Brian Krebs has a good investigative piece on BuyEmails.org, an India-based website servicing Nigerian fraudsters and other Internet scam artists. They offer curiously targetted email lists ("6 million prospective work-at-home USA residents for just $99"), untraceable bulk email, and direct payment schemes from Nigerian banks, and (hilariously) they don't accept credit cards or Paypal because of all the fraud they've suffered. They also hold US patents on sending spam, but they lost one the first time they tried to use it against a competitor in a US court (the judge said that "sending and re-sending of spam until all of the mail is delivered" was "obvious"). The parent company of BuyEmails.org is Perfect Web Technologies Inc.
The site sells dozens of country-specific email lists. Other lists are for oddly specific groups. For example, you can buy a list of one million insurance agent emails for $250. 300 beans will let you reach 1.5 million farmers; $400 closes on 4 million real estate agents. Need to recruit a whole mess of money mules right away? No problem: You can buy the email addresses of 6 million prospective work-at-home USA residents for just $99. A list of 1,041,977 USA Seniors (45-70 years old) is selling for $325.
Where Did That Scammer Get Your Email Address?
If you don't care much about who gets your emails, or if you want to target recipients based on their email provider, the price per address goes way down. Consider these offerings:
50 million AOL addresses: $500
30 million Hotmail addresses: $450
30 million Yahoo addresses: $400
5 million Gmail addresses: $350
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