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5.22.2013

An anti-SPAM SPAM scam

This black-hat SEO tactic is too good not to out; the first time it popped into my Inbox I ignored it, but the second time...? Well, here you go:

Saturday 18th of May 2013 10:20:05 AM
Larson Eric

Dear Larson Eric:

We have learned that unauthorized individual(s) secured a link promoting our website [their redacted site].com on one or more of your web properties.

The links were placed purely for SEO purposes, with the intention of manipulating search rankings, something that we do not approve.

The presence of these links is harmful to our site's good standing with search engines, and unfortunately, retaining them may also be potentially harmful to your own website's reputation.

We would ask that you please remove any links on your site that link to [their redacted site].com
So far as we are aware, there are (or have been) links at these URLs:
http://[my redacted site].com/tag/
padded-adjustable-piano-bench/feed

We would greatly appreciate your help with resolving this problem.

You can also let us know once the links to [their redacted site].com have been removed by return email.

If you need any more information from us, please email me and I will be happy to assist.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you and do appreciate your help.

Sincerely,

[their redacted signature]



Hard though it may be to believe, I don't have a site with a "tag" related to piano benches.  (I'm sure the adjustable piano bench industry is an excellent one in which I could engage, but I've not seen fit to prioritize my adjustable piano bench desires and needs at this time.  Padded or otherwise.)

In fact, this URL is one that's parked at GoDaddy on behalf of someone else, and it doesn't have any subpages or directories of any kind.

But how many webmasters who received an email like this would visit their site and/or send the requested email back, thus validating their return email address for future SPAMming?

So... this person is resorting to an SEO scam in the name of "preventing" an SEO scam.  Not unlike the malware that claims to be an anti-malware program that can "clean" your computer for only 30 bucks.

Fascinating...

3.20.2013

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE?

This just arrived in my Inbox (including the question mark; the FBI doesn't seem very sure of itself, perhaps because it thinks it's the DOJ?) with a return address of "office@fbi.gov" ...so it must be legit, right? I wonder why our FBI is sending their mail through the domain "ertelecom.ru" -- that must be a Glasnost thing.


Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division.
J.Edgar.Hoover Building Washington Dc
Customers Service Hours / Monday To Saturday
Office Hours Monday to Saturday:
 
Dear Beneficiary
 
 
This is to officially notify you that investigation has successfully carried out regarding the payment of your over due contract/ inheritance fund worth 8.5 million USD . It is obvious that you have not receive it yet, we have send letter of notification to your home address through mailbox to notify you about the fund but the letter was returned undelivered so we decide to let you know about it through your email address because it is the only option left to us.
 
 
After proper investigations that was carried out few days ago, we recovered your imminent payment worth 8.5million USD and 25.5 million USD for another 3 beneficiaries in our list who have been found not to have receive their Contract/ Inheritance Sum, winning Gambling & Lottery sum? Investigation confirmed that your imminent payment worth 8.5 Million USD including the other 3 beneficiaries totaled 25.5 million USD was withheld by the past corrupt Governmental Officials who almost held it to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle on you and the other 3 beneficiaries in our list.
 
 
Investigation also revealed that you have spent a lot on your personal earned money just to conclude the successful delivery/transfer of your fund to your destination by obtaining delivery/transfer documents but all to no avail. We have bring a solution to your problem and we advised that you stop any further communication you are having with any one or any office claiming to be in right position of releasing your fund to you if there is any please be warned now? we want you to have in mind that your fund is now in our custody ready to be paid to you as approved but before then you have to respond to this email as soon as possible so that your fund will be delivered to you without any delays or obstacles is that clear.
 
 
Meanwhile we also want to let you know that after the recovery of your imminent payment $8.5 Million USD, a meeting was held as regards the best way to carry out with the payment exercise for transparency and most especially to avoid re-occurrence of the delay in transferring your funds and the high cost of procuring transfer documents and we came to a final conclusion as all head of organizations involved was duly represented. It was approved to be issued to you as a valid international ATM card cash-able at any ATM machine in the world. The ATM account has already being credited with the eight million, five hundred thousand United States dollars. ($8.5,000, 000.00USD) and it will be coming  with a custom pin which you will use to withdraw up to $10,000 per day from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it. Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your bank account, because the ATM card is registered with inters witch.
 
 
In order to redeem your ATM Card You are advised to contact the Department's Officer in west Africa who is responsible for the shipping of your ATM card, contact him with the information below.
 
NAME: MR.STEPHEN OJ.
CELL PHONE NUMBER:  +234-7066464062
 
When contacting Mr Stephen Oj You are advised to reconfirm your delivery information to him and your security giving code which is (FBI13), submit it alongside with your delivery information as stated below so that there will be no mistake during delivery.
 
DELIVERY INFORMATION:
FULL NAME AND AGE:.............................
DELIVERY ADDRESS:..............................
CELL PHONE NUMBER:.............................
CURRENT OCCUPATION:............................
 
SECURITY CODE (FBI13)
 
NOTE: Under normal circumstances you are supposed to come down to Africa to Claim your ATM CARD in person but the IMF , the federal Ministry of Finance and we the FBI insisted that it will be better for you to receive your ATM Card through courier delivery so as to Cut-short Traveling expenses and stress of traveling over to Africa, so all you will ever need to pay to get your ATM Card is only the delivery charges which will only cost you $200usd nothing more, also note that the delivery will only take 48 hours to reach your destination after when you must have paid for the delivery fee to Mr Stephen Oj. We hope that every thing is clear to your understanding. A receipt to this effect will be sent to you upon the confirmation of the $200.00 USD for the delivery fee of your ATM Card to you ok.
 
PRIOR TO THIS. A RELIABLE AND A TRUSTED COURIER COMPANY HAVE BEEN CONTRACTED TO MAKE THE DELIVERY OF YOUR PACKAGE TO YOU AND AS SOON AS YOU CONTACT MR. STEPHEN OJ WITH THE REQUESTED DELIVERY INFORMATION AND THE DELIVERY FEE, HE WILL REGISTER YOUR PACKAGE (ATM CARD) TO THE COURIER COMPANY AND UPDATE YOU WITH THE TRACKING DETAILS OF YOUR PACKAGE FROM THE COURIER COMPANY SO THAT YOU CAN TRACK YOUR PACKAGE ONLINE TO KNOW WHEN IT WILL ARRIVE TO YOU DESTINATION.
 
Best Regards.
Agent Frederick W. Humphries II
 
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535


3.13.2013

Everything short is new again

Back when this blog started in... 2002? More than a decade ago?!? ...I used it as the true "web log" of links and passing interests.  Then, the concept of "blogging" transitioned to long-form writing, so that's what I kept here, and my links were tossed out at del.icio.us.

Then, Posterous came along, so I used that for my short, fractured thoughts and slice-of-life captures, and left this as longer writing... which meant that not much got posted here.

But now, Posterous is going away.  Which raised the question... what should I do with all my old Posterous content?

Long story short, I dropped it here.  If you follow the "posterous" label here you'll find all of it.  But, if you scroll through the archives, it'll be mixed in with what's here already.

What's lost are the comments, but there haven't been too many over the years.  Maybe I'll bring all those at once, in a single "update post"?  That's an idea...

 


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