We know that spammers cobble up chunks of text by skimming various sources, such as religious tracts, but a reader has discovered that they also pull random text from newspapers. My name has appeared in spam!
That’s from a Star Tribune article that quoted me—now I’m wondering what the spammer was trying to sell under my name.
As long as it wasn’t a bible, or other noxious materials, I think you’re okay.
I’ve been getting weird religio spam at work–and I don’t give out my work e-mail–containing parts of bible verses. Every day, it’s something like, “And then, Joshua spake thusly” in the subject line, and “to the harlots and jezebels, blah” in the body. The sentence is never completed (not that I’m seething with curiosity to see how it turns out).
Scott Hatfield says
now I’m wondering what the spammer was trying to sell under my name.
Probably a dime stock. The pump-and-dump spam is the majority of the recent wave…
Ranger Jay says
I think they were trying to sell Viagra that ships in a Pez-like dispenser shaped like a squid.