Monday, July 5, 2010

419 scams impact on legit Nigerian email

BoingBoing has an entry up relating the story of a software developer from Nigeria who was having a hard time getting his email taken seriously.

It seems possible that Nigerian Internet cafes are full of emailers with names like Mr. John Richard who use yahoo email addresses and who come from a culture where it is common to write subjects in ALLCAPS. When they write to people they don't know, they -- quite sensibly -- start mails apologizing for the fact that they may have surprised their readers with an unannounced missive. Spammers and scammers put all these more upstanding folks at a real disadvantage when it comes to getting their message out.

I wonder what net behavior that I follow might be considered rude or spam-like in other countries?

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