The Sad Decline of Craftsmanship Among Spammers, an Ongoing Series

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Sigh, kids these days.

Nothing says convincing SEO expertise like — well, like every little touch here:

“Due to some reasons” and other insights.

Come on, guys, show some pride!

(And before you ask, No, I am not the proprietor of a US War Crimes site. And, Yes, I know about the hypothesis that messages like this have a clever prospect-screening purpose: if you’re the kind of person who finds this message convincing, you might well be the kind of person who would fall for a scam.)