“I am basically interested for business reasons”

I think I’m just going to start posting some of the ridiculous email I get. I seem to be a magnet for phishing expeditions and scripted anomalies.

from J***** H*****
to ted@spideysens**.com
date Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 8:44 PM
subject Reminder : An interesting Business Offer.
hide details 8:44 PM (1 hour ago)

Hi Ted Rheingold,

I am basically interested for business reasons. I had written to you about the offer a few days back. Perhaps you never got the mail in the first place. Anyhow, here is the deal. I found your site http://www.spideysenses.com/ really enchanting and would like to buy a number of text-links on your site.

Let me know if you would like to hear more of this.

Best regards,


My site serves like 1,000 pages a month. Who could possibly be following up on an email to sell ads on it?

Perhaps I’ll even take this opportunity to write him back.

Hi John,

Thanks for reaching out. I’m not considering placing contextual advertising on my site – nor even replying to you so you can confirm you have my personal info – so there will be no need to send a third email inquiring about the opportunity.

k? thx, bai!

4 thoughts on ““I am basically interested for business reasons”

  1. Laura Moncur

    Man, I’m such a moron. I actually have been going to the trouble of replying stating my prices for “real” advertising and our policy on text ads.

    Thanks for sharing this. Now I can just be lazy and ignore them without guilt.

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  3. flurdy

    I got the same one from Susan. Looked a bit authentic, but since it came from a gmail account, and no company signature, I presumed it was spam, and found your blog (and many others) when searching for the same text. :)

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