Got an amusing piece of spam this morning--though I imagine it's not so amusing to people who don't know much about computers. Here it is, with a couple of redactions:
From: "COOL girl" <FBI@yahoo.com> Subject: how are you doing?do you Remember me? Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2007 00:00:45 hi there i am sorry friend,i am not a good man,i am a Viral disseminator, so when you open and seeing this email,My virus already implanted your computer,i want nothing,i just want a few money,so you must send 30 US dollar to my E-GOLD www.e-gold.com account,if you If you cant do it, I will let your computer will be paralysed and appear the pornographic procedure, so dont have to crack a joke to me, because your computer will be damage. this is my E-GOLD www.e-gold.com account: 3922379 i just can wait you 7days,so when the time over and i dont have get the money,your computer will be paralysed and appear the pornographic procedure. call me at [email address elided by Jed] when you send the money to me. i wait you my dear :)
I'm removing the "call me at" email address because there's always a chance that it's the address of an innocent person and the spammer just decided to include it to mess with that person. I'm also leaving out the Chinese (or possibly Japanese, but there's no kana so I doubt it) text that appeared at the end of the email, 'cause I have no idea what it says. It contains a URL in Western letters, but the URL doesn't work; appears to be something that was hosted at a Chinese (?) service provider.
I reported it to e-gold (which, btw, looks wackier than I thought; apparently all their assets are in actual precious metals, and you can't get an account there without going through a third party that'll convert your real-world money to e-gold?), but it's possible that even the e-gold account number is fake, and that the real point of the spam is to drive traffic to the spammer's website at the URL that I'm leaving out.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to seven days from now, when "appear the pornographic procedure." I wonder what kind of pornographic procedure it will be.