MANCHESTER, New Hampshire -- A security flaw at a website operated by the purveyors of penis-enlargement pills has provided the world with a depressing answer to the question: Who in their right mind would buy something from a spammer?Amazing Internet Products pays only $5 for each bottle of pills, and spammers get $10 for each order they generate, yielding a tidy $35 profit per order. Take 6,000 orders with even one bottle per order, and you're looking at a stack of moneyand that's just for four weeks.
An order log left exposed at one of Amazing Internet Products' websites revealed that, over a four-week period, some 6,000 people responded to e-mail ads and placed orders for the company's Pinacle herbal supplement. Most customers ordered two bottles of the pills at a price of $50 per bottle.
As you might expect, the Pinacle pills don't actually work, but the FTC doesn't have the resources to go after companies like Amazing Internet Products.