Saturday, November 05, 2005

The Viagra Spam Report

Before the Halloween season, I engaged in a little phishing expedition for spammers (Why I Need Viagra). I have some results to share.

First, I should bow to Wendy, my wife and chief blog proofreader. She warned, "You're asking for trouble" after reading my Viagra blog. She was correct. I should have listened to her. In fact, I'm sure this country would be a better place if men, including President George Bush, heeded more the advice of women. (That should get me back in her good graces).

Interestingly, the first comment spam I received on that blog had nothing to do with Viagra or sex or anything x-rated. It was a spammer pitching Christmas music for the cello. Why did I get it? My guess is that a previous comment contained the word "cellist." So comments appear to be scanned too by spammers using search engines to find popular websites for their spam, whether it's travel discounts, gambling, investment strategies or music downloads. Always somebody trying to make money here.

On my Viagra blog, I did get a spammer pitching Viagra, which confirmed my suspicions that spammers target-search blogs like the one I posted. Another spammer offered a more mechanical male enhancement approach to my problem in another comment. Won't go into details but I left the comment there for now. Then there was another comment spammer who goes by the name "Enlargement." Although I was sure he wanted to pitch a Viagra-type solution to me, ironically he was selling scrapbooking supplies. Wrong blog, fella. My blog Scrapbooking for Men was probably where he wanted to advertise.

I received several comments with links to pornography sites. This was a completely unforeseen consequence of my blog. I’ve no interest in sponsoring links to sites containing obscenity, nudes or anything voyeuristic. These comments I deleted, though there still may be one out there I can't find. I get e-mails through Yahoo telling me who commented and what they said, but it doesn't tell me where they said it.

So now I'm getting spammed regularly and often. My wife can say, "I told you so." What to do now? I could eliminate anonymous comments, but I've been told I have relatives that post here anonymously. I don't know who they are, nor what they've posted, but I guess I should be polite and let them post.

One thing I will do for sure here on Big Daves’ Blog, especially with the holiday shopping season coming up. Stop phishing for spam;)

13 Comments:

Blogger Peter said...

I wouldn't like to be thought of the leader of the I told you so gang.... BUT.
Now they have you firmly in their sights Dave I think Word Verification offers the only real solution.

1:58 AM  
Blogger Tracey said...

Word Verification works as well as switching your commenting to Haloscan. (only problem with that is you loose all previous comments when you switch.)

4:12 AM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

I wonder why I don't get any spam. I use all the popular words, like "a", "and" and "the." Seems maybe the spammers know I don't have any money.

7:49 AM  
Blogger schnoodlepooh said...

Word verification is a pain, but it does keep the spammers out. You're too funny! I guess your experiment was a success - right?!!

9:09 AM  
Blogger Bernadette said...

So, what Christmas cello music did you end up buying? I'm thinking of purchasing the SPARTAN fight song arranged for solo cello. I shall interpret it with deep sadness and pathos.

Send bail money!!

9:50 AM  
Blogger Tracey said...

I'm thinking of purchasing the SPARTAN fight song arranged for solo cello. I shall interpret it with deep sadness and pathos.

Would that be Michigan State? My husband graduated from UofM and his oldest brother MSU. It's usually quite a battle of wit and will with those two!

2:02 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

You're already halfway there Dave, you need to de-cypher word verification on half the blogs you comment on I would guess.
It's a perverse idea to use the wierd font which is what makes it difficult, computers can't read simple fonts EITHER, why complicate our lives.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

computers can't read simple fonts EITHER, why complicate our lives.

Because they can?

6:13 AM  
Blogger Gypsybobocowgirl said...

You've invited them back with the mention of Viagra. By the way, I was interviewing pharmacists in Tijuana this weekend and they verified my suspicion that Viagra was the most requested drug.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

FOR TRACEY/PETER--Yeah, it's probably time I turned on my word verification.

FOR GYPSYBOBOCOWGIRL--My post was kind of meant to be a joke, though I guess it wasn't obvious enough. You're right. But not only did I mention Viagra seven times, but I also used a treasure trove of other words and phrases sure to be searched by spammers: x-rated, nude, pornography, male enhancement, travel discounts, gambling, investment strategies, make money, George Bush, etc. That's why I had the winking smiley face at the end.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Gypsybobocowgirl said...

Dave--I admit--it went right past me in a blinding blond moment. My only excuse is that I was on planes until 1 a.m., in three time zones and had a blinding headache, so maybe I wasn't at my best. However, I do occasionally have a grand blond moment with no provocation. :) PS, I'll be posting pics soon from my trip.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

When I posted about my trip to Vegas, I suddenly got two or three spam comments about casinos. Not only on that post, but on all my other posts.

How annoying.

5:03 PM  
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