Spam has been getting loads of press lately, most recently there was news of Earthlink’s new challenge/response system, then Mailblocks announced that they are suing Earthlink for patent infringement (that is a story unto itself). What surprised me was an article I read today about the SEC suing a spammer for fraud. This made me realize that there are actually people out there that respond to this stuff. This guy sent out 9 million spam messages grossing $102,554. If people are willing to give their money away to an “investment advisor” that they must contact on a disposable cell phone, think of how many people are willing to “find out anything about anyone”, get “F-R-E-E DIRECTV” or “turn back time” when they receive an email invitation to do so.

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