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June 21, 2005

The Randomizer Ate My Homework

I've been tracking (and quickly forwarding to the FTC's refrigerator at spam@uce.gov) mortgage spam. There have been tons recently using the same Subject: line ploy of surrounding my name with a randomized word on each end. They're so easy to pick out from a list of subjects, that it's laughable.

Even more laughable is when the randomizer selects words that would probably insult the recipient. Not everyone in the spam run gets the same random words, so I can't jump up and down with glee in the belief that the run will insult every recipient.

But that makes me wonder what a less suspicious recipient would think about the following forumla, which I saw today:

imbecile [recipient's name] oboist

I wouldn't mind being called an oboist, but I don't know too many people who would take kindly to being called an imbecile. You'd think the spammer would use a more friendly word list. To the spammer I say: "I'm rubber and you're glue; what bounces of me sticks on you!" Phhhbbbtt!

Just trying to come down to the spammer's age level.

Posted on June 21, 2005 at 11:50 PM