In spite of the presence of a pair of spam filters, a fair amount of spam infests my email account each day. Most of the garbage that passes through the filters ultimately seeks to convince me to purchase some product, while the senders of other emails seek to phish personal information or pass along some virus.
These types of emails make a certain rational - albeit quasi-criminal - sense.
Then there are the seemingly pointless emails, like the strange textual missive I received this afternoon from a "Vanheuse Deuermeyer" with the subject line "vermeer":
Hoi,This email had no links to porn sites, no apparent sales pitches for items like a Hilton Head rental, and contained seemingly random snippets of text. Some of the phrases are taken from an English translation of the Sanskrit epic The Mahābhārata, while others appear to have their origin in The Wisdom of Niccol Machiavelli.
One, do thou so act that his caravan may soon in which people destitute of intelligence become the grief of the kinsmen seemed to abate, and in joy and waved their garments. Then the mighty short distance of the ancient abbey of pavilly burdwan version repeats the error. K.p. Singha, likewise brought in any auncient fabricio. You pithanon. One important opinion maintained by him, in fact, in order that, protected by me, he is now become for fame and glory, the first whoever repeateth them, undoubtedly secureth fame, real journey into space should commence in the vows, and observances. but they have again to likely girl, said samson, as they were driving of your cheek. I'm chairman. I mean the one corney.
I have tried a few tricks to see if there is a hidden message, but I do not see any logical solution to this puzzle. The only guess I can hazard is that this email is intentionally baffling in order to elicit a response from a bewildered recipient and thus verify whether the email account is "live" or not.
Anways, feel free to offer your insights in the comments section on the nature of such bizarre emails.