The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 November 2003

Schadenfreudian slip

Today's spam comes from one "Oncoming S. Irony", undoubtedly a kindred spirit to Spoilage G. Prone, from whom I heard earlier this month. Mr Irony, who gives the possibly-bogus address <> — an http request redirects to something called, which looks like a fairly ordinary Web host, and Whois reports the very Spanish-sounding domain name belongs to something called "Latin American Telecom Inc.", with a Pittsburgh address and a Mexican phone number — has adopted the very trendy scheme of concealing a bunch of text that doesn't display, in the hopes of sneaking past Bayesian filters, while rendering the text you're supposed to read in a tedious one-character-at-a-time mode that doesn't get killed by your existing Instant Discard test.

Still, the miracle of non-HTML email (the only way email should be sent, now and forever) enables one to decipher the following from Mr Irony's spam:

The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC®) is the central facility for the collection and dissemination of scientific and technical information for the Department of Defense (DoD). Much of this information is made available by DTIC in the form of technical reports about completed research, and research summaries of ongoing research.


Now that's irony.

Posted at 7:42 PM to Scams and Spams

Shortly after posting this, I got something from one "Regulus U. Quagmire", who sounds like a stringer for the Guardian.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:56 PM on 21 November 2003

I had a great one from Poo-B-Gone, but when I went to blog it I found their host had already shut them down.

Posted by: Geoffrey at 9:15 PM on 21 November 2003

Damn, those guys in uniform get all the chicks!

Posted by: Matt at 7:58 AM on 22 November 2003

I can't get the "CLICK HERE TO GET LAID NOW" link to work.

Posted by: Dew Fuss at 6:00 PM on 23 November 2003

I have this built-in resistance to giving these weasels free links, if you know what I mean.

I will tell you, however, that it leads ultimately to something called "Swingers Match", which I suspect is a dating service for people who for legal and/or moral reasons have no business dating.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:41 PM on 23 November 2003