Ironic anti-spam site

(via Andrea Matwyshyn and Lilian Edwards). This is quite an ironic problem for an anti-spam site. The Anti-Spam Research Group (ASRG) of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) used to have a wiki, until it had to be shut down due to continuous abuse by spammers. Yes, wikis are well-known Read more…

Bullseye Consultants?

This is another variant of the Nigerian scam phishing letter that has arrived to my Inbox. It is more sophisticated than your average scam letter, and they have fixed some problems that it had earlier. Bullseye Consultants:Private Investigators and Security Consultants isconducting a standard process investigation on behalf of Halifax Read more…

The plot thickens

You may recall the letter from BELETS Consultants. I replied, and received another one that shows this to be a more complex 419 scam, perhaps the most complex 419 that I have seen before. The scam is actually rather elegant. They first send an email making enquiries about a possible Read more…

Spam wants to regain their name

Hormel, the makers of the original SPAM, want to make sure that their name is still remembered as the original salty and meaty ham thingie (what is SPAM anyway?). They are about the start a new campaign to emphasise that you can actually eat the thing, and that it is Read more…

Spammer trial begins

Three people are being charged in Virginia for breaking the state’s anti-spam legislation. They could get up to fifteen years sentence if convicted. We don’t like spammers, but 15 years? Seems a bit excessive! And no Monty Python jokes please.