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Do You Know What Lurks In Your Spam Filter?

I don’t understand spam. I really don’t.

I don’t understand the people that circulate it and the people who actually fall for it. A Nigerian king wants to give you a million dollars…really?

Thanks to the beauty of spam filters on email and blogs, we don’t have to deal with this crap much anymore. But, every now and then, I peek in the spam folder to make sure something legitimate didn’t get overlooked.

And I’m always amazed by the efforts, or lack thereof, that spammers make to fool us into believing they are legitimately commenting on a post. Who writes this stuff? Is it an actual human, a robot, a computer program, a parakeet?

To understand why I’m asking this question, check out some of the recent spam comments that my WordPress filter caught:

Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your blog and in accession capital to assert that I get actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

Subscribing to my augment? Is that even legal?

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I totally disagree with you. But let me put it this way: Observation mine blog post literacy can’t sun storm with a more incredible looking glass of apple juice. Please refer me to analytics statistics number crunching so I can retain pleasant acoustics on the Rhode Island senator’s comments.  Thank you, or as we say in Tennessee: “Thank you.”

 I’d let you know that most people visitors are actually seriously fortunate enough to be a good website with many different distinctive those that have helpful principles. I believe somewhat fortunate enough to have come across all pages and show off toward definitely far more exceptional minutes reading through right here. Thanks a lot all over again for all you specifics.

I love this one. “People visitors,” as opposed to the large amount of canine visitors that we bloggers receive. I hear Labs are big fans of food blogs–if you’re into that. And, those Yorkies…well, I can’t tell you about the sites they frequent. Also, these mysterious “people visitors are actually seriously fortunate enough to be a good website with many different distinctive…” Is this some kind of strange Neuromancer/Matrix technology where we people turn into websites? If that’s the case, I got dibs on The Food Network site.

 I don?t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the impact of just a moment’s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

Hold up, now. This spammer took some type of strange stream-of-consciousness sexual turn at the end there–immediately after a sentence that talks about “best practices.” Huh?

Dude Im a cubs fan from wisconsin too! this is are year

If you’re going to take a sports and  geography angle on your crappy spam comments, at least get it right.

1. I’m not a Cubs fan. I’m a Braves fan.

2. I’m not from Wisconsin. I’m from Tennessee, via Georgia.

3. “This is are year”? No, this is not you are year. Not you are year at all. You are Cubs are am suck.

Obviously, most spammers don’t have a solid grasp of English language. But is that really a surprise?

Have you guys had any ridiculous spam emails or comments on your blogs?

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19 Comments Post a comment
  1. Patti #

    I don’t get much interesting spam – most of it is short and weirdly encouraging with relatively normal English usage, but the best one thanked me, told me that the spammer’s brother had directed him/her to my informative post and assured me that he/she had been searching the internet for this information – and it was a post about how I don’t shower for days at a time while I’m camping.

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    August 18, 2011
  2. Blair #

    This is hilarious!

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    August 18, 2011
  3. Eddie #

    My spam filter is full of offers for really cheap viagra. So if that day comes, and I need the help I will have multiple options!!

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    August 18, 2011
    • Funny story. I just found your comment in my spam folder! The “viagra” mention must have flagged it. Oh the irony.

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      August 19, 2011
  4. Kim #

    Those are painful, but your responses are hilarious. I never got any spam on my blog, but on a post about the damage in Houston from Hurricane Ike (and how my family was without electricity for almost 4 days and bought a generator) a commenter asked why we didn’t just rent a generator instead of buying one. Uh…because when 2.2 million people are without power for 4 days, generators tend to be in short supply?

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    August 18, 2011
    • No spam? You’re lucky. And smart move with the generator!

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      August 18, 2011
  5. Scott Chaney #

    #3 is my fave Robert. This whole post it am funny!

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    August 18, 2011
  6. Hahaha The last one was really funny

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    August 18, 2011
  7. I sometimes reply to these multi-million dollar scam e-mails, just for the fun of it: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/this-scammer-watched-three-kings-too-often/

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    August 19, 2011
    • That was funny. That guy didn’t really write like someone named “Dale King.” How stupid do these scammers think we are?

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      August 19, 2011
    • Dude, I got a similar one but it was from a Sgt. Scott Adams (Dilbert anyone?), supposidly in the Army. I replied to the first brief email too and got the response that was so obviously spam, it was painful.

      Thanks, all. Needed the laugh today!

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      August 22, 2011
  8. ‘Magnificent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just too excellent. I really like what you have acquired here, certainly like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it sensible. I can’t wait to read much more from you. This is actually a terrific website.’

    Somehow I’ve changed sex, and have ‘acquired’ a blog. I’m also not too sure what my ‘goods’ are …

    Spam filters are funny.

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    September 8, 2011
  9. Wohh just what I was looking for, appreciate it for putting up. Be nice to everybody on your way towards the top simply because you pass them all on the way down. by Fred Hufnagel, Sr..

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    September 10, 2011
  10. Well i let people comment on my blogs and they can add a links as long as the comments are value. So no duplicate things like hi nice post …

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    February 23, 2012
  11. elijahisflying #

    I get links to spam websites that “relate to my content”… but not really.
    Nothing interesting.

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    July 2, 2013
  12. My Dad was selling his boat not long ago (yeah, if you’ve read any of my blog THAT one!) and he got two different ‘spammers’ trying to make false bids for it in the time-honoured ‘419 Scam’ manner (see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigerian_scam )

    So Dad, liking a bit of ‘sport’, pretended to the first one and posed as a broker for the boat sale (allegedly working for my Dad) and emailed back the second one in that guise and then emailed the other whilst pretending to be the first false bidder dude, and back and forth arranging meetings etc.

    This went on for a few weeks before my Dad just got really bored with the whole thing and moved on (and of course sold the boat quite legitimately).

    And yes he did invest quite some time/effort in this but he had that luxury before I was born; all in the past now.

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    July 2, 2013

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