Since my spam filter gets more of a workout than I do these days, it’s time to dig into the dark recesses of the Internet and dredge up another installment of Torrid Spam Tales.
Seriously, where does this spam come from? I imagine a sweatshop in Chechnya staffed with 19-year old peasant girls looking to make an illicit love connection. A more accurate description would be a jerkoff named Boris in the Ukraine scamming lonely Yankees out of their credit card numbers by promising kinky cybersex with nubile slaves trafficked by the Russian mob.
Or something along similar lines, without the international intrigue that doesn’t involve Interpol.
However these emails wind up sent to me remains a mystery, but they’re more fun than the “Nigerian Prince Needs Your Bank Account Number” scam or the “Free Boner Pills” offer. Even though they’re illegal operations orchestrated by foreign criminals, at least I’m flattered a Nigerian prince needs my financial aid, but insinuating I need a pill to boost my erection is just insulting.
You came here for the juicy, scintillating details and I’ll oblige. Let the spammy debauchery and wanton online depravity commence:
I looked your description over the Internet. And decided to
write to you. You are pleasant to me very much. I expect on reciprocity. I
have tried become acquainted with to man via Internet at first time,
therefore it is a hard for me. What need I to write? A little about itself.
This is Nella. I’m 29 years.
I work, have a rest like many girls. I would like to go to the cinema,
walk in the parks. Sometimes I simply see DVD at home. Think that I don't
have enough man's intercourse. Though I’m beautiful woman. Maybe after
learning more about each other we can have friendship.
I hope it was interesting for you. Wait for your answer.
Take care, Nella
The above included a photo of what appears to be a nude female in a tree. Isn’t that taking naturism a bit too far? Wouldn’t that be one of the first things she’d write? “Hi, my name is Nella and for kicks I enjoy getting naked and climbing trees.”
Listen, I like seeing naked women. I like seeing trees. Put them together and you only have a batshit goofy girl in a tree. Upon closer examination, you detect the vaguest hints of a black shirt, but come on. What an anonymous cock tease.
Now the deconstruction: She “looked your description over the Internet.” How can she look at my description? Did she Google “funny and smart reporter/writer, swarthy appearance, resembles Bronson Pinchot on good days and Jon Lovitz on the bad”? How did she find me, and who the fuck is this nosy bitch?
“You are pleasant to me very much. I expect on reciprocity.”
Hey, you expect what now? You expect? Again, who the fuck are you?
“This is Nella. I’m 29 years.”
This is Eric. I’m so dreadfully confused.
“I work, have a rest like many girls.”
Going out on a limb here and assuming she is employed and occasionally takes time off of her job for recreational activities.
“Think that I don’t have enough man’s intercourse. Though I’m a beautiful woman. Maybe learning more about each other we can have friendship.”
Now we get to the gritty crux of this missive. She wants to fuck. She wants you to write back and correspond because, in some Bizarro World alternate dimension, a nude tree woman will let you screw her high in the branches of a majestic larch.
The email is a fragmented mess, with each sentence brief and disjointed. Look at the second half of the letter and read it to yourself, but in Cookie Monster’s voice. Better yet, take it to your local coffee shop on open mic poetry night and read it as a poem.
Dude I understand English is your second language, but if you’re going to scam people, learn the lingo first. How do you expect to fund Grozny’s largest meth empire if you can’t get blackmail and hoodwink Americans?
The next spam has a whimsical, fantastical flavor to it:
How do you do
I am here to meet a special man who will give me a chance to care of him, to cook for him, to raise his children, to give him all my love from my big heart.
I would awake the feelings were sleeping in my sweetheart's soul before meeting me.
After that moment we will never go through a day without saying how much we love and need each other for the rest of our life.
I like different cuisine and I dream about calm candlelight dinners with my second half.
I believe he will care enough to make me smile, stay with me long enough to learn more about me.
Unicorn? Are you fucking kidding me? Of all the alluring, sensual names designed to get a man excited (Jade, Ebony, Sindy) you choose one describing a mythological horse? Maybe if you were trying to pick up 6-year old girls, the name Unicorn might carry some weight, but as a grown man I am not impressed.
So “Unicorn” wants to meet a man she could cook and care for. Basically she’s a Russian mail order bride desperately in need of a green card.
“I would awake the feelings were sleeping in my sweetheart’s soul before meeting me.”
Almost like poetry. Almost.
“I like different cuisine and I dream about calm candlelight dinners with my second half.”
Dinners you’d cook, right? Because that’s what you promised earlier in the email.
“I believe he will care enough to make me smile, stay with me long enough to learn more about me.”
“Unicorn” is looking for the perfect mate, a man to compliment her, to complete her life and to create a brood of younglings with. Well, the perfect person, just like the mythological beast whose name she proudly uses, is imaginary.
You wanted a love letter? The next one drips with maudlin sentimentality:
I believe that new beginning will fill the empty place in my soul with the fresh air and scent of trees in bloom.
I am calm, decent, open-minded lady with good sense of humor.
I like sport, reading and especially I like to make my home cozy, I like to cook and often I try to cook something new.
I am dreaming about meeting that special man to share the most exciting moments with him. I am looking for active, emotional, cheerful, sociable and passionate man.
Yourth? That’s not a typo. That’s how she actually spelled it. “Yourth faithfully.” Think with all of this poetry she read too much Shakespeare and started writing in archaic English? Hey, if you can’t master contemporary English, the 16th century version will do.
“I believe that new beginning will fill the empty place in my soul with the fresh air and scent of trees in bloom.”
Read Chaucer much?
“I am calm, decent, open-minded lady with good sense of humor.”
These are exceptional qualities for any person. But here’s where it gets interesting:
“I am dreaming about meeting that special man to share the most exciting moments with him. I am looking for active, emotional, cheerful, sociable and passionate man.”
That puts immense pressure on a guy, right? Every moment has to be exciting. Why not just share moments with him? Why does everything have to be exciting moments. Sometimes, life is dull, like waiting in line for shoes. How thrilling can you make that moment? Or getting your taxes done. Or sitting on the toilet. Life isn’t about the exciting times. Life is a series of moments. Go with that and you’ll be contented.
Last one, and it’s a doozy:
My darling will hold my heart and my soul
I am very tender, caring, loving and understanding woman.
I wish that my future man looks into my eyes and tells me that he loves me with all his heart.
I know I am not completely ready to give one hundred percent of my heart, but I pray my future sweetheart will be my new beginning, my fresh new start. We will meet, look into each others eyes, and speak without saying a word.
Goodbye, my dear
Beginning the email with “Aloha” is a nice touch if you’re Hawaiian. If you’re anything other than from the Hawaiian Islands, using “Aloha” as a greeting probably means you’ve skipped a few doses of Wellbutin.
“I know I am not completely ready to give one hundred percent of my heart, but I pray my future sweetheart will be my new beginning, my fresh new start. We will meet, look into each others eyes, and speak without saying a word.”
This would be lyrically beautiful if it weren't so insane. The previous sentence urged her “future man” to tell her he loves her with all his heart. So it’s okay for a man to give his heart to Maggie, but Maggie isn’t ready to give her heart to him? Why bother asking him to do so?
“We will meet, look into each others eyes, and speak without saying a word.”
Someone’s been watching too many rom-coms. Relationships aren’t idealized and seamless. They’re messy and require time and effort, but if you’re willing to compromise and commit, they can work. Just looking into someone’s eyes doesn’t signify love. It means they’re ready to rut like wild animals in the treetops, and for that, you need to call Nella.