Friday, October 14, 2005

Why I Need Viagra

I occasionally wonder about that hated spam I get. For example, I have several e-mail accounts—one for my blog, one for E-Bay, one for fantasy football, one for work, etc. On one of these e-mail accounts, I regularly receive e-mails from strange-looking addresses, like rlette@wanadoo.fr. There is a one-word greeting like “Hello” or “Important”, and an attachment. The e-mails are always the same size, 31K. I’ve never opened the attachment because I know NEVER to open an attachment from someone you don’t know. I have been tempted, however. Curious.

All the usual pfishing scams show up in my e-mail eventually. For example, my Pen Pan account needs to be updated (I don’t have one). Somebody in Nigeria needs a helpful fellow here in the states to allow them to deposit beau coup bucks in his or her account. I won a bunch of money in an overseas lottery. The most voluminous are the endless pitches for pharmaceuticals, including the Viagra class of drugs.

There have been occasional spammers on my blog but lately I noticed a new twist. The spammers seem to be SEARCHING particular blogs to target their spam comment messages. I blogged months ago about a “surefire sleep aid.” Then last week I received a couple comments there asking me to visit a site on sleep aids. I had a similar experience with my “scrapbooking for men” blog.

So are spammers Google-searching now to find a particular blog? That way they can pitch a specific product they think I or someone else might actually be interested in? Well, I’m curious. Hence, the title of my blog. It’s an experiment. I’m pfishing for spammers. Sorry if the title teased that this might be something more salacious. I don’t do those kinds of blogs.

This may be a mistake. My wife, who proofreads all my blogs, says, “You’re asking for trouble.” Maybe. But I’m male, and my species can be stubborn and stupid at times. As Jimmy Stewart once said in a movie, “If we don't try, we don't do. And if we don't do, what are we on this Earth for?”

Guess that doesn’t make much sense here. But I’m going to do it anyway.

P.S. Word Whiz tagged me to track down the 5th sentence of my 23rd post. I really hadn’t thought I had written that many blogs. But the blog was about Peanut, my in-law’s gregarious, ball-playing mutt who loves to crash through our patio screen door head first. The particular sentence read, “No need to open the door. I just let myself in," I can imagine him saying.

26 Comments:

Blogger Pirate said...

Keep stirring the pot brother. I am drafting right behind you on your objective.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Bernadette said...

I wrongly assumed that you needed something to get you up for Saturday's MSU vs OSU game! Go SPARTANS!!

1:42 PM  
Blogger Trucker Bob said...

You're too late on the money from Nigeria, I've got it coming. NOT!

Amazing they keep trying that one.

Enjoy your week-end bud.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

I ended up putting word verification on my blog just to get rid of spam. I hate it when it comes in the email. I just sit there and delete - delete - delete before I open any of the ones that I know....

4:44 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Word verification works because the spam is all computer generated, and believe it or not that smart-ass thing you stare at can't read or think.

5:27 PM  
Blogger WordWhiz said...

Listen...I send you one little email and your next post is about SPAM?? Well EXCUSE me!!

SPAMMERS are why I use that incredibly annoying word verification thingy now.

I knew you'd posted at least 23 times!! Thanks for playing!

8:01 PM  
Blogger poopie said...

Ain't it amazing? I'm getting about equal numbers of Viagra and Rolex spam right now ;)

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Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

Here's another plastic worm for your phishing expedition:

"The porn blows at midnight."

7:36 AM  
Blogger WordWhiz said...

Dave...I was KIDDDING, KIDDING, KIDDING!! I didn't really think you were referring to my email as SPAM! Just trying to tease you!!

You're one of my favorite people. If I'm not saying something POSITIVE about you, then it's safe to assume that I'm only KIDDING!!
:-)

8:02 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

LUCY AND PETER--I'm trying to hold off on that word verification because I've had some problems deciphering the words myself. Maybe I need new reading glasses.

BONNIE--So "getting up" for the Spartans means . . . . ? Wow, now I see why you're so passionate about being an MSU cheerleader. Eleven seasons of Spartan football, eh.

HOSS--Dang you, Hoss. You've been using too many naugty words again and the censoring filter at the library won't let me view your blog (your's is the only one among the bunch here). You need to become a little more pure of mind, like Trucker Bob.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous vicki said...

Bonnie! Dont you love the way she sneaks around leaving little word play bombs in the comments department while keeping Belle pristine? That's an art form!
I agree with you wife- you just asked for trouble.
Hey! Do you mean I am not the sole remaining relative of the recently run over Nefuti Bogdowanna? Darn!

I assume you're watching this game...

2:41 PM  
Blogger Nankin said...

Dave, I even get this stuff on my work e-mail. Some even look like they came from me. If I was a male, I'd be eternally ready.

And yes, you are asking for trouble.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Bernadette said...

Belle is pristine and was never a cheerleader. She was productively busy playing the cello in the MSU Symphony, though she does appreciate a good cellist joke occasionally.

P.S. Send bail money!

5:57 PM  
Blogger schnoodlepooh said...

I'm with you on the blog experiements. I do the same thing. It's fun to find out how the spammers work. I would like to find a way to return the spam back to them. Good luck! Let us know how it turns out.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Gypsybobocowgirl said...

Dave--I can get you a deal on a dryland farm in West Texas.

Does that count as spam?

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