (132 comments) says:

    I got some too. Annoying as I am not sure how they got my name and address…

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  15. Poliwatch (335 comments) says:

    Where’s mine?

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  16. jarbury (464 comments) says:

    Some good ideas about what to do if you get a letter like this: http://www.419eater.com/

    You could just ignore, or you could waste the scammer’s time by leading them on, though obviously it’s best to do that under a fake name. Some of the stuff that “scam-baiters” have achieved is brilliant.

    And remember, every second they’re spending replying to an email from you, or doing some silly thing you’ve requested from them, is a second they’re not spending ripping someone else off.

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  17. TimG_Oz (862 comments) says:

    So who is the Left Wing party in Spain, are they in power, and what is their mail budget for staff departments?

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  18. Haiku Dave (265 comments) says:

    if you reply to
    enough of these letters one
    is bound to be real

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  19. cha (4,032 comments) says:

    What would you like to do to the piece of shit that organised this postal spam.

    Sharon Harper and her husband still receive junk mail and magazine subscriptions in their daughter’s name 22 years after she died in a car accident in 1988. Angela Harper was 12 years old and never lived at her parents’ current address.

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  20. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    Haiku Dave @ 12:13 am
    if you reply to
    enough of these letters one
    is bound to be real

    No they won’t…
    Unless you mean real spam scam…

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  21. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    Clicking delete is lame. Join the club that elevates baiting these scammers to the level of a hobby and – almost – a sport:
    http://www.419eater.com/

    Or, be like a former colleague of mine, who used to respond to these sorts of scams with a standard reply template of more or less the following:

    F**K OFF BACK TO NIGERIA AND DIE OF AIDS, BLACK C**T.

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  22. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    Not, I hasten to add, that I share or endorse those views!

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  23. Put it away (2,878 comments) says:

    Guessing they’ve resorted to snail mail because the scam is old news on the net now. Prob figure if they send out enough letters, sooner or later they’ll hit some guillible old fart who’s never been on that new fangled webbernet.

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