I was going through the contents of my spam comments (those that were automatically filtered) in order to see if there were any comments that were not spam, when I found the following lengthy, but hilarious message:
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“However, the deed of addiction to drugs and alcohol can conclusion in some appealing undesirable consequences, such as loss of friendships, health problems, behavioral problems, alienation of family, and a loss of care in sports, academics, hobbies, etc. Substance abuse and addiction can emphatically modify behavior, and a latest preoccupation with drugs can assemblage absent activities that were formerly important, adore sports or academics.
“End this is a discreet and non-invasive way. Always enshrine that teenagers can be fully protective of their privacy. Instead of asking your babe about his or her friends, launch a barbeque organization and interrogate your baby to invite some of his or her friends.
“Inviting your kid”s friends over to the apartment is the ace conduct to shop for to apprehend them better. You may further embolden the kids to hang environing the co-op every instantly and then so that you can inspect them without truly appearing as well nosy or something. Duration busy in some worthwhile activities can cure grip your girl elsewhere from drug addiction.
Okay, that’s it. NOW — you might be asking why did I reproduce this crap in my own blog entry in the first place. Well, I did change the two links that would have taken you to the spammer’s site — I replaced the drug name with a description of the drug in the link in the fourth paragraph, and I replaced the text in the URL above with another descriptive, but bogus address. I certainly wasn’t going to send any business their way. But the rest of the comment is unretouched.
Many of these spam comments, and the text of the email spam we all know and love, are written by someone overseas that does not speak English. They use translator programs, which would account for the unusual vocabulary and convoluted syntax. For example, the last two paragraphs are about how to spy on your kids to protect them from drug abuse. I love this one: “launch a barbeque organization and interrogate your baby to invite some of his or her friends.” Interrogate means to ask and your baby means your child, of course. But how did they come up with launch a barbeque organization? Too funny!
What’s clever about this message is the way the link is buried in the text, and also how the text seems to be aimed at concerned parents (who might have been Googling teenage drug addiction for help and resources), which gives it a sort of legitimacy, but it is really for the drug addicts themselves who are looking to buy! Everybody else would probably just ignore it because it sounds so stupid. At least I’m hoping they would ignore it.
At work, every day I get at least one of those you’ve-inherited-six-million-bucks-from-a-stranger-in-Liberia scams in my email box. They are so persistent, it makes me wonder if there are enough stupid people who actually fall for the ploy to keep them in business. I hope not. They also use the same stupid grammar as the blog spammers.
Before you delete this stuff or mark it as spam, there is something you can do to help stop it. Forward it to email@example.com — this is an email address set up by the Federal Trade Commission (there is no website at uce.gov, it’s just for email) to collect evidence to use in prosecuting the money-launderers and Internet criminals that annoy us to death. At the very least, the FTC can notify the email and IP server the spammers are using so they can be shut down for violating the server’s terms-of-service. It’s a small drop in a very big bucket, but it’s a start. Maybe some day, by cooperating, we’ll be able to outwit those stupid, but oh-so-clever online crooks.