These spams are sent formatted in HTML. For instance the first line of the spam I just got has the following underlying HTML code:
<DIV><FONT face=Arial>Hello, do <SPAN style="DISPLAY: none">plantations as a slave.</SPAN>you want to spend Iess on your drrugs?</FONT></DIV>
SPAN style="DISPLAY: none"' bit means that everything between that and the
</SPAN>tag isn't supposed to be displayed, so in most web browsers and email programs it ends up looking like this:
Which makes it pretty clear that they are selling drugs and also that they don't know how to spell. (Also note that they substitute a capital 'i' for the lowercase 'L' in 'less', since both appear the same in the font they specified [Helvetica]. They probably did this also to throw off spam filters.)Hello, do you want to spend Iess on your drrugs?
But I use Eudora and have configured it to ignore
<font>tags, so I get the whole shebang:
Hello, do plantations as a slave.you want to spend Iess on your drrugs?So only I (and others with email programs like mine) will know that these people are really selling 'LEngland where a man of your parts would be warmly welcomed. ThereEVlTRA', which is oddly apt.
It's sort of like backwards masking except dumber.
And now you know the rest of the story.