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syntonic_comma @ 01:29 am: wow, a free ebook!
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 18:00:17 +0200
From: Tommy <info.vskp79@gmail.com>
Subject: Hello

Hi
Now is your chance to win $ 10,000
All you need do is
1 Send this message to everyone you know
So you want me to be a spammer too?
My friends expect some kind of quality control in the things I forward. I have no idea what you are pushing.
2 Click on the link and type in your email address
How do I know that link won't give me malware?
Is there some reason you don't want me to visit the link before I forward to everyone I know?
(Of course, I'm running Linux and using Firefox with NoScript and RequestPolicy, so I'm hard to infect....)
You've already got my email address. (You sent me email, didn't you?)
Once you've done that you will get an e-book free
What kind of e-book? Why should I even imagine that it's something I want to read?
I can get plenty of free stuff to read (that I will find interesting) without giving some unknown website my email address.
[I'm not pimping that link]
And what about the $10K? Where does that come from?

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 16th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)

BlueHost

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From:syntonic_comma
Date:October 16th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)

Re: BlueHost

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a can of spam at a terminal (by Bill Holbrook)
Bill Holbrook
You're certainly welcome to read a feed of my public postings. My entries here are mostly just rants about spam that ticks me off. I was an email admin for my previous employer, so I do have some experience dealing with and preventing spam.

What's "BlueHost" got to do with anything?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 23rd, 2011 06:36 am (UTC)

Free games

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Do you people have a facebook fan page? I searched for one on facebook or twitter but could not discover one, I’d really like to become a fan!
From:syntonic_comma
Date:October 23rd, 2011 07:39 am (UTC)

Re: Free games

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This is a LiveJournal Community. Why should it have a Facebook fan page?

Facebook is not the aggregator for the rest of the world's social media. I don't agree with Facebook's privacy and content-ownership policies, so I don't (and won't) post there. You can start your own SpamSnark on Facebook if you like. And if people post there, great. But you won't see me there.

And the spam isn't going to fit into tweets, so that doesn't make any sense either.

And "Free games"? What's that about?
From:syntonic_comma
Date:November 5th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
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Hey, look folks – actual spamming going on in spamsnark!can of Hormel Spam

This community is the one place you can spam me and I might not delete it.

Edited at 2012-11-05 01:39 am (UTC)
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Date:September 11th, 2013 02:32 pm (UTC)
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Date:September 13th, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
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Date:September 23rd, 2013 07:36 am (UTC)
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