Latest Spammer Tricks

Like most people, I get a lot of spam. I also get a lot of emails from marketers having opted in to their mailing lists.

Although a lot of spam is pretty obvious from its content, I have been receiving a lot of emails that appear to be from online marketers that I might have subscribed to, because they are offering products along similar lines to the ones I genuinely subscribe to.

The big difference is that the spam messages usually start of with “Hi” or my full email address, whereas the genuine messages almost always start with “Hi Phil”. This is because they have my name registered in their autoresponders and it can be added to their messages easily.

It seems that the spammers have finally realised that most email addresses contain the owners name and are extracting the name and inserting it in the messages. To be honest, I don’t understand what took them so long. I thought of that after I received my first spam message over 15 years ago.

It’s true that many email addresses are of the form “Steve2381@hotmail.com”, but it’s not beyond anyone to remove numerics, or even have a database of known names to match against.

Fortunately, most spammers can’t seem to form valid headers in their emails, so my spam filter still identifies most of them.

So to all you spammers out there, don’t bother sending me any more of your rubbish, they never appear in my Inbox.

September 12, 2011 · Phil Rogers · No Comments
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