I keep on getting e-mails pretending to come from HMRC telling me I am due for a tax rebate and asking me to log on so that they can transfer the money to my account. I wonder if they ever contemplate why I just zap them . Got another one yesterday
Having a hotmail.com email address, I get similar ones from the USofA. Fortunately, Thunderbird is quite adept at slinging them straight into the junk box.
And no, they don't ever wonder, it doesn't cost them anything to annoy you, so they just keep sending. There is a theory that the illiteracy level is aimed at those who will respond and are unlikely to realize that there is a scam involved until it is far too late. If only one in a hundred thousand is a mug, the scam has paid its dividend.
I wonder who Nigerian Princes robbed before the internet?