Most spam is easily spotted. There are a few types of letters that seem to get replicated. Two of the more popular are: you've been selected to receive some money, or I need some money... Usually I delete them without much thought, except to wonder why my spam filter lets them through.
In the the "you've been selected" category, I got this today:
- Ban Ki-moon - yes, he is Secretary-General of the United Nations (but why is he writing to me?)
- email@example.com - (a Vietnamese real estate website?);
- ONLINE NOTICE!!!! (not the message you'd expect if you actually won the money);
- $10,500,000 USD - too much to be believable?
- "you and other 7" - Mr. Ban Ki-moon needs some help with English (or maybe he types as well as Illinois' former governor);
- $1,500,000 - a nice sum and it is one-seventh of 10.5 M, but remember, there are supposedly 8 winners (seven others plus me) so this doesn't add up;
- Please send your Name, Address & Phone Number, email ID - (stranger danger!)
- union firstname.lastname@example.org - check it out: sify.com has no believable connection to a payment (payout) center;
- +60166561422 - what are the chances this is a real phone number? International code 6-Argentina? 60-Germany? 601-Mayotte Isl? (off the east coast of Africa); for no particular reason, I vote for Mayotte;
- ©.http://www.un.org/sg/biography.shtml - not sure about the copyright symbol, but this is Ban Ki-moon's biographical page. Nice try.