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Dec 17 2010   8:20PM GMT

Spam: This Tactic Is Just Weird

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Lately, I’ve seen an awful lot of junk coming in with weird subject lines in an obvious attempt to fool spam filters. Here’s a recent one:

Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2010 03:34:23 -0500
Subject:  Thhis___Recessionn__is_Faar__Fromm_Oveer___-___Leaarn__Howw_tto_GGet___IIRS___
Taax___Deebt___RRelief__WWhile_You___Stilll__Can!!

Dear [delted],

Hirinng___Formerr_IIRS_Agentts__too___Solvee___TTax_Debtt__PProblems__-___G
Good__OOr_Bad??___Relieff__IRRS_OOff_Your_Bacck_SStress!

http://lixxxx.com/yO27av

Thanks,

Ronald Sloan

{%RND***********^^^^^^^^     **********^^^^^^^^^^%}

This is an even goofier tactic than the one some marketers use to attempt to fool the filters (FR’EE, m0n’ey, and other silliness).

Would anyone fall for such a message? It should be obvious (if they even see it in the inbox) that it’s spam. Nevertheless, maybe a few of these will get through and if experience tells me anything, a few clueless souls will click.

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