So... I just cleaned a bunch of spam out of my inbox. This is the stuff that makes it past all the standard filters, and all the custom filters I have built.
As I was deleting this, the thought struck me: Spammers wouldn't do this if it wan't *very* profitable.
That means that people are actually responding to random messages in their inboxes saying "Buy flooring from me!" or "Buy my concrete!" (seriously.... I can't count the amount of flooring spam I've gotten).
If I spent an entire year standing in Time Square approaching people and saying "Hi! I have some flooring to sell you!", I'm pretty sure I'd gain nothing (with the possible exception of some fractures and a familiarity with the ER staff at the local hospital).
But apparently... people are entirely willing to trust random e-mails.
The stupidity of humanity never ceases to amaze me.