Comments on: What weird spam is this? http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: sanijewellery http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/comment-page-1/#comment-49489 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:29:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/#comment-49489 www.sanijewellery.com

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By: Joyce Robertson http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/comment-page-1/#comment-6002 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 21:23:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/#comment-6002 Joan mentioned earlier they used the words “Kind regards” I have been getting emails from a Nigerian scam where they want to order large quantities of goods and have them sent to a orphanage in Nigeria. The problem with this it is a scam. There is usually poor English, one word missing and often use the words “kind regards” or kindly. They always want to know what kind of payment you require. In other words do you take credit cards. They pay with stolen credit cards. Somehow this scam leaves you holding the bag with their freight stuck and held for randsom in a container. I think this is some how connected. Simply because of the language and the oddity. I think I will open a new G-Mail account and eventally close the old one for security purposes & get Lifelock!!!

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By: The Spamhaus Project http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/comment-page-1/#comment-5402 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 17:04:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/#comment-5402 Since kicking this spammer off The Planet (not *this* planet, the US ISP called The Planet ;) last week, we have not seen any further “random questions” spam. If anyone sees this same spam again, let us know at Spamhaus.

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By: Chris http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/comment-page-1/#comment-4964 Tue, 04 Aug 2009 16:26:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/#comment-4964 These are pretty good spam messages. I would have been fooled (they were directed at an email address of mine where I do offer “how to” info), except that I received two exact same questions from different email addresses (one from iris.accountants) Now I know not to respond.

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By: The Spamhaus Project http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/comment-page-1/#comment-4953 Tue, 04 Aug 2009 09:06:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/#comment-4953 The spam operation sending these spam has now been placed on the SBL blacklist by Spamhaus, this record details the operation:

http://www.spamhaus.org/sbl/sbl.lasso?qu ery=SBL77368

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By: Helen http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/comment-page-1/#comment-4904 Mon, 03 Aug 2009 08:44:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/#comment-4904 Yes, we’ve ben getting these message too – one of them from the same winstonfinancial gmail address. I stupidly replied to the first one as the question asked was similar enough to genuine emails that we receive from time to time – we get asked for advice on personal debt although that’s not what we work on – and have received some more since. I too have been baffled by them and could only think that it was somebody’s way of wasting our time responding to requests that aren’t genuine. But maybe it is something more sinister…

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By: Brandon http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/comment-page-1/#comment-4896 Sat, 01 Aug 2009 21:33:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/#comment-4896 I get these emails on a regular basis, from the exact same handful of Gmail accounts you mentioned in your post. In fact, I just filled out a Gmail abuse form for each of the senders. I recommend you anyone who is targeted do the same thing, and continue to do it. If Gmail gets a ton of complaints, they will shut down the senders’ accounts. If they continue to shut down the accounts, the spammers will stop using this stupid Gmail strategy, because it will become too labor-intensive for them.

Trust me — if you do nothing, you will continue to receive these emails. I dealt with it for two months before I reached the point of contacting Google.

Here’s the abuse form:
http://mail.google.com/support/bin/reque st.py?contact_type=abuse_phishing

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By: a webmaster http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/comment-page-1/#comment-4892 Sat, 01 Aug 2009 17:11:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/#comment-4892 I too have received these emails. Unfortunately I was dumb enough to respond to the first one I got because it seemed to come from a real reader in need of advice. Then I started receiving more similar emails, and I realized I had been spammed.

Then I did a Google search using the words of my response to that first email, and discovered that it had been published on a website. The site has Adsense ads on it. It’s a spoof website that has been made to look like Yahoo Answers. (I guess it must be affiliated with xmediapartners as mentioned above.)

If any of you have responded to any of these emails, search Google using the words of your reply. If you find that it’s been published on a website, PLEASE complain to Google and/or Adsense!! Email content is copyrighted! Maybe together we can get this site taken down or at least banned from Adsense.

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By: Joe http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/comment-page-1/#comment-4884 Sat, 01 Aug 2009 02:02:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/#comment-4884 I also got a message from petrov.gazprom@gmail.com.

Same format as before, but about credit hours.

Yeah…

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By: Tom http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/comment-page-1/#comment-4877 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 20:10:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/23/what-weird-spam-is-this/#comment-4877 “Tony” using the petrov gazprom at gmail address asked me whether he should buy a “baost” and the misspelling of “boat” was the only really strange thing about the email. It was better than ordinary spam. Susan’s explanation above seems reasonable.

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