I am a native in this world And think in it as a native thinks

Friday, February 15, 2013

Spam, Egg, Spam, Spam, Bacon and Spam

Spam filters keep most of the junk from reaching my tender ears or overloaded inbox, and overall that's a good thing. This spam comment on the blog cracked me up though:

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Although I do always try to hit the nail upon the highest (and consider the insertion of Greek characters in an English sentence a charming touch) the cheerful incomprehensibility reminds me of the old spammer names, obviously randomly generated, that used to line up in my inbox. It was hard to get annoyed about another ad for cheap Viagra or knockoff Rolexes if it came from someone named Persnickety J. Altruism or Abnegation T. Velocity.

For a while, almost every spam email had a funny fake name as the sender, and then the spammers morphed into phishers and started pretending to be reputable financial institutions instead of Nigerian princes. In the blog comments, however, it's still a badly spelled marketplace of watches, shoes and nutritional supplements, with Valium and Viagra for all, no prescription required!

Updated: I realized that they're probably Russian characters and not Greek, as most of my spammers come from Russia.

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