SPAM emails. We all get them by the dozen. Usually we don’t spend a lot of time on them and simply hit the “delete-button”. But, have you ever thought of taking SPAM emails seriously and of replying?
You’ve got mail
The amount of email SPAM, also referred to as junk email or unsolicited bulk email, has steadily increased in the last decades. We’ve all been there. SPAM emails are usually sent to large amounts of email accounts and typically offer easy ways to earn huge amounts of money or super quick ways to change your body in any possible way. It does not surprise us to find our mailboxes filled with notifications of winning billions of dollars or instructions on how we can avoid paying taxes for good.
SPAM or HAM
The term SPAM (short for “spiced ham”) originally derives from a canned and precooked meat product sold in over 200 countries worldwide with sales figures exceeding the 7 billion mark. A famous 1970s Monty Python Sketch describes SPAM as “ubiquitous” and “unavoidable”. The expression was then adopted by the tech community. Fake meat, fake messages. Highly welcome messages and emails are sometimes also referred to as HAM. Much tastier, what do you think?
Make millions, cure illnesses and/or look amazing
Have you ever wondered who replies to these, all too obvious, scam/spam emails? James Veitch did. The comedian and writer decides to answer a certain Solomon Odonko’s emails, who promises to cut him in on a super hot gold deal which then leads to a very unusual but highly entertaining dialogue between two professionals.
But see yourself what happened:
Photo credits: Cover image shot by the author.