The Spammers' Guide to "Hot" Niches

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It's been interesting that lately I've been getting fewer spam emails about Viagra, **** berries and the usual suspects.

But I am getting a lot more spam about job hunting, interview techniques and the like.

So, has 'find a job' become the new Viagra? Maybe combine the two - "Impotent because you can't find a job?"


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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
    The latest ones I'm getting are a continuation of UPS deliveries I've not ordered, speeding fines from NY police, despite being in London and others telling me to check my tax return.

    All are from bona fide email addresses gauranteed to trick even the most switched on people, like sjyrfbceuiyftbcai @ 12ku~*.ru, which you'd naturally expect from the NYPD, tax office and UPS.

    They're just soooo clever.

    :rolleyes:
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      I use Yahoo for my email. It all goes into my spam box. So, I'm happy I don't have to see that garbage.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandor Verebi
      Hi,

      The amount doesn't reduce I get, but more diverse. Some fine one:

      - pislls for seexs

      - viqaqrav - make sjexxx

      - your check is waiting to be clarified

      - get your diploma cheap online

      - want to win a lottery?

      - imediate contract payment (Mr L.... S...)

      - funds release order (Bank of Eng....)

      - immediate compensation payment (Union Bank of Nig.... PLC)

      - IRS notification

      - $500 unemployment check for you

      - general manager status vacancy

      As Richard said, people are inventive.

      Best,

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    • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
      Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

      The latest ones I'm getting are a continuation of UPS deliveries I've not ordered, speeding fines from NY police, despite being in London and others telling me to check my tax return.

      All are from bona fide email addresses gauranteed to trick even the most switched on people, like sjyrfbceuiyftbcai @ 12ku~*.ru, which you'd naturally expect from the NYPD, tax office and UPS.

      They're just soooo clever.

      :rolleyes:
      they come with attachments, isn´t it?

      that´s not spam... those are virus.

      hard delete them as fast as you can...

      Sandra
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      • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
        Originally Posted by Sandra Martinez View Post

        they come with attachments, isn´t it?

        that´s not spam... those are virus.

        hard delete them as fast as you can...

        Sandra
        Oh yes, I never open any attachments, I can only read the email because it automatically shows it on outlook without opening them.

        It's amazing how silly they are though. I mean, at least get the country right! Long time no speak, hope you're well.
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        • Profile picture of the author affilcrazy
          What the hell are you all talking about?

          None of the above is spam. I have responded to all of these emails, and with miraculous results.

          I have managed to secure $10,000,000,000 in two separate payments. The first came via a Nigerian prince, whereas the second payment was through a long-lost relative from Mars.

          With this money I have satisfied my 72 tax bills, so no more Inland Revenue to worry about, and I have even paid my 7 speeding tickets in New York (2), Mumbai, Hawaii, Cape Town and Brisbane (2).

          Finally, I have a manhood I can now be proud of, and I believe the outstanding 9 UPS deliveries I need to collect are a mixture of the **** Berries I ordered and hopefully good news from the employers who I practiced my new-found interview skills on!

          Cheers
          Partha

          p.s. If anyone would like to know how I earnt $153,985.65 in only 2 days, doing no work, and by simply using 3 words, please click the affiliate link in my signature.

          p.p.s I really am proud of my manhood!
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          • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
            Originally Posted by affilcrazy View Post

            Finally, I have a manhood I can now be proud of
            Lucky for some. I took those "manhood" enlargement pills, and all they gave me was man-boobs. Then again, I'm always hearing that men aren't what they used to be.

            Originally Posted by affilcrazy View Post

            p.p.s I really am proud of my manhood!
            Pinocchio once said that, and his nose grew ever so slightly longer.

            He was last seen drunk, cursing at the stars and wishing he was a "real [man]". :p
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            • Profile picture of the author affilcrazy
              Originally Posted by DireStraits View Post

              I took those "manhood" enlargement pills, and all they gave me was man-boobs.
              Aah! You were taking them incorrectly...apparently they're suppositories!

