That's my guess.
Here's an example of a simple social engineering email. The idea is to make the recipient think they've received something they oughtn't, and that that "something" contains a stock trading tip:
From: "Brendan Rodgers"
To: [my email address]
hi Brendan i hope this is your e-mail.
I was glad to meet you the other day. I expect you are really had like the New
So much so much happening all the time, lots of great opportunities.
And speaking of opportunities, the deal I was speaking you about yesterday
embraces a company
named Tex-Homa (TXHE).
It's already heading up, but the big information isn't even
out yet, so there's still time. I have got this shares already and made
2000. I recommend you to do the same today.
Hope this helps you out. I'll see you this weekend.
Yours Brendan Rodgers
The small problem with this mail is that it looks like the sender has sent it to himself. That's a bit weird! Who would believe in such a thing? What sort of idiots do they think they're sending this mail to? Surely, those people who trade in stocks and shares in the US must have some brains...
Then there are emails like this:
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Again, you have to wonder who would look at the above bunch of nonsense (and this is nonsense from a random word generator, or, more specifically, a random quoter) and decide that this is enough influence on them to help them make an important decision about their savings.
The answer must be that it's Americans they're aiming at... and these schemes must work, or they would have stopped long ago. I'm not being anti-American. In America people play the stock market. In this country much less so.
It just looks like the players are, themselves, being played.