The spam alphabet

Yahoo Mail spam iconI have a lot of words for spammers, but “creative” isn’t one of them. The same subject headers come up every time, such that I have to wonder about the basic life skills of anybody who clicks on one. And at some point, I realized that these recurring lures constituted their own distinct a-to-z lexicon, one that speaks to a certain internationalization of junk e-mail and that must also annoy a few large companies’ brand managers.

AIG Direct Life

Bank Lottery

Credit Score

Debt Consolidation

Expert Annuities

Free [fill in the blank]

Grandes novidades


International Monetary Fund


Know Your Neighbors

Make Money Online

National Lottery

Online Doctorate

Payment information

Qualicorp Saúde

Refinance Now


Target Voucher

Updated Notice

Vehicle Protection

Walmart Voucher


Your Score Check


(Okay, the “x” and “z” entries are a stretch. But those gibberish subject headers do keep showing up in my spam folder. If you have a less-nonsensical candidate for each letter, please suggest it in a comment.)





One thought on “The spam alphabet

  1. You forgot WEN..some kinda hair thing…shampoo? I get a zillion of ’em. AGORA is another one….don’t even know what it is but the President seems to have a special plan for me if I click here.

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