My mother’s primary e-mail account is with one of those free service providers, so she gets a lot of spam. For some reason, some of it’s in German, and I can read German a little, so she asked me what it said. Here’s a little bit from one of them:
“Die 99% - die Elite – sorgt dafür, dass Sie in so einem Hamsterrad sind und bleiben.” (The 99% - the elite – make sure you will remain in your hamster wheel. That’s why you aren’t making large amounts of money, working from home.)
What I like about this is that it identifies “the 99%” as “the elite.” I didn’t know spammers were using Occupy rhetoric in their pitches now, but then again I haven’t been paying much attention.
I also like one of the other e-mails, which describes someone who’s used the product as a “Müttersöhnchen” (which might be translated by the “Pump You Up” guys on Saturday Night Live as “a puny little mama’s boy”) who’s thirty-eight years old and still lives “bei Mutti,” but who in his first week made 4,575 Euros. Everyone who uses the system, apparently, makes 4,575 Euros in the first week.