              Originally Posted by DireStraits View Post

              Pinocchio once said that, and his nose grew ever so slightly longer.
              OK, calm down Geppetto!

              I'm sure there's a joke in there somewhere about "wood" Michael, but I'll leave that to someone else.

              Cheers
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              • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
                At least the spam you guys are getting is in English (more or less).

                Who knew Nigerian princes could type in Chinese, or Russian (I'm assuming from the Cyrillic alphabet).

                I hope that check gets here soon - I'm going broke on translators...
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                • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
                  I just received an eMail saying I can "now download the product without breaking a sweat!"

                  Which is good news because, as you well know, after most product downloads, you end up dehydrated and in need of a shower.

                  Of course, I don't know WHAT the product is that I can download without breaking a sweat, because they have omitted that important detail, but apparently I have a VIP pass to do the download.

                  As a side note, spam is another reason to distrust bit.ly URLS...
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                  • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
                    Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

                    As a side note, spam is another reason to distrust bit.ly URLS...

                    YES! Excellent point.

                    I NEVER click on bit.ly links or similar. Not on FB, not on Twitter, not on forums, not in emails, not on Tuesdays, not on rainy days, not anywhere, not anytime. I like to have some idea/clue as to where a link goes before I click on it.

                    No iota of a clue = no clicky.
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                    • Profile picture of the author Martin Luxton
                      Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

                      YES! Excellent point.

                      I NEVER click on bit.ly links or similar. Not on FB, not on Twitter, not on forums, not in emails, not on Tuesdays, not on rainy days, not anywhere, not anytime. I like to have some idea/clue as to where a link goes before I click on it.

                      No iota of a clue = no clicky.
                      Yes, Becky.

                      I'm going to get a baseball bat and stand behind a few of my nearest and dearest saying, "No clicky!" until they understand.

                      Google have introduced new, bigger preview panes to gmail which might help a bit in manual filtering:

                      New in Labs: Preview Pane - Official Gmail Blog


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                  • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
                    Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

                    Which is good news because, as you well know, after most product downloads, you end up dehydrated and in need of a shower.
                    Dam it Dan, I sure wish I'd received that email, my webcam went off by accident and captured me downloading a product earlier...

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                    • Profile picture of the author Martin Luxton
                      Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

                      Dam it Dan, I sure wish I'd received that email, my webcam went off by accident and captured me downloading a product earlier...


                      Richard,

                      How often do you download products while standing in a soccer net? :-)


                      Martin
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                      • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
                        Originally Posted by Martin Luxton View Post

                        Richard,

                        How often do you download products while standing in a soccer net? :-)


                        Martin
                        No Martin, that's to break my fall if the dehydration makes me pass out.
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  • Profile picture of the author glinda2011
    The new yahoo beta has spam protection. If you use gmail also it will go to your spam folder. Just delete spam. Ignore it.
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  • Profile picture of the author charlieboy747
    LOL, "My dearest friend, I am writing this to you on my deathbed". Even had one kid send out phishing emails from his high schools email system! Needless to say I forwarded it to his principal
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  • Profile picture of the author samual james
    I am getting lots of spam on daily basis like you won xxxxxxxx$ or you got a job in x company like that
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Incidentally I've now managed to rack up two more speeding offences since this thread started, in New York, both at 7.25 this morning, despite it being 11.10am and I've been in my office, in London, since 7.00am.

      I don't half get about these days....
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      • Profile picture of the author Sandor Verebi
        Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

        Incidentally I've now managed to rack up two more speeding offences since this thread started, in New York, both at 7.25 this morning, despite it being 11.10am and I've been in my office, in London, since 7.00am.

        I don't half get about these days....

        Richard, it's fine.

        I got a beauty five minutes ago from 'Uniform traffic ticket'. What makes it interesting is that they backdated all the eleven message to 2011.08.03.

