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A spam revolution [Mar. 4th, 2017|09:38 am]
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This year has brought me something new in the way of spam. Where once the 'sender's name' tended to be garbled, implausible or just plain alphabet soup, I am now receiving a lot of spam which claims to have been sent by people with perfectly normal names. For the record, this is all on one of my mail accounts, and mostly - though not invariably - promoting loyalty bonuses at US shops (despite the account in question being a .co.uk).

This morning's example came from Daniel Webster.
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[User Picture]From: cmcmck
2017-03-04 02:24 pm (UTC)
I'm getting a lot purporting to be offers from various companies atm.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2017-03-04 06:52 pm (UTC)
It comes in waves, doesn't it?
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[User Picture]From: cmcmck
2017-03-04 08:12 pm (UTC)
Certainly seems to

At least Moses Umfabalolo and his mates appear to have vanished for the nonce! :o)
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2017-03-04 09:43 pm (UTC)
This morning's example came from Daniel Webster.

Oh, dear. You're supposed to tell him that the Union stands as ever she stood, rock-bottomed and copper-sheathed, one nation indivisible, but I'm not sure we're doing so hot on that front.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2017-03-06 10:23 am (UTC)
See, if he'd only chosen to spam someone with a .com or .us address, he'd've stood a much better chance of hearing that!
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[User Picture]From: cellio
2017-03-06 01:03 am (UTC)
I've been getting spam with names that sound real for some time, and I've seen my own name show up as a sender on spam (though with a bogus sender address), so I assume they're harvesting everything they can and mixing and matching.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2017-03-06 10:22 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, spam that purports to come from me is an old - well, I wouldn't call it a friend!
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