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Is anyone else noticing a huge surge of spam making it through Gmail's filters? I've been getting several spams a day, almost all of it for "Canadian pharmacies". I'm reporting it as it comes in, but it has been coming for several days now without any decrease.
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Okay, now the spam is getting ridiculous.

Here, look for yourself.

http://bobquasit.livejournal.com/422455.html

I'm going to lock down that post now.
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Somehow this amusing bit of spam managed to get through POPfile and into my old inbox:


On Thu, 13 Mar 2008 17:02:54 -0000 (GMT), "KILL"
<deadlykillers2001@gmail.com> wrote:

Attn,

I am very sorry for you, is a pity that this is how your life is going to end as soon as you don't comply. As you can see we are the members of the Deadly Networks in the world, which is responsible for the bombing of twin tower’s in America on Sept. 11th and the bombing of London transport services on July 7th (AL-QUAEDA NETWORKS), I don't have any business with you, my duty as I am mailing you now is just to KILL you and I have to do it as I have already been paid for that.

Someone whom you called your friend wants you dead by all means, and this person have spent a lot of money in this venture, This person came to us and told me that he wanted you dead and he provided us with your name, picture and other necessary information's we needed about you. So I sent my boys to track you down this including bugging of your phones with satellite tracking devices and they have carried out the necessary investigation we needed for the operation on you, and if you doubt this information am going to give you all the necessary information about you back to you in your next reply so that you can believe me, and my boys are really on you but I told them not to kill you that I will like to contact you and see if your life is important to you and the one of your family. I called my client back and ask him of your email address which I didn't tell him what I wanted to do with it and he gave it to me and I am using it to contact you now. As I am writing you this mail my men are monitoring you and they are telling me everything about you.

Now do you want to LIVE OR DIE? Since all program has be made and draw to kill you. Get back to me now if you are ready to pay some fees to spare your Life, $15,000 is all you need to spend in this process you will first of all Pay $8,000 and then I will send a tape to you which I recorded in every discussion I had with the person who wanted you dead and as soon as you get the Tape, You will pay the remaining balance of $7,000. If you are not ready for my help, then I will carry on with my job straight-up.

WARNING: DO NOT THINK OF CONTACTING THE POLICE OR EVEN TELLING ANYONE BECAUSE I WILL KNOW ,REMEMBER, SOMEONE WHO KNOWS YOU VERY WELL WANT YOU DEAD! I WILL EXTEND IT TO YOUR FAMILY, INCASE I NOTICE SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR TELLING THE SECURITY ABOUT IT BECAUSE A GOOD LOOK IS OUT YOU AT THE MOMENT. DO NOT COME OUT ONCE IT IS 7PM UNTIL I MAKE OUT TIME TO SEE YOU AND GIVE YOU THE TAPE OF ALL DISCUSSION WITH THE PERSON WHO WANT YOU DEAD THEN YOU CAN USE IT TO TAKE ANY LEGAL ACTION. GOOD LUCK AS I AWAIT YOUR REPLY



I crack up every time I read this one! I suppose I should forward it to law enforcement. If this sort of spam isn't illegal, nothing is. But it's SO funny! Incidentally, it was formatted really badly, so I fixed it up as a favor to the "Deadly Network". :D

300 spam

Mar. 31st, 2007 08:39 am
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In the last couple of days I've gotten two spams for the movie 300 that have been put in the comments of old entries. Has anyone else experienced that?

Spam

Jun. 29th, 2006 11:23 am
bobquasit: (Laszlo Late)
Here's an amusing bit of spam that wiggled its way through the Gmail filters:
Dear friend,
I found yoaur apicture on one of the websites, can we talk to
each other? I might be coming to your place in few weeks.
This woauld be a great opportunity ato meet each other.
Btw, I am a wboman. I am 25. Drop me a line at [deleted].

The funny thing? The sender is named "Douglas".

For some reason the thought of a woman named Douglas is extremely amusing to me.

Yeah. It's a slow day here. How's your day going?
bobquasit: (Reid - Wanna fight?)
This evening I was visited by three annoyances, in three different forms:

1. A letter from my Senator, "liberal" Republican Lincoln Chaffee. "Prepared, Printed, and Mailed at Taxpayer Expense", it helpfully reminded me. And what was the urgent message that required the Senator's use of his franking privilege and my taxpayer dollars? Why, to tell me what a great job the Senator was doing, of course! He's spearheading legislation to give control of Rhode Island's Fox Point Hurricane barrier to...the Army Corps of Engineers.

