Friday, September 25, 2009

SOTW: Directory Blog

Tags: seo, spam

Hello there. I have been on your website a fair bit recently and thought I would email to let you know how much I find it highly entertaining and well presented. I also find some of the blog posts are very well written and quite interesting as well as useful. What I was wondering was, if I and my company would be able to buy a link on your site? We would offer yourselves a very fair price to you for a month's worth. Our sites are very relevant to your site; Bingo, Poker, Casino...etc... I wish to hear from you whatever your decision maybe. Hopefully speak to you soon and keep up the fantastic work of your blog!

[name removed]
[company removed]
Contact Me On: [removed]

When looking at the above email, you may not think it worthy of Spam of the Week. It seems fairly harmless - a SEO company is trying to buy advertising on one of my sites to help improve the rankings of one of their clients' sites. Seems good right? Well, not when you take into consideration that the site they are trying to buy advertising on is a Web directory that offers free links with no strings attached (though they do need to be approved). Also throw in the fact that they say they like my "blog" when (as I just mentioned) the site was not a blog but a directory. The guy even says the "blog posts are very well written and quite interesting as well as useful". Quite a feat for a directory with no blog posts to be found.

Friday, September 18, 2009

SOTW: Creating a Love Tornado

Tags: spam

This week's spam is like most spam these days in that it's trying to promote some sort of sex-related product. I just couldn't help but giggle when I read the subject line "Create a Love Tornado". Luckily for me, I don't think leather clothes and special toys will ever stop arousing me... oh wait... perhaps I've said too much.

Subject: Create a Love Tornado
If leather clothes and special toys don't arouse you no more, V-booster is here to help your passion.

Friday, September 11, 2009

SOTW: White Hat Spam

Tags: seo, spam

The following spam was recently sent to nearly all of my websites with the same message but different subjects and contact info. I especially like how they emphasize their "white hat" services even though they are spamming the hell out of people. Oh, and if you want to pretend the email wasn't an automated email (or a lazy copy-paste email), you should at least refer to the website you're contacting rather than asking for that information in a reply. Also, it may help if you include at least some sort of company information - especially when each message comes from a different name and email address.

We would like to get your website on first page of Google. All of our processes use the most ethical "white hat" Search Engine Optimization techniques that will not get your website banned or penalized. Please reply and I would be happy to send you a proposal. In order for us to respond to your request for information, please include your company’s website address (mandatory) and or phone number.

Friday, September 4, 2009

SOTW: Classic Email Scam With a Twist

Tags: email scams, spam

Today marks the beginning of a new feature here on Net Morality... the Spam of the Week. These posts will contain actual spam I have received as email, contact form submissions, and blog comments from the various websites I operate. This week's spam is an ironic one considering it is an email scam that tries to convince you that you are being rewarded money for being a victim of email scams. Of course, the email is wrought with various grammar and spelling mistakes that quickly let the air out of the "officialness" the scammer is trying to go for.

Economic Community Of West African States.
FRAUD VICTIMS/$1,250,000
OUR REF: 10667FV

Good Day

I write to bring to your notice as a delegate from the Economic Community Of West African States Reimbursement committee under the strict supervision of the World Bank, the IMF under the supervision of the United Nation has compelled Economic Community Of West African States to compensate the victims of their financial scam before the region will be enlisted for grant from the fund set aside by the United Nations to cushion the effect of the world global melt down on the third world countries after the meeting of the G8 at London this year.

You are however listed as one of the beneficiaries for these payments. You are expected to get back to us for your immediate reimbursement as one of the Ten Thousand African 419 scam victims, the sum of $1,250,000 USD (ONE MILLION Two
Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars Only) has been approved for each.

As a result of this laudable recommendations, you are hereby informed that during the last U.N. meeting the World Bank through the Ecowas Office is expected to fast track an initial $2 billion of the $5 billion made available for scam victims, it was alarmed so much by the rest of the world on the lose of funds by various foreigners British/USA citizens and Malaysia,Etc to the scam artists operating in syndicates all over the world today.

In other to redeem the good image of our African region, the Council of former Head Of states has ordered the immediate payment of $1,250,000 USD each to the affected victims in accordance with the U.N. recommendations. Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems in Africa, these payments are to be made by BARCLAYS BANK PLC, UK.

Presently, Two Thousand Five Hundred Beneficiaries have been paid, more than 50% of the Victims are from the United States, while about 40% are from other parts of the world.

Your particulars were among those mentioned by some of the Syndicates that was apprehended in Lagos Nigeria as one of the victims of the operations, you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to anybody for any reason whatsoever as the U.S. secret service in conjunction with The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has swage into action to track this criminals down. Once again, you are expected to keep it secret until these criminals are all apprehended.

As regards these on going developmental strive; we have over 200 suspects at hand, 135 in kirikri prisons. While many are awaiting trial, we are still in search of others, who think they are wise, and hope that you will assist by giving any vital information that could lead to the apprehension of these hoodlums.

Confirm through this Email Attention Mr. Nuhu James if you are the true possessor of this email, and provide us with your details & how much you lost.

NAME IN FULL......................
YOUR CELL NUMBER.NA.....................
CONTACT ADDRESS..................NOT P.O BOX

Note your early response to this development will be appreciated.

Yours truly,
Mr Nuhu James
Secretary to the Ecowas.