        And these messages hold a virus. So, be careful, fellows.

        Best,

        Sandor
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  • Profile picture of the author martyJames
    Who are these viagra spammers anyway? i mean does anyone actually buy off them , for all the effort they put into spamming? Maybe someone should release a WSO on viagra spamming if its so profitable !!
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathy Curiel
    Sometimes read some of spam because it is just so funny !
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  • Profile picture of the author TravellingMissie
    All spam goes into my spam folder but I still go in there just to check no other emails are there and link to read some of the titles - they really make me chuckle!

    I have been getting loads from UPS at the moment and the lottery and 'death bed' ones have started to reappear. I'd be interested to see what their response rate is (if anything).
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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    I've been getting the tax ones too.

    Shame they're so poorly targeted. Had they pretended to be from HMRC, I might've batted an eyelid, at least for a second or two, because I'm registered for the online service and haven't yet done my 2010-11 tax return.

    As it stands, I'd rather submit my details to an "estranged Nigerian prince" than fill the coffers of the IRS, no matter their demands. At least he'd probably spend it on something decent.
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Dam, another speeding ticket in New York.
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        Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

        Dam, another speeding ticket in New York.
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      • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
        Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

        Dam, another speeding ticket in New York.
        Im getting the same dude. Maybe we should car pool?

        New York State -- Department of Motor Vehicles
        UNIFORM TRAFFIC TICKET
        POLICE AGENCY
        NEW YORK STATE POLICE>
        Local Police Code
        THE PERSON DESCRIBED ABOVE IS CHARGED AS FOLLOWS
        Time
        7:25 AM
        Date of Offense
        07/05/2011
        IN VIOLATION OF
        NYS V AND T LAW
        Description of Violation
        SPEED OVER 55 ZONE
        TO PLEAD, PRINT OUT THE ENCLOSED TICKET AND SEND IT TO TOWN COURT, CHATAM HALL., PO BOX 117
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        • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
          Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

          Im getting the same dude. Maybe we should car pool?
          Jeez Johnny, that's a miracle!

          Fancy you flying over from Sydney, me from London and both going down the same road at the same time and both getting a speeding ticket!

          We could have had coffee had we known.

          Oh well, next time perhaps.

          Heres the other annoying one that seems to come in at least a dozen times a day.
          Yup, getting those as well several times a day.

          We must be on the same list.
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        • Profile picture of the author Sandor Verebi
          Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

          Im getting the same dude. Maybe we should car pool?

          New York State -- Department of Motor Vehicles
          UNIFORM TRAFFIC TICKET
          POLICE AGENCY
          NEW YORK STATE POLICE>
          Local Police Code
          THE PERSON DESCRIBED ABOVE IS CHARGED AS FOLLOWS
          Time
          7:25 AM
          Date of Offense
          07/05/2011
          IN VIOLATION OF
          NYS V AND T LAW
          Description of Violation
          SPEED OVER 55 ZONE
          TO PLEAD, PRINT OUT THE ENCLOSED TICKET AND SEND IT TO TOWN COURT, CHATAM HALL., PO BOX 117
          Hi Johnny,

          Mine were the same. Funny is, I don't know how my speed was recorded, because I was not in New York since 1987.

          Oh my bad, I almost forgot, I've been there in my dreams about sometimes. Now the dream is punished?

          Cheers,

          Sandor
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by DireStraits View Post

      I'd rather submit my details to an "estranged Nigerian prince"
      Yes, we'd noticed you've started co-operating with those ... the bank account details you supply aren't always quite accurate, though, it seems: I really must ask you to pay more attention, when replying to my staff's entreaties, if you'll be so kind ... we wouldn't want to start having to send the boys over to explain the error of your ways, you understand ...
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      • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Yes, we'd noticed you've started co-operating with those ... the bank account details you supply aren't always quite accurate, though, it seems: I really must ask you to pay more attention, when replying to my staff's entreaties, if you'll be so kind ... we wouldn't want to start having to send the boys over to explain the error of your ways, you understand ...
        Considering the amount of time your lads apparently spend attempting to balance everything but your books and professional affairs, I'm rather surprised they even noticed. :p



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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Heres the other annoying one that seems to come in at least a dozen times a day.

