Yes, I agree that simply deleting the messages is a partial victory for the spammers. Besides, in order to see which are to be deleted, I have to scan through all the subject lines to make sure I don’t delete something legit.
At one of my email addresses I’ve had for over 5 years I’m getting about 200 spams a day, so this can take ages.
(In the days BEFORE I had email, I actually got a Nigerian scam letter IN THE MAIL, so I feel doubly singled out!)
Well, nowadays, if I’m feeling particularly munificent, I send them a reply such as:
Dear Zulu Makeni,
I am so happy! God has seen fit to visit me in the form of your email. This is the second miracle I have received this month; my grandmother recently passed away and left me her estate which totals over $870,000 US dollars.
I am sure I can help you! And I don’t need that much through my efforts. You are surely more deserving than I. How sad for one’s son to lose his father to a savage like Robert Mugabe.
Please transfer the money to my account forthwith, I shall provide all account details upon receipt of your return email.
That pretty much puts paid to at least THAT guy.
I know that it’s not fair to blast a million hate mails to some server who had nothing to do with the spammers. But I will tell you this, you legions of talented people who hang around on these boards: anyone who figures out an effective anti-spam program is going to be VERY RICH.
He already has my $25—no spam needed.