Monday, November 10 2003

When spammers get desperate

This is the only spam to make it past my filters in the past 24 hours. Needless to say, the message didn’t get through. Even if they hadn’t screwed up the subject line, its spam-nature was still obvious to the human eye. For more fun, their clever attempt to evade the common “html-only messages are spam” filters backfired with OS X Mail; it displayed the raw HTML, which was unreadable due to their other filter-evading strategies.

It’s pure poetry. They’re trying so hard to hide their message from filters that they’ve ended up hiding it from the people they’re trying to reach. Incidents like this are why I’m becoming more optimistic about the future of email.

From qetwilhr@canada.com Mon Nov 10 12:47:37 2003
Message-ID: <VTHLFESXCDKGKKZREROCKYZT@canada.com>
From: "Vernon" <qetwilhr@canada.com>
Reply-To: "Arturo Vernon" <qetwilhr@canada.com>
To: _____@jgreely.com
Subject: Re: %RND_UC_CHAR[2-8], small neighbour that
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