I receive plenty of mail from people trying to sell me something. Most of the times, those mails are sent automatically, and when I don't reply, the original message is resent, along with an extra note. Usually, I mark such mails as SPAM, blocking its sender, but once in a while, I reply.

This is an example of such a reply in Dutch:

Answer to SPAM mail

I am asked if I still work at ThinkFree NV, a company of which I'm a shareholder and a director, not an employee. In the original message, someone wants to talk to me about a service that uses artificial intelligence to find new customers.

I answered:

Dear bot,

There's still some work for you to do before you'll find the right way to address a prospect. Instead of scraping LinkedIn, you should check if the prospect didn't publish a bio.

That way, you don't have to ask people to find out their relationship towards a specific company. I'm currently not interested in virtual assistants, but I'm epovfduohverohr rioi wr ertooyyuhhf roioiot very curious erpsp pwert to discover what your natural language processing tools weirpow pwepri make of this sentence. (Just kidding!)

best regards,


I received the following answer:

Answer to SPAM mail

It reads:

Dear bruno,

Thank you for this reaction. It noted as such.

Please like our facebook page: ...

best regards,


I wonder: is this a human answer, or is this something a machine would write? If it's the answer of a human being, I'd almost say this person failed the Turing test.