Wait a minute. Aren't those the guys who screwed up the levees in New Orleans? Why would Chaffee want to boast about a bone-headed move like that? I honestly wonder.

Hmm. The flunkies who designed the mailing (at my expense) threw some "how to prepare for a disaster" info on the back side, just to make the more dim-witted of his constituents think that the Senator actually gave a damn about their pitiful lives. How thoughtful.

Am I too cynical, do you think?

2. Shortly after I read that mailing, the phone rang. It was yet another pre-recorded sales pitch for the DISH network. I waited for the prompt, and hit "1".

She sounded bored.

"Satellite Sales (?). Are you interested in signing up for the DISH network?"

"No, I'm on the do-not-call list, and you people keep calling me-"

SLAM! Must have been a bad day for her - she hung up hard. I only wish that I'd strung her along long enough to get her phone number or the right spelling of the company name, so I could file a complaint. But perhaps they'll call again.

3. After dinner, I checked my email. What joy: spammers had once again decided to infest my site. In this case, it seemed to be Italian spammers, putting hundreds of messages promoting sex, drugs, and indecipherable crap in my site guestbook, as well as in some sections of The Chaos Project.

That situation had been getting worse and worse over the past couple of weeks. I'd tried blocking IPs and key words from their URLs, but they were coming up with new ones faster than I could block them. Finally a light bulb went off over my head, and I took away the field that allowed people to list their homepages. It's a pity, but what else can I do?

Just another evening in early-21st-century America...
bobquasit: (NewQuas)
Right now I'd really like to be a missing person.

I should just end it right there and start walking for the horizon, but I'm not that brave.

So back to business as usual, for now.

Here. Here's a kooky, wacky spam that somehow made it through the spam filters at work.


From: AGENT_NATHAN1919 C.I.A [cia_personalcontact004@hotmail.com]
Sent: Tue 2/21/2006 4:03 AM
Subject: YOU CAN WORK WITH US IF YOU WANT TO.

I WOULD LIKE TO SAY SORRY FOR TRESSPASS BUT FOR NOW,I THINK IT IS OF NATIONAL AND WORLD INTREST.NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE AND WHERE YOU ARE FROM,YOU HAVE THE OBLIGATION TO PROTECT YOUR SUROUNDINGS SO,IT IS IMPORTANT THAT I TOLD YOU.

I AM AGENT 1919 AND I WORK WITH THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY(C.I.A).UNDER A NEW POLICY OF PERSONAL CONTACT AND RECRUIT,WE ARE TO MEET PERSONS EITHER THROUGH PHONE,EMAIL CONTACT OR ONE ON ONE.YOU CONTACT IS VIA EMAIL,IT WILL BE NICE IF YOU REACH ME ON THIS MAIL cia_pcontact@hotmail.com


WE SHALL TALK MORE AND GET STARTED.BUT FOR NOW YOU MOST KEEP SECURITY TALKS VERY PERSONAL A YOU NEVER CAN TELL WHO IS NEST DOOR,WE SHALL BEGIN OUR TEST LESSONS AS SOON AS YOU TALK TO ME.

GOOD LUCK,
aGENT NATHAN.

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bobquasit: (Default)
My latest post on the Fuitadnet forums:
> moderator: I just want to know what did you do to get on so many spam lists in the first place?

1. I've been on the internet going back to the late 1980's, and was active on Usenet for all that time.

2. I included my email address in all my posts (remember, this was before spam existed).

3. My primary website has been up for almost nine years now. It has always included my email address.

4. Before that, I had ANOTHER website with my email address.

I can only guess that whenever spammers swap email address lists, my address is the first one on those lists. I can assure you that I've NEVER bought anything from a spammer. I've never even used a mail client which would allow spammers to know that their spam had even been read. And normally I have always deleted all spam unread, unless I am tricked by an ambiguous subject and Sent-by.

I don't know. I'd speculate that spammers are taking revenge for my Message to Spammers, but I only put that up a couple of years ago.

HEY! My account has been SUSPENDED again, and my site is DOWN!!

You guys are going to KILL my Google ranking.

GRRRR!!!!!!
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There's a chance that the Fuitadnet mods might delete this post, so I'm saving a backup copy here.
Just for the record, this problem has still not been resolved.

It has been ten days now.

This morning I had to manually delete 891 spams which had arrived since midnight.

If this goes on much longer I am going to lose my mind. Ever had to manually review 891 spam headers about sperm? It's no goddamned picnic, I can assure you.

