Spammers’ bad poetry

By Steve Outing

Why would someone send this spam message?…

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Perhaps someone can explain spammers’ logic on stuff like this. The only thing I can guess is that it’s a way to determine which addresses in a list are good (and don’t bounce back).

Not that most people who possess a normal ethical compass can understand spammers’ way of thinking, but I’ve always been curious about oddball stuff like this that slips past my spam filters and into my in-box. What’s the deal?

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!

2 Responses to "Spammers’ bad poetry"

  1. Steve Yelvington
    Steve Yelvington 11 years ago .Reply

    Generally that stuff is generated by a script that pulls random pieces of text from a random bunch of documents. The point is to make the resulting piece of spam “unique.” This gets around collaborative spam filters that create and share checksums of known spam. Razor and DCC are projects using this approach.

    If such an item shows up without a payload (which might be a virus, an HTML document, etc.), then it may be an attempt to verify that your address at least doesn’t bounce.

  2. Derek Scruggs
    Derek Scruggs 11 years ago .Reply

    It was a mistake. Spammer’s don’t verify addresses. It’s not worth the trouble. They don’t have to deal with bounces because they use bogus return paths.

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