    UPS notification

    Dear customer.


    The parcel was sent your home address.
    And it will arrive within 3 business day.

    More information and the tracking number are attached in document below.

    Thank you.

    Copyright © 1994-2011 United Parcel Service of America, Inc. All rights reserved.
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    • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
      Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

      UPS notification

      Dear customer.


      The parcel was sent your home address.
      And it will arrive within 3 business day.

      More information and the tracking number are attached in document below.

      That one is totally legit -- the UPS package contains the hard copy of the NY speeding ticket. Duh.

      Becky
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    I'm surprised at how fast my email gets sold to a spam list. I always use a custom email for every new web form and those emails are ending up on spammer's lists within a few days sometimes instantly and yes, sadly...even from here.

    Example, I arrive at a form so I customise the email to suit so I can track spam. I might use something like wso-warrior-userx-oto@mydomain.com when buying a One Time Offer and within a few days I'm getting spammed at that address. Funny thing is I wouldn't even know how to sell an email or how to find someone who buys them or anything about the internet underworld. How do these guys all know each other? What's an email address worth I wonder?
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    If it's somethin' bout my manhood
    I know they're up to no good

    If they say there's money waitin'
    Then for sure I'll be a skatin'

    Join in with a verse or two. We'll call it Ode To Spammers
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

      If it's somethin' bout my manhood
      I know they're up to no good

      If they say there's money waitin'
      Then for sure I'll be a skatin'
      When UPS say I'm due a pack,
      I know they must be talking crap,
      and when NYPD catch me speedin,
      it's bloody high time I stop readin.....
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    • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
      Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

      If it's somethin' bout my manhood
      I know they're up to no good

      If they say there's money waitin'
      Then for sure I'll be a skatin'

      Join in with a verse or two. We'll call it Ode To Spammers
      When they say my wood need amendin'
      The middle finger I be extendin'
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
      Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

      If it's somethin' bout my manhood
      I know they're up to no good

      If they say there's money waitin'
      Then for sure I'll be a skatin'

      Join in with a verse or two. We'll call it Ode To Spammers
      Well, you can always spot a spammer bot,
      They say my blog's the best--I know it's not.

      They come to thank me all night and all day,
      They just want to give feedback, have their say.

      They say my words that day hit the right spot,
      Though the post's a picture, a quick snapshot.

      They promise the world for pennies a day,
      But, to their offers, you must give a "Nay!"
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

      Join in with a verse or two. We'll call it Ode To Spammers
      Shakespeare was there ahead of us, it seems ... with his famous "spam soliloquy" from Hamlet.

      To spam, or not to spam, that is the question:
      Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer
      The spam and backlinks of outrageous email,
      Or to take clicks against a sea of spammers,
      And by deleting end them? To read, to spam,
      No more; and by a spam to say we end
      The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks
      That email is heir to: 'tis a consummation
      Devoutly to be wished.

      Or something like that, anyway ...
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      • Profile picture of the author Martin Luxton
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Shakespeare was there ahead of us, it seems ... with his famous "spam soliloquy" from Hamlet.

        To spam, or not to spam, that is the question:
        Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer
        The spam and backlinks of outrageous email,
        Or to take clicks against a sea of spammers,
        And by deleting end them? To read, to spam,
        No more; and by a spam to say we end
        The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks
        That email is heir to: 'tis a consummation
        Devoutly to be wished.

        Or something like that, anyway ...
        In "Troilus and Cressida" Shakespeare also complained about recycling tired subject lines as being

        'Quite out of fashion, like a rusty mail.'


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