|Nigerian 419 Scam|
I learned something. It's always surprised me how phishing scams often contain mispelled words, capitals in the wrong places, grammatical errors etc. "How," I asked myself, "could someone go to the effort to construct this fake email, website, and/or story, and not know how to spell? Or not be bothered to get the spelling right?" And I would go on my way with a sneering sense of superiority for having identified a weak scam perpetrated by idiots.
Turns out, according to one theory, that the mistakes are deliberately put there to filter out people who are too smart to fall for a scam. Educated people turn out to be difficult marks, so their letter from the chairman of Citibank contains a few "aint's" and weirdly capitalized random words. This filters out all but the most gullible.
This makes sense, but now I feel foolish for mis-diagnosing what I was seeing. The scammers aren't stupid -- indeed I was too stupid to see what they were doing. It's been bothering me.
And now this guy make a case that this is what Donald Trump is pulling -- he's deliberately being obnoxious and saying ignorant things to attract the bottom of the barrel.
Seems like a valid and very effective business strategy. Possibly even a life strategy.