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[FYI] Who profits from spam?


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Who profits from spam? Surprise    

Many companies with names you know are benefiting  

By Bob Sullivan 
MSNBC Aug. 8 —  

There wouldn’t be spam if there wasn’t money in spam. So to 
understand what primes the spam economy, MSNBC.com answered a single 
unsolicited commercial e-mail. Following this one spam trail led us 
from Alabama to Argentina, from a tiny Birmingham-based firm and 
someone named “Erp” past a notorious spammer named Super-Zonda — and 
right through big-name companies like Ameriquest, Quicken, and 
LoanWeb. And that’s just the beginning. The truth about spam is this: 
While the dirty work is done by secretive, faceless computer jockeys 
who are constantly evading authorities, lots of companies with names 
you know profit, at least tangentially, from their efforts.  


 “The only thing that’s going to make spam go away is if people do 
not respond,” he said. “When e-mail first started, you could send out 
50,000 e-mails a day and make money. Now you have to invest a lot of 
money and time, you get a return rate of less than one-tenth of one 
percent. One day it will become so you can’t send enough to make any 
money. And that’s the only thing that will stop spam.” 

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