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mail soliciting spams: what are they for?

This past week, I've been getting a lot of e-mail from "lonely" women on the Internet. They want me to write them to another email address they specify. Each mail is a slight variation of another. Each promising to send you a photo or two. The following is one real example of these spam.

From:    "sally" 
Subject: hello from sally
Date: Thu, 09 Aug 2007 18:59:16 -0800

i am here sitting in the internet caffe. Found your email and decided to write. I am 25 y.o.girl. I have a picture if you want. No need to reply here as this is not may email. Write me at asally183@latinmailemail.info

After deleting ten or more of them, I started to wonder what they are trying to achieve. They aren't trying to get your e-mail address; they've already sent you spam. They can't be trying to confirm whether your e-mail account exist; I get tons of spam whether I confirmed the e-mail address or not.

The only thing I can think of is that they are trying to get in touch with people to scam. But what kind of scam? I was curious to find out, so I sent an innocent message back to "sally", using a junk mail account. I simply said, "I love to chat. Hope to hear back with your photo."

After a day of waiting, I've received nothing from "sally". Still receive tons of junk mail, but none would indicate that it had anything to do with me responding to "sally". So, now I'm back to square one. What does the spammer/scammer have in mind?

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 10 Aug 2007 23:10:25 +0000

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