My most recent spate of spam received has "Attention the owner of this email id‏" as the subject line.
Talk about lazy!
7:57 pm on Nov 19, 2012 (gmt 0)
OK here goes. Send them this for inspiration. :)
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2:12 am on Nov 20, 2012 (gmt 0)
Did it really literally say 8207 or did you just make that up? Was the rest of the spam in a semitic language? Am I over-analyzing again?
2:43 pm on Nov 20, 2012 (gmt 0)
Actually, I'm not sure how that got in there. I just copy/pasted the subject line. Not sure if it's some extra hidden crap Hotmail added or if the spammer added a hidden character to the subject for some reason.
8:04 pm on Nov 20, 2012 (gmt 0)
It's the right-to-left marker. That's why it caught my attention.
You can trace the development of spam blocking by the type of subject headers you get. It's been quite a while since I've seen much in the range of "the info you requested". But I get a lot claiming that someone on such-and-such social network has sent me a private mail. Luckily they never bother to include the torrent of images that a real e-mail would have. Or even image-sized blank spaces.
8:31 pm on Nov 20, 2012 (gmt 0)
the ones i laugh at aren't really spam... they are the ones that have obviously been written by a human, but he has left in the details of the previous site he sent it to.
a while ago i got an email saying all the usual stuff like "i have been through your site and really liked it" (blah blah blah) and how our businesses would work really well together, suggesting some mutual ways that we could work together... but then he went and left the name of one of my competitors in the sign-off, as if i was them. so he's obviously mass-mailed this exact same message to all of us and forgot to change it.
what a waste of effort. those things just go straight in the junk folder.