Monday, December 04, 2006

I’m Sir Spammed-a-lot


Dirty. Spamming. Bastards.

I cannot believe the amount of spam I'm getting of late. What does spam mean, anyway? I'm sure there's a good definition on Wikipedia, but I'd like to make it an acronym for Stupid Pointless Annoying Mail. That's certainly what it is.

These past few days I've been getting so much, as you can see from the screen grab above. The thing is, though, I have five mail accounts, and it's only the ones that have some sort of online presence that are getting spammed: my blog one, and my work one. Look at the subject lines: "Where did you get so small prick?" is my favourite. Thanks for that, Jennifer Robidoux.

Most of the spam mails to my work address are bouncebacks. It seems my company's domain name has been hijacked for the purposes of sending spam. Great. I don't even know how to stop that.

I know there are some techie experts out there, so if you have any cheap spam-reducing methods that are worth investigating, I'd be only too happy to hear. Thanks.


Blogger martinobhoy said...

What about the one from Geoffrey - Pharmacy at your service Christ.

Are you the Messiah?

04 December, 2006 20:09  
Blogger Karen said...

My favourite was the Moldy Clergywoman.

04 December, 2006 20:23  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

haha... sadly, i have no advice. i hate spam, too (both e-mail and man-made-meat-like-substance)

and i think the two mentioned above are hilarious... but the one that caught my eye is "horrendous sniffles" from your letter carrier... is that your mail man letting you know he's not feeling so well?


04 December, 2006 22:46  
Blogger Tired Dad said...

Change your email account. It is the only way. Do not invest in a spam filter, for they are whimsical:

'No,' I say to the concerned customer. 'I've checked your settings. Somewhat ironically, your spam filter is actually blocking your husband's email address. That's why you haven't heard from him in a week. Although I too would be suspicious if my partner had to go to a business trip to an area of Bangkok that has no landline or mobile coverage, I can see that he has made every effort to contact you. In fact, the subject of his last message was "Why no reply? Is there someone else?" so I think you're both in the clear.'

She was very grateful, if a bit embarassed. But still got loads of spam.

I advised her to change her email address.

05 December, 2006 00:02  
Blogger mister anchovy said...

Wow, you're really getting nailed. Quite a while ago, I put a tagboard on my blog, and immediately got bombed with comment spam.....I thought it might be a coincidence but I tried a test and removed the code from the tagboard, and lo and behold the comment spam stopped. I get quite a few on my email accounts, but not like the spectacular list you can boast of.

05 December, 2006 05:15  
Blogger apositivepessimist said...

Your acronym fits nicely.

05 December, 2006 05:53  
Anonymous cappy said...

you see i can't figure this, and i know it is tempting fate, but i have never had word veri on my blog, and that hasn't had any, and i tend not to get so many at my (plentiful) e-mail addresses.
just re-checked to see if any were from me!

05 December, 2006 07:27  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Martino: I think you know the correct response to that question...

Karen: That's the great thing abut my spammers: There's something for everyone.

Martha: Yeah, I liked Horrendous Sniffles, too. Very interesting. Needless to say I didn't open it. But I sometimes do, and they're usually something to do with the stock market.

05 December, 2006 09:28  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Tired Dad: I kind of suspected that changing my e-mail address was the best option. It's a drag, though, since I've got so many legitimate mails coming to both my spammed addresses. Bollocks. Thanks.

Mr A: I am getting nailed, aren't I? Oohhhh, why me? I can understand the blog one, I guess. It all started when I signed up with some online dating agency simply to take some stupid test, like which romantic movie star are you most like. Bastards.

APP: I thank you.

Cappy: Yeah, I think it's nothing to do with word veri. All that dos is prevent automated spam comments in your comment box, rather than spam e-mail, I think. Wankers, the lot of them.

05 December, 2006 09:31  
Blogger Tanya said...

Oooh! I know why spam is called spam!! It's named after the Monty Python Spam Sketch!

Sadly, I do not have a solution to your problem with it, though. *sigh*

05 December, 2006 09:37  
Blogger Suze said...

Asterisk, do you not have a spam filter as part of your anti virus protection?

If not you may want to take a look at McAfee Security Centre.

It drives me nuts and there is even more coming through to our personal and site email. "Special Offers" for Christmas...Well goody, goody!

05 December, 2006 09:37  
Blogger codazzo said...

hey try spam sieve apparently it works very well (Apple's junk filtering algorithm is a bit lame.. gmail's is much better)

05 December, 2006 11:00  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Tanya: Yes, i didn't know that, but it's true. Thanks.

Suze: Mac Mail's anti-spamming thingamy is a bit crap, as Codazzo says below. I've got other security stuff in place, of course, but fortunately Macs are not as susceptible to viruses as PCs.

Codazzo: Thanks for the link. That looks like a possible solution.

05 December, 2006 14:30  
Blogger wrinkled weasel said...

You see, you guys call it spam. They are just trying to be helpful. I mean, my penis is not only very large, it stays up all day - all thanks to spam.

Now I have to go. A Nigerian gentleman needs my help in transferring a lot of money.

05 December, 2006 22:16  

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