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Anti-Viral Ad Supplement: Spam Is Not Always A Scam

by Ryan Haupt

February 26, 2013

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Donate I'm feeling under the weather today so I'm not up to my usual anti-advertisement tirade. However, since our Overlord Dunning has made it clear by example that a totally valid blog post can be made up of links to other podcasts, that's what I'm going to do today.

You probably get a lot of e-mails asking if you'd like cheap drugs without a prescription. If you're like me, you assume that these e-mails are just trying to scam you out of your hard-earned coin like a fictitious Nigerian Prince. You might then be surprised to learn that most of them aren't, that these online pharmacies are real things and will indeed sell you actual drugs.

The whole process is outlined in Episode 430 of Planet Money entitled Black Market Pharmacies And The Spam Empire Behind Them. I learned a lot listening to this particular show but I think the most relevant lesson for this column is that what may look on the surface like a bogus ad may in fact be legit even if it is very intrusive and annoying. Something about correlation and causation I'm sure.

Now if you'll excuse me I have to go browse a few online catalogs for something to make me feel better without spending too much money...

by Ryan Haupt

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