Thursday, July 12, 2018

Spam in many forms

For some reason my post of when I visited the estate of Ripponlea Part 2 has become very interesting to spammers. It was one of my better posts. I have slammed over one hundred spam posts into the bin and they won't be seen. Yesterday I just shut down comments on the post, which has stopped them.

But here is a different sort of spam. I am not sure why I bothered to reply to such an email, but I did. Here is the text of the email and my response.

Hi Andrew

I was browsing through the internet and I came across your blog highriser.blogspot.com

I read most of your articles and I must say, I really like your photos and content. You have a powerful blog.

That's why I wanted to reach out to you. 

As an amateur, I started a website about horse training and horse breeds.

I was wondering if you don't mind, could you add my website to your blog list on your homepage?

Maybe some of your readers might be interested in my website, too

If you'd rather not, I understand. It's your choice.

Here is my website

www.horsyland.com

Hello Katelyn. 

You have read most of my thousands of blog posts, like seven and a half thousand,  and not picked up that I don't really like horses? They are flighty, unpredictable and at times nasty beasts, and wild horses in my country are a pest species.  But having said that, like for all animals, I never would like to see them harmed or mistreated.

You could of course build your blog readership in the normal manner of reading blogs and commenting on blogs. I have no intention of adding anyone who I have not built a blog relationship with unless it is a site of great interest to me or displays photos I like to see. Ipso facto, there had to be something in it for me.

Andrew.

It was quite stupid of me to respond, but no matter. I gave her a good telling orf. Well, I told off the bot that generated the email.

37 comments:

  1. Goodness you were polite in your telling orf. As was your spammer, so it seems fair.
    Smiling at your comment about horses. My partner believes that horses are vindictive. He says that if one was to go to the site of single vehicle accidents in the country there would be a horse in a nearby paddock. And that horse would be chuckling at its success in jumping in front of the car, causing the accident, and jumping back to behave innocently.

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    2. EC, I didn't really realise it was direct spam as I have had fair dinkum requests like that before. I am amused by Himself's suggestion.

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  2. I had a similar comment and then two emails about plastic in the ocean, I posted it, and the person disappeared.

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    1. But I didn't copy and paste the text, I screen shotted the text and posted it as an image

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    2. Mark, that one may well have been a proper personal message, as I have received other times. It can be hard to pick the difference.

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  3. Lately I've found the spammers are copying and pasting pretty much the same comment into several recent posts with a spam link for Thai sites.

    For whatever reason a lot of spammers seem to try to post on a post I made a couple of years back featuring lilac bushes.

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    1. William, that was much the same as I was receiving. While I catch them on anything older than one week, there were so many of them and taking too much time to deal with. Lilac bushes sounds as odd as Ripponlea Pt 2.

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  4. I am sueprised you took the time to write such a polite reply. I have noticed the increase in spammers since google messed around with the settings.

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    1. Marie, I didn't really realise it was direct spam when I wrote the post. That was exactly when my post I mentioned began being targeted. Damn EU.

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  5. You respond? I tend to simply trash them. Ah yes, Americans. We can be rather rude, right? I simply detest spammers, and golly, I pay for my blog, my back ups, and the space on line. I do not advertise at all. My blog is simply my outlet for whatever is on my mind.

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    1. Maribeth, as I have said above, I didn't really realise it was just normal spam, rather an inappropriate request. Yes, I normally just delete obvious spam, unread. While I don't pay, directly, I don't want ads on my blog unless unless it is part of something I am writing or will be of benefit to others.

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  6. Andrew, I received the very same e-mail from that Katelyn. I thought it strange as I've never really covered the subject of horses.
    Still, on seeing your post today I know now that I wont be responding.

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    1. I received the same email, word for word. I wrote a long response with polite suggestions about raising her reader numbers and got a rude response. Oh well.

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    2. Dee, not don't bother with it.

      Hels, strange that she even replied. I like to know a person before I am too helpful, and to note that they try to help themselves.

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    1. Fen, yes no good can come from horsey people.

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  8. I got the same email! I'm not into horseback riding either, but I decided to check out her website anyway, and it couldn't be found.

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    1. Kirk, i did not actually check that, but just hovering over the link, I can see it is an odd one.

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  9. I think Horsyland.com might well have spelt Spam straight away. Now I'll have to go and check my poor neglected blog and see if I have been hit.

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    1. Jah Teh, can you find your blog? Do you remember where you put it?

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  10. It's very tempting to reply to some of these clowns. I know I feel tempted at times to tell them in no uncertain terms...very graphically...what I want them to do, but I restrain myself from doing so.

    I particularly get cranky when I get emails about viagra, or penis-enlargement...or from some Russian chickies looking for a guy to pleasure! It ain't me they looking for!!!!

    I received a spam email last night, actually, that was supposedly from a fellow I knew a few years ago...we've not been in touch in years...because he got married. I know the email isn't from him...and there is no way I will respond to it. I'm not that easily fooled.

    I can be fooled some of the time...but not all of the time! And this is one of the times I won't be fooled.

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    1. Lee, yes, inappropriate targeting of spam. Facebook has never picked up that I am gay, which is odd, but if it did, I might get more explicit spam. The problem is that spam and phishing is becoming much more professional.

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  11. Probably someone who has advertising on her page. The more views they get; the more money they make. I noticed a page I read suddenly had ad's; I unfollowed at once.

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    1. Cro, I don't think it is necessary or desirable to have ads on a personal blog. It just seems a bit tacky.

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  12. I got the same email several months ago. I replied NO, then spammed the comment and deleted all entries in the spam folder.

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  13. I remember a comment I got a couple of months ago from "Vaiybora" who says "I just stumbled on your blog blah blah etc" and I commented he hasn't just stumbled upon, he's been here before several times and isn't welcome, then I spammed and deleted all his comments from the comments page. again.

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    1. It is the unseen side of blogging, dealing with spammers, who are at times clever, but they did not outsmart you.

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    2. On the design page, I go to the comments section once a week and delete everything caught as spam. Most of the time now there is nothing.

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  14. That's funny that you took the time to reply Andrew, I would have just ignored it. I've been getting a lot of spam comments on older posts too from maybe a Thai site? and I've seen the exact same comments on other blogs. I have marked them as spam but have noticed them again a few days later. Hope it has worked the second time around.

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    1. Sami, the only reason I took it at all seriously was that it was a personal email. Just battle against the spammers and make their efforts not being worthwhile as they are quickly removed.

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  15. I don't know, Andrew, are you sure that's not a link to an insecure website where if you click to go there, a bot or virus is installed in your computer, because it sounds really suspicious to me. I would not click that link to horsyhell.

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    1. Strayer, I delinked it now. I for one did not click on it, and I should have checked further.

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  16. A pox on spammers I say!

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    1. Grace, nearly everyone would agree with you.

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