The Logic of Purposely Using Poor English in Scam Emails

I am not sure of the original source of this graphic but it illustrates an interesting analysis of why scam emailers actually use bad English on purpose. The off kilter language serves as a simple method of filtering out the more highly desirable “gullible” marks from the rest of the crowd. As in the example graphic below, scammers only have to deal with a one to two responses at a 70% conversion rate rather 100 responses with only a 0.07% success rate. Mathematically it is simply a more efficient way to work. Now if we as operational defenders could only work such statistical magic to reduce all those false-positives we waste time on…

Gullibility Filter

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8 comments for “The Logic of Purposely Using Poor English in Scam Emails

  1. August 13, 2014 at 12:40 am

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  2. August 13, 2014 at 5:49 am

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  3. August 13, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Ever wondered why those spam emails are poorly sentenced. Read this
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  4. August 13, 2014 at 8:29 am

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  5. August 15, 2014 at 3:53 am

    The Logic of Purposely Using Poor English in Scam Emails: but is it a double bluff? Or a triple one? -> http://t.co/v7vjpxZUUa

  6. August 15, 2014 at 4:12 am

    The Logic of Purposely Using Poor English in Scam Emails: but is it a double bluff? Or a triple one?: http://t.co/ZxI8wURQuM

  7. August 15, 2014 at 4:30 am

    The Logic of Purposely Using Poor English in Scam Emails: but is it a double bluff? Or a triple one? http://t.co/TZlrAjnKVG #TeamCymru

  8. December 8, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    @csirac2 @da_667 Interestingly enough I’ve seen that before. https://t.co/hH36F9WPE9

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