A few months ago, I got a typical spam message, but I just couldn't help replying… take a look:
From: JAMES KIRK <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Good day Sales.
Am JAMES Kirk,the GM of BUSYBEST STORES AUSTRALIA.
I got your company details from our local search business journal and found that
your company is in the position to supply quality products and services .
kindly confirm if you can supply my new outlet in Nigeria with
your products,if you can supply them,email me back with your preffered
method of payment (VISA CARD OR MASTER CARD?) ,also your prefered
method of shippment(DHL,UPS,FEDEX OR TNT).I also need the price list of products
you have in stock.
Once the confirmation is made to me i will advice you on the type of
products am interested in.
Do email at email@example.com or fax me with your response as
soon as you receive my email.
Waiting for your prompt response to enable me place my order
BUSY BEST STORE
TEL/FAX:+61 7 3102 9366
Now, I don't know if this guy chose the name at random (It would have been perfect if he chose James T. Kirk !)
So I have some fun & play up the star trek theme a bit:
Do you have problems with Klingons on your starboard bow?
Computer Aid can supply you with spread frequency phasers, which can easily remove
those annoying encumbrances.
We also can supply any other type of computer products. I don't have a price list, so
please let me know what you are interested in.
I can only accept payment via Direct Bank deposit into the Computer Aid bank account,
I'm sure that you won't have a problem with that.
Of course, the humor is totally lost on this guy & he just focuses on the money:
Credit Card payment only.
Advice? what does he mean with "advice"? Well, I've run out of imaginative replys, I don't take CC (way too expensive for something I might use only once every month or two), so I reply with:
What about PayPal ?
I've not heard back since… I wonder why? 🙂