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October 03, 2005

Scary and amazing trackback spam texts

I sure hope someone out there is doing a study on the text of trackback spam.  I've read them compared to poetry of sorts, which I can buy...especially those random words things which are pretty cool, if you completely overlook the fact that they are still spam.

Well I get my share, as though any of us want a share, of "You may find it interesting to check out..." and "You are invited to visit some helpful info about..." trackback spam but today my junk folder contained the following two somewhat frightening texts.

Unless you become as little Children, you can't see online casinos. All you need is faith and trust... and a little bit of < hyperlink removed >online casinos.

Christian gambling spam? I knew it, I knew it all along. Replacing "god" with "online casinos" hummm usually it works in the reverse doesn't it?

We encourage you to have your son come to spend a day at blackjack game. These visitation days are set up during the < hyperlink removed >blackjack game to give your son a view of a regular school day.

Ok so you shouldn't actually send your sons to school, rather send them to an online blackjack game that somehow resembles school enough that it will give him a "view of a regular school day." Man school must have changed a lot since I was a teen if it now can be simulated during a blackjack game.

I gather that the point of both of these messages is to bypass some filtering.  It clearly looks as though proper texts have been augmented with the spam hyperlink.  The first is a corruption of the a verse from the New Testament of the Christian Bible.  The second looks like part of a letter or email inviting perspective students to visit a school.  Those wily spammers....

Posted by prolurkr at October 3, 2005 09:18 AM

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