The Ridiculousness of Spam
Fortunately, we do not have a spam problem here at Persona Paper, but I remember at "the other place" when every other comment was about how a person's aunt or neighbor makes a bazillion dollars on the internet. I usually passed those by without doing the math, but as I was reporting a spammer once, I read the comment, which went thusly, minus the link:
"my co-worker's mom makes $64 an hour on the internet. She has been without work for 8 months but last month her pay check was $14416 just working on the internet for a few hours."
Sounds good, right? Also sounds like absolute crap, of course, but I got interested in the mechanics of it. The spammer who composed this message just threw a few big numbers in to make it appealing, but didn't bother to do the math. I did. A monthly paycheck of $14,416, even at the princely rate of $64 an hour, would require over 225 hours of work. That's more than 50 a week, so even if this "opportunity" were remotely legitimate (IT'S NOT!). they are totally lying about working for "just a few hours", unless they think working seven and half hours every single day of the month, with no holidays or weekends off, is "just a few hours".
Why do they even bother? If there was an easy way to make this much money, folks, they would not need to ADVERTISE in the comments of a blogging site, yes? EVERYONE WOULD ALREADY KNOW ABOUT IT. Same thing with "miracle weight loss pills". If it were as easy as taking a pill, there would be no fat people on the face of this earth. So please resist the urge to click, because I am so sure you know better.
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