Mentally ill spammers

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by floyde, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. floyde macrumors 6502a

    floyde

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    #1
    This is what passes for spam these days:

    Subject: intelligent
    From: wzh3afqm@qconline.com
    Message:
    Content-Type: text/plain;
    Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7Bit

    scene



    I got this on my gmail today. Am I my missing something here, or have spammers finally lost their minds?
     
  2. Lyle macrumors 68000

    Lyle

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    #2
    I've gotten one or two-word spams like this as well, and I don't get it (unless it's just outright malice). They certainly aren't advertising anything.

    I know that a common technique to get past spam filters is to include some computer-generated nonsense text that would appear (to an automated spam filter) like real text -- but I don't know what the point is if they don't also include a link to the product that they're advertising.
     
  3. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

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    It's probably just a configuration error on the part of a spammer setting up a new batch of spam. Equivalent to printing one's first sheet of laser printer labels and seeing that they're misaligned, this is probably the spammer's system puking up some random stuff in error.

    Don't worry. I'm sure the spammer will soon get everything configured properly and we'll soon be learning about all of the w0nd3rfu1 pr0ductz they hve 4 us.
     
  4. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

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    #4
    One I got today says:
    Dear CitiBank user,

    We are looking forward to your support and understanding and inform you about new CitiBusiness® department system updrade performed by security management team in order to protect our clients from increased online fraud activity, unauthorized account access, illegal money withdrawal and also to simplify some processes.​
    They went to the trouble of using a CitiBank logo and a registered mark, but didn't bother to spellcheck. It says updrade multiple times in the message.

    I guess I won't click their link after all.
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    I agree that it's either a config error, or an attempt to update a list of real email addresses. If they don't get a bounce from your email address (or lack thereof), it's a valid addy and they can spam away at it.
     
  6. floyde thread starter macrumors 6502a

    floyde

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    At least you got a link :)
     
  7. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    I got a really stupid one the other day, which said this:

    Dear (notjustjay)
    ,

    We recently noticed one or more attempts to log in to your TD CanadaTrus account from a different IP address.

    If you recently accessed your account while traveling, the unusual log in
    attempts may have been initiated by you. However, if you did not initiate
    the log ins, please visit PayPal as soon as possible to check-up your
    account information:

    https://easyweb36w.tdcanadatrust.com/ (of course this led to a COMPLETELY obvious scam URL)

    Thanks for your patience.

    Sincerely,
    PayPal
     
  8. cycocelica macrumors 68000

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    I used to get one word spam emails. But ever since I switched to gmail I have not gotten any spam.
     
  9. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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  10. Wes macrumors 68020

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    I just got a good one:

    "DEAR SIR/MADAM,
    We are happy to inform you that you have won a prize money of Five Hundred Thousand Us Dollar ($800,000.00 usd.) for the month of March 2006"
     
  11. mrwildguitar macrumors regular

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    I hate those one word, doesn't make sense emails. I got them all the time with my old email address.

    As a matter of fact I just got one this morning saying "buy".

    So annoying.
     
  12. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

    WildCowboy

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    #12
    Did you?
     
  13. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    My Junk folder at work is overflowing with spam offering me fake watches, knock off software and all manner of products designed to improve my sexual prowess. If you'd rather read some spam with actual content floyde, then I'd be more than happy to forward it all to you. :)
     
  14. thequicksilver macrumors 6502a

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    Nah, it makes sense to me. They're trying to successfully get messages through the spam filter, and once they get through they're gambling that people won't mark them as spam, and merely delete them. If that email address sent millions of emails with that subject and only a small percentage were marked as spam, they're betting that the spam filters will think they're legit, regardless of their content.

    And if this is indeed the case, this tame-looking email is opening the floodgates.
     
  15. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    #15
    Mentally ill spammers. I have no experience with this...


    *Cough*


    Did any of the other Horsemen of the Apocalypse think this was a thread about us?
     
  16. iBlue macrumors Core

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    #16
    i got this one:

    _____

    subject: bread

    ikm3iauq@onemain.com

    Content-Type: text/plain;
    Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7Bit

    justice

    _______


    that was it. bread and justice. [​IMG]


    p.s. yes mad one, i thought this was definitely about you :p
     
  17. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    #17
    I guess it could be worse...it could be *angry* spam. :eek: ;) :D

    Us? Try *you*!
     

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