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Black Market Pharmacies and the Big Business of Spam

  • NPR, Monday, January 14, 2013 5:01 PM

Most prescription drug spam is not a scam at all, but a sophisticated globally distributed affiliate marketing and ecommerce operation. A researcher at the University of California San Diego placed over 800 test orders on online pharmacies found promoted in spam emails, and reports that for all but one of the orders he received the products he purchased. The companies that send the spam emails typically receive a 30% - 40% commission for orders placed.

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