Computer spammers are still around, for one big reason: There’s a recession on and these guys are making lots of money DESPITE THE FACT that they only get one response for every 12 MILLION emails they send out!
Researchers discovered this by setting up a fake pharmacy and sending out their own spam. BBC News quotes researcher Stefan Savage as saying, “The best way to measure spam is to be a spammer?.[but] after 26 days, and almost 350 million e-mail messages, only 28 sales resulted.”
Does this mean spam is no longer working? On the contrary, spammers are sending out so many messages that a return of was less than 0.00001% is GOOD?just not as good as it used to be in old days before computer firewalls.