Spam as Time Capsules?

Everyone has received spam from certain persons, who are generally based out of one of the African nations and have ‘accidentally’ laid hands on millions of pounds and need a ‘trustworthy’ person like yourself to help them take the funds out of the country, with a part of the booty shared with the lucky you.This spam that I received last week is similar, except that the country in question is Iraq. I wonder if it just happens that I noticed it for the first time, or is it that this country is as regular as the Nigerias that occur in most such spam.

I wonder too, if the mention of the country from the middle east carries any significance and is indicative in anyway of the ground reality, or am I reading too much into it?

This is the text of the email:

I hope my email meets you well. I am in need of your assistance. My name is Sgt Jarvis M. Reeves, Jr.I am in the Engineering military unit here in Ba’qubah in Iraq,we have about Fifty Million US dollars that we want to move out of the country. My partners and I need a good partner someone we can trust.

But we are moving it through diplomatic means, to send it to your house directly or a bank of your choice using diplomatic courier service. Can we trust you once the funds get to you?

Please let me know how much percentage you are willing to accept for your assistance. If you are interested I will furnish you with more details. But the whole process is simple and we must keep a low profile at all times.

Kindly contact me via my private Email: <email>@yahoo.com

(I have replaced the email id with <email>)

I’d have taken less note of this were it not for this report according to which the The British Library has initiated a project to archive emails as artifacts – since emails have replaced many other forms of communication that recorded the imprints of time.

“E-mail has in many respects replaced traditional forms of communications such as letters or memoranda,” said John Tuck, head of British Collections at the British Library in a statement. This project “will allow us to archive a vast snapshot of our present-day e-mail communications and will be of great value for future researchers.”

The project, E-mail Britain, will store messages in an “e-mail time capsule” and categorize them by theme: Blunders, Life Changing E-mails, Complaints, Spam, Love and Romance, Humor, Everyday E-mails, News, World Around You, and Tales from Abroad.

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2 Replies to “Spam as Time Capsules?”

  1. I wonder what will become of all the wonderful books waiting to be written based on letters stashed away in some old forgotten damp attic. What will the future generations inherit, passwords to their grand-parents email accounts ?

    Its a serious loss. I yearn for the good old days letter writing but they are passe for sure. we havent just realised it yet. Better start archiving our e-mails.

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