Archive for the Tag 'Spam'

Lame spam of the day: do you get a lot of spam?

This came as a comment on my blog.  I had to smile at a spammer complaining about spam.  It included a link to a page that seems to be selling dental implants, but I didn’t explore it. Author: Reno Nevada Comment: Hi, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar […]

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Lame Spam of the Day: Lehman Brothers Centre for Women 2008 Newsletter

It’s been a while since I got a spam message that rose to the level of true lameness (maybe because I’ve improved my anti-spam tools), but this one hit the target.  It’s bad enough that the formatting of the first third is truly ugly (scroll to the bottom to see an image), it says someone […]

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Lame spam of the day: spam mashup

Another newbie spammer playing with a toy?  This plain-text spam has no sender, subject, formatting, or graphics.  Nothing unusual there.  The bonus is that it mashes up a variety of spammer techniques, starting with a list of 3-letter words running from “act” to “dry”.  After that comes what looks like an email header, then some […]

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Lame spam of the day: Raw spam merge text

Some newbie spammer posted a message on my site that shows the contents of their spam merge database.  It goes on and on, but you’ll get the idea pretty quickly.  I found it fascinating. I recognize so many snippets that have appeared in my spam folder over the years. { {I have|I’ve} been {surfing|browsing} online […]

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Lame spam of the day: disappointed spammer

Most of the spam that reaches me comes as emails, but my blog also attracts a fair share of spammy comments.  Some are particularly lame (and some are pretty amusing).  Here’s one of the former, from a spammer I presume is trying to increase the search engine ranking for a site selling shoes.  I searched […]

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Lame spam of the day: Google Doc

Please tell me no one would ever click on something like this (I only wish it were true).  Plain text, bad English, the document isn’t actually attached, and the CLICK HERE link doesn’t point to google.com. Sender: Laila Brenner [brenner.laila@gmail.com] Subject: Fwd: Attached Document Text: I have an important document that i would like to share […]

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Lame spam of the day: Meeting invitation from George Adoo

I’m not sure if this one is lame (the subject, text, and double salutation are certainly lame) or clever.  This spam arrived in the form of a meeting invitation.  My Outlook spam filter (SpamBayes) doesn’t seem to look at meeting invitations, and it also slipped past the SpamAssassin filter on my mail server.  Consequently I […]

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Lame spams of the day: messages from key.com

I received seven copies of two versions of this spam.  Plain text, no formatting, no logos.  This site lists them as malware delivery devices but doesn’t elaborate on the threat.  Here they are: Senders: Georgina_Stevens@key.com Gavin_Deal@key.com Ana_Bowers@key.com Denise_Fish@key.com Rickie_Roberts@key.com Version 1 Subject: Please respond – overdue payment Text: Please find attached your invoices for the […]

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Lame spam of the day: Fake BBC news stories

Like most lame spam, this one lacks any formatting or graphics.  The tricky part is that it’s masquerading as a news story sent to me by a friend, and those typically lack formatting and graphics.  Clues that it’s fake: I don’t know the sender; the sender shows as Wendy Kauffman but the text says it […]

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Lame spam of the day: Smoking device

This is as lame as it gets.  Plain text, no graphics, the sender name looks suspicious, the recipient name isn’t me, there’s no subject, and the text is lame.  I ran the link in the “click here” line through some online virus scanners and it seems clean, so maybe they’re just trying to sell something.  […]

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