The Two Most Annoying Spams I’ve Ever Received

The second most annoying spam I received, had the following message body:

pingvin

Somebody sent me a word “pingvin”? Pingvin? What am I supposed to do with this? Reply with a word “polar bear”? Even pill and stock spam isn’t this annoying since at least then I know they are trying to get money from me. But, somebody sending me word “pingvin” – argh! :) What on Earth do you want me to do with this?

The other annoying spam had MY address in the “from” part, sent to MY address. Not just once, but several times. The message had the following content:

We can email your message to 7,500,000 people. [link to the website]

I bet you can, and I’m one of them!

Sigh.

Entrepreneurial hint: The guy who figures out how to stop spam will be a rich guy. Patent the algorithm or something that stops spam.

9 thoughts on “The Two Most Annoying Spams I’ve Ever Received

  1. The reason for sending this kind of spam with useless content is simple: they want to stuff [poison?] antispam Bayesian filters, which are based on the frequency of ocurrence of words. If the Bayesian filter is feed up with random words, especially “not spam-like”, and the filter associates it with spam, it starts to work bad, wrongly marking normal messages as spam, so the user is more likely to turn it off at all [and let the REAL spam messages to get in].

  2. I just got that email! From: Yolanda Staples, no subject, and then the message was just “Pingvin.” I was quite confused, so I googled it, and found this site. If the whole point is just to mess with people, than I suppose it’s really rather clever.

  3. pingvin

    :)

  4. Serkan: :)

    Chetrusca: Could be, could be..

  5. Probably the person who sent you the email is either from Russia or Ukraine, or just speaks russian, because russian word “pingvin” is “penguin” in english.

  6. Serkan Ensoner

    I’m sorry that I was laughing while I was reading. It’s quite annoying as it is funny.