6 Reasons Why Spam Email Is So Successful

I would imagine that if you mention the words ‘spam’ and ’email’ to most people, then they will associate those two words with something very much like this –

Or at least that’s what they would have you believe.


Have you ever wondered why spam email continues unabated, growing at an alarming rate, when just about everyone says they hate it?

Could it be because, secretly, 29% of the internet population has bought something pitched to them through junk mail?

Whilst publicly slating spam email, almost a third of internet users have found the following illegal, or at least slightly dubious, items via their inboxes –

  1. pirated software
  2. fake designer watches
  3. counterfeit designer clothes
  4. restricted drugs
  5. prescription medicines
  6. pornography

Have you ever purchased something through spam email and, if so, why?

Thanks to Kim Woodbridge for the inspiration for this post.

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About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. what is tht picture..is tht chocolate cake? ha ha

  2. You’re welcome. Can’t wait to know what you thought of for a post.

  3. Hmmmm… spam email titles… that’s given me an idea for a post.

    Thanks! 🙂

  4. Trying to avoid eye contact with the picture helps a little.

    Now, subject line email scam of the day?
    “Be the object of desire with magic pills”

    I had to chuckle at this one. I thought desire was the object.

  5. One picture. One word.


  6. A less than delightful picture left imprinted momentarily in my brain. It is rather grotesque and thus so is email spam. I agree with Kim, I get a good laugh at some of the subject lines myself. Some are just purely hysterical! 😀

  7. Well THAT just put me off eating my breakfast and possibly lunch too!

  8. When I saw that photo I thought this story was going to be a steaming pile of…. 😀

  9. For those of you who may be confused, Kim inspired the article, NOT the picture!

  10. Oh man – you are really trying to make me stronger emotionally.

    I wonder a bit about the results of that survey. 29% seems really high to me. Well, maybe not – there must be a lot of men concerned about their size who are purchasing the enhancement products.

    I have never purchased anything offered via spam as I have no money left after giving it all to a group specializing in credit elimination 😉

    As much as I detest spam, I do laugh at many of the subject lines.


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