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Would You Trust Your Heart to Them?

Spam Cans
I’ll Take Mine With A Bit of Salt

I’ve been researching some new topics for my WordPress class in Arlington and decided to focus on comment spam. I almost never look in my spam files (thank you, WordPress!) but a quick perusal has been amusing, to say the least. For example, I got a bunch of badly-written, congratulatory emails that all pointed back to a single dating website:

Your style is really unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from.
I appreciate you for posting when you have the opportunity,
Guess I’ll just book mark this site.

Well, nice enough I suppose, for a site that links to other dating sites. I wonder what boiler room they’re all sitting in? Another lonely heart had this to say:

I am in fact grateful to the owner of this web site who has shared this fantastic piece of writing at
at this time.

And how long have you been learning English as a second language, dear? Still got those best dating sites, huh? You, realize, of course, that I’ve been married for 10 years? Of course you do! But this one spilled the beans on all of them:

Right here is the right webpage for anybody who wishes to find out about this topic.
You realize a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you
(not that I actually would want to�HaHa). You definitely put
a new spin on a subject which has been discussed for ages.
Wonderful stuff, just excellent!

Well, yes, I guess it is a “whole lot its almost tough to argue with you,” not that I have any idea what you’re talking about. Good luck with your dating site and I hope you don’t piss off any stalkers.

I have no idea what this one’s about. They must have used Google translate:

Hello, its fastidious article on the topic of media print, we all
be aware of media is a great source of data.

Um…yeah. The comment has a link to a YouTube video. I’m afraid to click on it. God knows what creepy thing might crawl into my computer from there. I don’t think it’s for a date. Ugh.

Now, listen: don’t any of you decide to try this remarkably ineffective way of selling something. If you do, I’ll come after you  myself and I don’t care where you live. It’s good for a laugh, though! Just remember: “be aware of media is a great source of data.”

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Spammers, Unite! You’ll Be Easier to Spoof That Way

I came across this gem during my daily browse of the internet. The Omnipitent Poobah Speaks! is one of my tongue-in-cheek favorites. Nothing is sacred to this blog, and the potshots cover political right. left and center. It’s funny and outrageous. Very often, it’s just what I need after a cranky day.

Spammers Say the Darndest Things

I get a lot of spam on my blog The Omnipotent Poobah Speaks!  I normally favor the death penalty for spammers of any kind – email or blog comment style. I’m also open to capital punishment for paper spammers like banks (do I really need 5 credit card offers a day?) and I’d gladly off phone solicitors who ignore my entries on the National Do Not Call (But Go Ahead Anyway Because No One will Prosecute You) List.

Still, I always read the accursed stuff. It’s often quite entertaining in a spelling-challenged, EAL (English as an Alien Language) way. If the spammer has clearly read the post and the comment is good, I’ll even let it in – sans the commercial message of course. BTW, what makes you think I’d buy gold bullion from a language-challenged pygmy from deep in the Internet Jungle? Plus, my dick is big enough already thankyouverymuch.

So to prove I’m magnaomous and somewhat supporting of their misplaced entrepenurial spirit, here are some of the best from the past week:

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Are You Being Spammed on Vox? A Vox Blogger is Asking, Not a Spammer.

I've been noticing some serious spam on Vox, and this surprises me. Six Apart is a well known blogging company, with a number of products. Is this how they take care of customers? I took a screen shot of one, completely hijacked, page:

This is one of the links out from the "Groups" link. As you can see, it's completely taken over.

Vox's competitors – WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, etc., – are continually improving their product and keep a very wary eye on abuse within their communities. This is really bad form, and it makes me wonder if Six Apart is really engaged with this product, or if it's planning to spin it off or otherwise get rid of it.

I like the community here on Vox. I really enjoy hearing from everybody, even if I don't get a chance to post or respond all that often myself. These days, I'm busy. I'm also more and more engaged with blogging services and communities that are more user-friendly. Facebook is very easy to update, and you can add links to it very easily. Ditto with other blogging platforms, like Tumblr. The "Vox This!" widget is really poor and it still takes a long time for pages here to load.

What do other people think? Are you getting feeling neglected by Vox/Six Apart? What problems are you having, if any?

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Hey, You Think It’s Spam?

Oh, I'm going to photocopy my credit card and ID for these guys right away – NOT!

For your protection, we have limited access to your account until additional security measures can be completed. We apologize for any
inconvenience this may cause. In order to assist us with this security measure, we ask that you send us a photocopy or scan documents listed
below and return them via email to security@paypalfraudcheck.com :

– A clear copy of your Passport or Photographic Drivers Licence or I.D. Card (both sides).

– A clear copy of both sides of the credit/debit card on your Paypal profile.

– A clear copy of a recent bank statement or utility bill on which your name and address are clearly visible -  less than 3 months old.

Completing all of the checklist items will automatically restore your account access

Thank you for using PayPal!

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So, Do You Think It’s Spam?

Or I could be the lucky winner! Here's a grand prize that arrived in my e-mail box this morning:

Attention:Upaid Contractor, (SECURITY CODE SCTC/2001DHX/567)

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable ATM of $500,000.00 United States Dollars issued to you through  this Bank of China, but I did not hear from you for a couple of weeks now. Then I went to Dwon to the bank tracking system on  courier to confirm if the ATM CARD has reach you, But to my greatest surprise your ATM CARD IS STILL IN THE BANK,WHY? To avoid lossing this ATM CARD, I have authorized my bank to issue you a note of warning in regards to this effect to avoid you blaming the bank for your misfortune or loosing your ATM CARD that was already issued to you.

As a matter of fact the ATM CARD valued $500,000.00 USD UNITED STATES DOLLARS must be dispatched to you immediately we hear from you without any delay and PLEASE WE ARE VERY SORRY ON ALL THE INCONVIENCE THIS BANK MUST HAVE COST YOU.

What you have to do now is to contact DR HU YOUNG (HEAD OF OPERATION OF CHINESE EXPRESS COURIER) as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your Package to you because of the expiring date. For your information, The bank have paid for the delivering Charge, Insurance premium fee.

The only money you will send to the Courier Company to deliver your Package direct to your postal Address in your country is ($450.00 US) Four Hundred & Fifty United States Dollars only, being for your hard documented copies and Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far, I would have paid that but they said no because they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.

You are advice to contact DR HU YOUNG (HEAD OF OPERATION OF CHINESE EXPRESS COURIER) now for the delivery of your fund with your deposit SECURITY CODE SCTC/2001DHX/567.

NOTE: THIS RELEASE OF YOUR ATM CARD WILL BE STOPPED BY OCT,30TH 2008.

Directors Name: REV DR HU YOUNG
Company Name: HEAD OF OPERATION OF CHINESE EXPRESS COURIER

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