I've noticed a decrease in the number of "Nigerian Prince" e-mails of late. I have seen a reasonable uptick in the number of scam faxes I get though. It used to be that nuisance faxes were mostly of the cheap vacation variety, offering supposedly tremendous deals on cruises to exotic ports of call. I don't want to travel with people who buy trips off anonymous faxes, but that's another unwritten post.
Lately, at work, I've been receiving a number of the 419 type offers. I understand that sending them by e-mail is virtually free, so it makes sense to use that delivery method. Are long distance phone call now approaching zero in cost? Obviously for this scam to work, it has to be widespread. I think a successful return on an e-mail blitz (thousands, if not millions of e-mails) is supposed to 1%. I wonder if the "rate of return" on the faxes has to be higher to offset the cost of sending them. Unless, as I said, they are using some form of long distance phone access that is free and where do I sign up for that?
For posterity, here's my fax from Michael J. Simpson. As others have pointed out, it's cute how he spells his name wrong in his e-mail address (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org). Is that due to stupidity, or duplicity? Both I suppose.
P.S. I've e-mailed this to Mr. Michael J. Simpson for shits and giggles. I expect my libel suit shortly, because that's what scammers do, they threaten to sue over the truth. Right, Rod?