Bad Grammar is Good in Emails

Bad Grammar is Good in Emails

Yes, it’s true, in some of the best ‘commercial’ scam emails bad grammar and spelling is in fact a good thing. Did you know that this is the first customer filtering process for some email scammers? The process is that we wouldn’t fall for it because of the bad use of English but the sought after, gullible targets fall for it.

Some reasons:

  • To filter out smart users who would immediately recognise the scam, thus ensuring that only the most gullible users respond.
  • To read in a way that an American with money might imagine a Nigerian would write (for the multimillion-dollar transfer scams)
  • To get past spam filters
  • To fool the victim into believing the scammer is not very sophisticated and can be tricked by the victim
  • Because many scam emails are written by people who speak English as a second language and so do not catch the idiomatic English and grammar mistakes
  • Because the spam script is recycled from previously successful scripts and the errors don’t get fixed
  • Many phishing scams do not have typos at all in order to fool the largest number of people

See the full explanation on Quora.

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I am a partner at Succession Plus. We are specialists in providing proactive, focused and strategic advice for SME owners to help them manage strategic Business Succession and Exit Planning. I am enjoying a career that has embraced product and service businesses at all stages of their journey. I have worked in technology, telecoms, consumer electronics, payments, media, and publishing.

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