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March 23, 2005

The Scent of a Stupid Spammer

I show a few examples in Spam Wars where Rule #3 stupid spammers send out who knows how many millions of messages without using their software correctly. Among the telltale signs in the source code of HTML messages are the placeholders where their software is supposed to merge in text from fixed lists of words or phrases—sometimes just random numbers.

In one spam du jour for an online BA, MA, or PhD degree without no stinkin' "books, courses, tests or studying" I had to laugh when the operative URL behind the clickable link was specified as follows:


It's great that this mailing went out without a workable link. The spammer self-induced my ZERO RESPONSE plan.

Posted on March 23, 2005 at 08:12 PM