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Shooting myself in the foot? June 30, 2010

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On those web sites that won’t let you register and therefore read their content unless you provide them with everything from your mother’s maiden name to your social security number I usually sign up as a male born in 1901. Just to give their marketing department a little to chew on when they try to tailor their targeted ads.

I am starting to think that may not be such a hot idea though, since my spam folder now seems to consist of approximately 90% viagra promotions, with a few feeble Nigerian-style scams thrown in.

So I wonder if the spammers really are that specific in their targeting – would I be getting spam about dieting if I had signed up as female? – or is this proportion really the norm these days?

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