do these guys think we are idiots or what?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Apr 1 05:18:40 UTC 2010

On Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 8:01 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
> Yes they do.  Just like the Nigerian scams.

Abolutely! I saw a TV show on this sort of thing and was amazed by the
variety of people who sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to
Nigerian and other African "princes" barely literate in English.

For me, illiteracy in English = spam "free Viarga if yu by DVD yung
gril sock dik!" or scam = "I am prints Nigeran with much momey mut get
out of country looking for honest helper. May be you!!!"

I deal with many foreign bookstores and the sales clerks either reply
in PhD-level English or they reply in their native languages. If the
subject line isn't in English as good as that written by posters to
ADS-L or in the writer's native (non-English) languge (an  an
Eton-and-Oxford-educated prince only semi-literate in English?), I
dump it unread, along with those in perfect English that begin, "Hi,
Wilson! I'm sorry to be so late replying to your enquiry! [blah blah
blah] If we are mistaken and you did not request the above
information, please click here to be removed from our mailing list.
Thank you and our apologies!"

Yeah. Right.

I'm with Ron and Joel.



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