Thursday, June 01, 2006


Everyday, I get bombarded with spam. Just last week, in some kind of coordinated attack, I received well over 50 spam e-mails in a 12 minute period. My carrier, T-mobile, is clearly unable to come up with any spam filter that is even remotely effective, and so the spam wave continues, alas, unabated. Since my mind is ridiculously overactive, I have subconsciously been studying the types and varieties of spam and have come up with several conclusions:

  • People, incredibly, click on the links provided in these bizarre, anonymous missives - it is the only logical explanation for their rapid (and seemingly unstoppable) proliferation
  • The spam is clearly created by people(or computers) who do not speak English
  • There is a shocking amount of erectile dysfunction, also known as "limp dick"

How else do you explain the following e-mail I received moments ago as I was typing this post:

"From:Rufina Reyna

Hi, A M B \ E NC \ A L i S S O M &V A L \ U M L E V \ T R AP R O Z & CV \ A G R A X & N A XM E R \ D i A "

This is followed by a link to something called, which is probably the internet equivalent of the Ninth Circle of Hell, a website of pestilential virii and unfathomable evil.Then, like some kind of surreal, Dadaist coda, appended to the end of the message was the following gibberish:

"to bear. With my friends behind them and winter upon them, they will perhaps be in softer mood to parley with. That night Bilbo made up his mind. The sky was black and moonless. As soon as it was full dark, he went to a corner of an inner chamber just within the gate and drew from his bundle a rope, and also the Arkenstone wrapped in a rag. Then he climbed to the top of the wall. Only Bombur"

Yep, it's a snippet from The Hobbit. Why is it attached to an ad for pharmaceuticals? Dunno... why do I get e-mails from people named Garza Stephens, Olena Carruthers, Minnie Felix and Juan Call? Why do I receive endless offers for Rolexes, tips on penny stocks, or discounts on some fat- fighting drug featured on Oprah called Hoodia?

Because, as P.T.Barnum once opined, "There's a sucker born every minute."And so they spam on, ads against the current, borne back ceaselessly into my trash.


Blogger J.D. said...

Welcome to the club, Zach! I get the messages like you describe EVERY SINGLE DAY. I've got Earthlink though, and it blocks every spam message, which goes to a seperate folder, which I then delete without opening. The only senders who come in my Inbox are in my address book-- if someone I know does try to contact me,and they are not in my address book, they get a special note from Earthlink on how to contact me and get in my allow list. It is a pain sometimes, but hey, what can you do--- these people have absolutely no lives, they get off on this. So you are not alone--- and I seriously doubt that Stripe is sending you on this junk (lol!). Take care.

June 01, 2006 11:08 PM  
Blogger JP Cupertino said...

I personally use gmail for all my email purposes (google mail) and it is fantastic for blocking spam!

Though my old yahoo email has really terrible filters, lately I have seen a striking amount of SPERMAMAX ads. I have to say that is the most entertaining name I have heard in a loong time.

June 02, 2006 1:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog has lost its edge.

June 09, 2006 2:15 PM  
Anonymous DorkSpace Girl said...

And you know what really burns me?

The fact that I get less spam on Sundays...

These bastards take a day off!!


July 02, 2006 10:48 PM  

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