My brain hurts.
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A copy of a post this evening from the Fuitadnet forums.

Subject: SpamAssassin again

After several months SpamAssassin went down again on my account this morning. 3,000+ spams per day are now spurting into my inbox.

I am...concerned.

So, I've been off the Fnet forums for a while. Is everything good here now? Did service improve dramatically, thanks to those new extra-qualified staffers?

Jeeze, that's strange. That sounds kind of sarcastic. I didn't mean it to come out that way. Time for me to get some sleep.

Between you and me, I've got to admit something: I did mean to sound sarcastic. Well, not initially, but somewhere in the middle I lost my patience. Could you tell?
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TWENTY-EIGHT spams yesterday alone in a defunct guestbook for Pete's RQ!

So I deleted it.
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The spammers have been relentlessly attacking the RuneQuest Wiki on my site. Non-stop. Day after day. Sometimes they deleted the legitimate entries, sometimes they just spewed their crap above or below the real entry.

Some of them wrote "if this bothers you just delete" and then instantly re-posted their shit when I deleted it. Others posted "Im Sorry" above their drug-and-sex site links for no sane reason. One threatened to delete my whole site.

So screw it. I backed everything up a while ago, and I've killed the wiki. I'll find a decent, secure alternative and use that from now on. It'll be up on the site ASAP.

Talk to me

Feb. 7th, 2005 02:29 pm
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Is there anybody out there?

Today marks the 60th day that SpamAssassin has been down on my account. Sixty days of
AD1PEX, XANAAX, TUSSI0NEEX, C1AL1IS, ...
Now Everyone can afford
New product! Cialis soft tabs.
Tadalafil Soft Tabs - Great results!
High volume bounce on this st0ck
Has your cum ever dribbled and you wish it ...
paid AD0BBE, APPLE, M1CR0SOFT, AL11AS, NER0...
Dnot spned 2 mcuh
Vioxx, Xanax & more.
Im happy with this Pa|n med1cat10n stuff
Is his wife in Pa!n treatment
Is my daughter in Pa1n
Br0,what abOut the Suffering
cash for all the satisfactions ferromagnet
. is your girlfriend fullfilled
FW : what women like the most
Med1cat10n is n0thing tO be hurting Of
Important Update - Rolex for $150 !! [ger...
guzman@maranci.net Your application has bee...
Roid rage for your little man
Pa1n is kiL|ing y0ur daughter
The best V'I,C*o^D-I_N with the best prices
Imagine being viriLe again
DARVON - Darvocet....Lowest prices. HUGE Se...
underground sex info
Meet hot girls for dinners
Reader's Digest : Don't you need romance
Skinny girl wants to meet someone
Re: Mature woman looking for a real man
Re: Real man looking for a woman
Re: Can you let me love you
Fat girl wants to meet another girl
begin spying now
¥v¤W³Ì±j¶W·|¸õ»Rªº­D¤l¶WÃz¯ºªº!!!
No Subject
Save on OEM Dis.counted OEM Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk ...


I have been forced into the spamosphere.

I can't take it. I can't take it.

I am losing my mind.

5,400 per day...and counting...
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Five days ago, SpamAssassin suddenly stopped working on my domain.

For those who don't know, SpamAssassin blocks spam at the server. That means that I don't have to download whatever it blocks.

POPfile, my local program, blocks spam too - from the remaining emails, all of which must be downloaded first.

I get about 5,400 spams per day - no, that's not a typo - and SpamAssassin has been blocking about 5,350 or more. It's probably blocking good email once in a while, but how could I search tens of thousands of spam in order to find one or two good ones?

I can't.

Anyway, SpamAssassin went down, mysteriously, for the second time in two months. The first time my host, Fuitadnet, was able to fix the problem in a day or two. No so this time.

INTERMISSION

Some quick math:

5,400 spams per day =
37,800 spams per week =
167,400 spams per month.

And of course it comes to just over two MILLION spams per year, but the rate will no doubt increase before the end of the year, throwing off all of my calculations.

Even with a broadband connection, it takes an hour or more to check my email. And by the time I'm done, anther two or three hundred are racked up on the server.
END INTERMISSION

Fuitadnet has been having problems. They announced some major new improvements in customer support. I was also told that their main tech was out sick, and would be back on Monday to fix everything.

At 7:30am Monday morning, the spam stopped.

All email stopped.

Everything, not just the spam.

