For some reason I've found myself subscribed to some drugmusic-related mass mailout calling itself "the en=80trance digizine" or something like that. Funny, because I don't recall subscribing to it. Oh well, into the SpamCop reporting system it goes.
Among other delights in my Held Mail today: a pump-and-dump stock scam, one probable porn ad ("School is In and the Girls Are Too Ojgv Ptusw Cb Bp"), four solicitations for dodgy pharmaceutical retailers (including an offer to "Increase your 'DI-C,K_ _SIZE* f dqiybqdaq"), one offer for dodgy financial services and at least two things in Asian character sets (including one sent from "jennydwyer_ho@....de"); and some scumbag calling themselves the Patriot Fund and trying to collect money for "dead soldiers' families", and tripping the SpamAssassin alarms in the process.
(Aside: what's with the random strings of letters in spam subject lines. Some sort of distribution-code for determining which ones get looked at/reported, noise to fool primitive spam filtering systems? Or perhaps some sort of Ken-Bruce-has-gone-mad-style marketing gimmick: "An offer so exciting we can't control ourselves!!!yurble yurble glurk")
I think its a way in which the spammers try and get round bulk mail laws, as each mail is diferent, it isn't bulk mail...
though anothe amusing trend I have seen, is with html spam, they will have a whole load of text with the colour set the same as the background, just cut and pasted from some news article.. weird. just trying to get round the filters I supose.
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And then there are things like
En<proboscis>large you<transverse>r pe<bezoar>nis whi<hamster>le y<gallinaceous>ou mak<toad>e mo<phytoplankton>ney i<antidisestablishmentarianism>n y<zarf>our sl<hermeneutics>eep
designed to get past non-HTML-aware keyword scanners.
Its crazy isn't it. Where my mail is hosted we have the open relay black list going, which cuts down 90% of the spam I get, and we are going to work on getting spam assasin working.
At least the spam filters in mozilla mail and the Mac os X mail client are pretty good.
Thats true, we are in the process at looking at our options. Though to be honest the black lists we use get rid of about 90% of the spam, ie before we used them I was getting from 100 to 200 pieces of spam a day, and now probably only 5 or 6 which is a great difference.