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The tide of spam

December 20th, 2011 · Comments Off on The tide of spam · Life, Technology

I seem to be getting a lot less spam e-mail now and I am not sure exactly why. It sort of started when my PC packed up because ever since I set email up on the new one I have had hardly any spam. Ther is still a fair amount of junk mail but nearly […]

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Unfathomable spam

April 13th, 2011 · Comments Off on Unfathomable spam · Technology

A fine crop of spam caught in the comments queue today, which I really don’t understand.   With a lot of spam comments I can see what they are trying to acheive – trying to get a URL published somewhere so it counts as a link and improves a page’s raking on search engines usually,  but […]

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Tax refund scam

September 13th, 2010 · Comments Off on Tax refund scam · Life

The only surprise is that it took this long for me to start receiving emails like this: Dear Customers, Please Note: After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of ?170 Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 6-9 days […]

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Kicking myself

April 28th, 2010 · Comments Off on Kicking myself · Politics, Technology

When I get home from work each day and fetch the day’s stack of emails my normal routine is to go through them quickly and delete all the obvious spam and junk.  Then I go through the junk mail folder and extract any ‘real’ mails that have found their way in there. After that I […]

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Junk mail

April 18th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Technology

Like most people I get a lot of spam and junk mail and a lot of it gets trapped by filters on the mail server and in my mail client.  Just recently I have been getting a lot more ‘real’ emails than normal, relating to the elections.  What is surprising is how many of these […]

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Pointless, unproductive and fun

February 26th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Technology

If you saw a link on a website that pointed to http://5z8.info/cats-being-dropped-into-the-sea_p6d8l_hot-older-goats.mov I bet you would think twice before following it – and then decide not to.  If you received an email with a link to http://5z8.info/olive-loaf-penetration.gif_u0p8z_ninjastaroutlet it would probably get stopped by your mail filters and marked as spam or potential malware.  But you […]

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Plausible spam

November 19th, 2009 · Comments Off on Plausible spam · Life

I have been having a few comments here that turn up in the spam queue for my attention that have been extremely plausible.   Spam comments are normally very generic at their best, but more likely to be totally unrelated to the post they are on, and thus very easy to spot, but this new crop […]

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Nice try

February 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Technology

A couple of spam/phishing-related tales.  Amongst today’s haul of junk mail I received this, apparently from “BT Connect Customer Service <info0009@btconnect.com>”: Dear Esteemed Customers, Due to management problems, your btconnect email will have to be verified by our customer service department due to large amount of spam complains. Please verify your accounts by sending the […]

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Return To Sender

September 24th, 2008 · Comments Off on Return To Sender · Technology

In the last couple of days I have noticed a new trend with the bits of spam e-mail that get past all the various anti-spam defences: read receipts.  

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Spam trouble

February 4th, 2008 · Comments Off on Spam trouble · Technology

Everything has been suspiciously quiet lately.  I have not been getting many e-mails and I thought there were no comments here: I rarely look at the site itself but rely on e-mail notification that a new comment has been made, and I haven’t been getting many e-mails.

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