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January 20, 2006

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Spammed

Mary Beth Crain on January 21, 2006 11:47 PM EST writes:
Illiteracy vs. Fiendish Cleverness

Paul: Thanks for your observation. It was one John Spalding pointed out to me as well before we ran the piece. But I decided to run it as is because so much of the spam I receive is downright illiterate and has nothing to do with purposeful mangling of keywords that might be detected on spam blocking software. All sorts of "innocent" words--"recieve" instead of "receive," "withen" instead of "within," "effordable" instead of "affordable", all of which were highlighted in my article--are cases in point.

Glad spam has helped your writer's block, tho. Hey, anything that works!

Mary Beth Crain
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Paul Lagasse on January 21, 2006 10:44 AM EST writes:
Spam

I feel your pain, as they say. But I feel compelled to point out that typos in spam aren't an indication of illiteracy. Maybe the opposite.

Deliberate typos (character substitutions and transpositions) obscure keywords that trigger spam-blocking software, while still leaving the word recognizable and readable (e.g., pen1s, eretcion)

Illiterate? Sadly, no. Fiendishly clever.

On the other hand, spam has been useful for breaking my writer's block -- take two subject lines and make a story out of them. Invent a life story for Henrietta Q. Deposed.

Cheers,
Paul
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Bobby Rich on January 20, 2006 03:45 PM EST writes:
Spam

You never know. Not long ago I got an "utterly confidential" email from a Nigerian government official who needed an overseas partner to whom he could transfer the more than $21 million he "acquired" through bogus military contracts but could not access himself. At the time, I was living in a van and drinking beer all day, and I needed to start making some smart choices. So I thought about it for a second and said, "Hell, yes!"

I gave the Nigerian my bank and social security #s, etc, and within days my balance went from $11.16 to $21,320,000.00. I sent the man his share and kept my generous cut. Then I bought a 200-acre ranch and a fleet of brand new monster trucks. I use my old van for target practice.

My adivce? Be cautious when it comes to spam. But at the same time, don't miss out on all of the free fortunes total strangers are handing out over the Internet these days. Especially corrupt Nigerian civil servants who ask for nothing more than your most important personal info.
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