You won't even get a bounce or fail message. Emails sent to me will softly and silently vanish away. And I don't know if those lost emails will ever come back.

I tried to open a support ticket with Fuitadnet, but ironically, their support page is also down. I eventually reached a tech in LiveChat, who assured me that a ticket had been opened and they were working on it. I was given the ticket number #HNT-48024-770.

If you must reach me in the meantime, write to pmaranci at yahoo dot com.

When I get the chance, I'll write about my Saturday with Sebastian. We went to the Children's Museum in Boston and had lots of fun.

And now, to bed.

Argh

Sep. 20th, 2004 08:57 am
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My RuneQuest website guestbook and Chaos Project are based on free services from Alxnet. For a long time they worked well. Spam came in sometimes, but it was killable.

Then recently some bastards who've been spamming my books off and on for the last couple of years attacked again. These guys are particularly obnoxious, because they put an entry in each of my books that totally hijacks them; go to my guestbook or any of the three Chaos Project books and you are instantly transferred to their porn site. I suspect their site also attempts to hijack the viewer's home page settings, etc.

Alxnet automatically emails a copy of every entry in any of my books to my main address. These include a way to delete that entry with a single click, without logging in. That's kind of convenient, although it would be nicer if there was a way to block spammers more effectively instead and save me the trouble of deleting all those spams.

So the porno spammers hit all four of my books recently. But Alxnet never sent me their entries for some reason. And when I tried to log into my Alxnet account directly, I wasn't able to; they're transitioning to a new system, requiring everyone to set up new accounts and move their old books over, so maybe that's the problem.

But I couldn't log in to my old accounts, and when I set up a new account and tried to move my books I wasn't able to - the account is "still being processed", and has been for the last four days.

I found a way around it; go to an old email for an entry that has already been deleted and click on the instant-delete link. That takes me directly to the administration page. But those pages are going to go away in a month anyway, along with ALL of my entries (thousands of them) if I can't get the new account to work.

I'm seriously considering grabbing ALL of the entries manually and setting up new books using the tools that my host, Fuitadnet, supplies. But it would be a lot of work, and I wouldn't be able to transfer my entries. I'd have to make some sort of archives, I guess.

What a pain in the ass!

Holy FONG!

Aug. 20th, 2004 12:24 pm
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98 spams in the last hour. That's exceptional, even for me. What the hell is going on?
bobquasit: (Default)
(This is a sketchy re-creation of my original post.)

Once again I have ventured unto the murky and dangerous waters of online lyrics sites, returning to bring warnings and a rare word of praise.

Roster of Shame
lyricsxp .com
songlyrics4u .com
lyricsdepot .com


All three of these sites weren't satisfied with trying to pop up multiple windows - no, they had to try to install some scumware for my browser, too. Avoid!

On the other hand, the next two sites didn't try to pull ANY fast moves; no sneakware, no popups, and I didn't even notice any excessive advertising. Plus the lyrics were nicely presented. Kudos!
DrL Lyrics
Lyricz

Telespam

Jun. 15th, 2004 01:06 pm
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We signed up for the national do-not-call list early. Now we're receiving quite a few calls from solicitors, almost all of them refinancing companies. The Lending Company (if that's its real name) is one of the worst offenders. They call, sometimes several times a day, to let us know that we're "won" a free analysis of remortgaging our house.

I've started getting out-and-out rude out of sheer desperation. One woman was really awful; I told her that we weren't interested in refinancing and were on the national do-not-call list.

Woman: "What interest rate are you paying?"
Me: "I am NOT going to discuss that over the phone, and certainly not with you!"
Woman: "Just tell me, is it under seven percent?"
Me: "That's none of your business. Put us on your Do Not Call list now."
Woman: "But you-"
Me: "CLICK!"

They still keep calling, although I don't know if it's the same people. We've "won" prizes. Our application has been approved (but we didn't MAKE any application, of course). This is not a business call, we're just doing a survey - what interest rate are you paying on your mortgage?. Etc. etc. etc.
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Back in March when I moved everything to Fuitadnet, I activated SpamAssassin and a spam box.

Today I remembered that I'd done that and took a look, for the first time, at my spam box.

Since March I received over 29,656 spams.

That is all.

McAfee MIA

Oct. 27th, 2003 04:29 pm
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My troubles with McAfee's SpamKiller began no later than September 26th, and actually probably closer to September 20th. Today is October 27th. The problem is still not solved. McAfee has still not written back; I guess they haven't been able to find an expert on SpamKiller.

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