This blog was taken out of suspended animation for the month of November, 2007 for the purposes of collecting the latest variations on the lottery scam, and also to allow a comparison between November of 2006 and 2007. I'm pleased to say that this data-gathering exercise is now over -- pleased, because it's tedious! I received an average of nine lottery scams per day in the month of November, 2007, which is slightly more than double the quantity for November, 2006. Bear in mind that this blog was originally put on hold in December, 2006 because of the substantial increase in this kind of spam seen in November, 2006. In the six months prior to November, 2006, I documented an average of one to two such spams per day, and prior to that the average was below one per day.
A close examination of the November, 2007 corpus will show significant repetition. Where obvious duplicates arrived close together, only one instance was reported here, but little effort has been put into such removal of duplicates. The email address targeted by this spam is prominently visible in plain text on this blog, and given how little of this spam I receive at other addresses, it's a fair bet that such web-harvesting of addresses is the popular modus operandi for lottery scammers.