Spam is so tediously dull these days, it's rare that I come across one worth commenting on.

But courtesy of Kevin H., a Nigerian-style scam landed on my desk yesterday.  The interesting thing about it, is that it was a snail-mail scam.  It had the usual blah-blah about unclaimed millions in a bank account (in this case the unclaimed estate of a victim of the Madrid train bombing), and it purported to be mailed from a lawyer in Spain, whose name is Denis Dorkry.

The whole thing wouldn't have been worth a second thought, except for the fact that the postmark indicates that the letter cost 78 Eurocents to mail, which is more than a dollar.  The sucker rate would have to be astronomically larger than for email Nigerian-scams for this to pay off.  We can assume, therefore, that the scammers have a hacked postage meter and the post mark is forged.  I wonder what the penalties for mail fraud are in Spain?

A bit of sleuthing turned up a few other tidbits.  First of all, Mr. Dorkry is in fact a lawyer in Spain, and his website is more professional than the scam letter would otherwise suggest.  In the scam letter, he mis-spells his name as "Dorky" at one point, which is (1) funny, and (2) evidence that the author is not, in fact, Mr. Dorkry at all, since we can assume that the real Mr. Dorkry (as the British-trained Barrister that he claims to be) has a lifetime of practice avoiding that unfortunate and embarassing typo.  I also suspect that the real Mr. Dorkry would know how to spell "confidential", among other words that lawyers tend to use from time to time.  So we also have a case of the scammers attempting to steal the Mr. Denis Dorkry's identity.