Tag Archive: internet spam

Spam Email from the Future!

Last month, during a routine e-mail check, I saw I had a message from a “Captain James T. Kirk.” Now, being a bit of a geek, I immediately thought of Star Trek, which is  the main reason I didn’t delete it immediately, to share with my husband.  We had a good laugh over my e-mail from the 23rd century.  I suppose a real life person could have the same name, but you’d think he would have been teased too much about his fictional counterpart to want to use his full name plus middle initial in this way.

Of course, the real message of the e-mail had nothing to do with Star Trek.  It turned out to be a standard spam/scam e-mail, along the lines of the old “Nigerian” prince scams, but it tried to give itself a kind of validity by  claiming to be from a US Army captain in Afghanistan, who wished to send me $10,500,000.  All he needed were my bank account details and personal phone number  😯 Now, being an Army wife, I do know a lot of servicemen who have served there, so many of the details of the sender’s “service” sounded particularly bogus.  For one thing,  the “captain” claimed he was using his “official” e-mail:  a G-mail account.  Soldiers have Army e-mail accounts that have nothing to do with Google.

Adding a final note of absurdity of the whole thing was the closing line, asking me not to respond to the official e-mail address, but to his “private” e-mail, instead — which just happened to be completely identical to his so-called official one.

Sounds to me like this particular spammer is just a little bit confused… 😉


Insulting Spam? Really?

In my day job, I run a website that contains a blog:  mostly new product updates, media features, things like that.  Not really interesting reading, I’ll be the first to admit.  But I must admit I was taken aback at first when the site started receiving messages like this(I copied and pasted it from the original, so all bad grammar and missing punctuation is the responsibility of the original poster):   When Someone said your blog post, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me just as much as this one. What i’m saying is, It was my choice to read, however i actually thought youd have something interesting to state. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix in the event you werent too busy looking for attention.

Huh? First, I’m not sure how a post about a new product design that is about to be added to the website  is whining.  Second, do they really think repeating  the same message, almost word for word, from different user names, will really make whatever point they’re trying to make? I know a lot of these “spam” posters are just posting to blogs to try to build up “back-links” to their own sites, but they can’t really expect people to allow these kinds of comments through.  Can they?

Looks like the wild and wacky world of internet spam has just gotten a little wackier.