Getting spam with requests for monetary investment in ridiculous schemes is a long-cherished tradition on the Internet. Who can forget receiving their first e-mail from Ethiopia with its tall tales of millions of dollars seeking a home in somebody's U.S. bank account? Ah, the memories. I do hope someone has been cataloging these creative efforts so they are not lost to history. (Here's one spam blog that has a collection going back to 2007, at least.)
We get voluminous amounts of spam here, but I thought this request for money from last August was particularly brazen in its directness. Max Stephenson wants cash for his pricey NYU tuition. So cough it up:
"I really thought the only well-to-do member of my family would come through. She talks about two things: how proud she is of me and the worth of her stocks and bonds. Last week she came to the table: $500 towards my $50,000 a year college education. What can I say? A victim of the depression."
Read the rest of his sad tale after the jump.