The Eternal War of Spam marches on. When the Myspace tech people added some new measures to prevent Spam, I noticed a huge drop in the crap coming into my inbox. But, as in all wars, the arms race has continued. The evil spammers have found a way to get around these measures and the spam has returned. I have notcied a new tactic in the Myspace spam-the spammer poses as a hot chick and writes an email as if s/he knows the recipient. For example:
“Hey, what’s up? you look sooo familiar! I believe we got drunk together in a party last week. Are you the guy that took Jessica home? Jessica told me she had a wonderful time with you!
Anyway Jessica is becoming more and more sexy. Here’s the link to Jessica’s private pictures, PLEASE do not give this out to anyone this is for you ONLY!”
It is a somewhat clever approach in that most Myspace users probably have been rather drunk and at a party in the last week. Also, it does take the classic approach of trying to make the recipient feel special. It is the same tactic that salespeople have been using for years (“I wouldn’t sell the car at this price to anyone else…but for you I’ll knock $500 right off the top”). Also, the promise of naked pictures probably is quite a lure to some people.
Spam tells us a great deal about the world. I’d like a better world, please. 🙂