spam spam sausage egg spam

I know it’s the height of terrible blogging to talk about your spammers, but one of mine is obviously in trouble. His copy of P&P has gone through the shredder, and the poor man is trying to rebuild it, one garbled paragraph at a time:

——– Original Message ——–

Refinance Rate: 4.43%* – $350,000 loan for $579 a month – Bad credit OK

was sixteen, was now on the point of accomplishment, and her thoughts and her words ran wholly on unworthy of mr. bingley’s regard; and yet, it was not in her nature to question the veracity of a youngof them, and therefore you must visit him as soon as he comes.”him to sacrifice of his own happiness to the caprice of their inclination. had his own happiness,had always distrusted the appearance of his goodness. elizabeth, though she did not credit above halfhad most incautiously shown. every lingering struggle in his favour grew fainter and fainter; and in

… and that’s where it ends. But I must know what happens!
Fortunately there was a follow up:

——– Original Message ——–

You got Loan Preapproved Q
Come on over and see how much you can on your h0me with us

Weak as she was, Emily had spirit enough to feel the reproof. She walked in her meek noiseless way to the door. ‘I beg your pardon, Miss. I am not quite so bad as you think me. But I beg your pardon, all the same.’ over the stove. She opened the door. Agnes called her back. There was something in the woman’s apology that appealed irresistibly to her just and generous nature. ‘Come,’ she said; ‘we must not part in this way. Let me not misunderstand you. What is it that you expected me to do?’

(That doesn’t sound like Austen to me – a bit of googling (sorry, “performing a search using the Google search engine”) reveals “The Haunted Hotel”. )

But the thing is, why garble all the text like that? Why not just chop a full paragraph, and send one per email? It could be like The Pickwick Papers for the modern day!

What? These spammers are totally literate. They’ll understand that reference in a heartbeat. Or they’ll have been called Scrooge often enough to at least have a passing acquaintance with Dickens. (Oh god, unless they think of the duck?)

3 comments to spam spam sausage egg spam

  • You get Austen, I get Douglas Adams. The spammers must somehow know I’m I’m a dweeb.

  • Hee, hee…
    I’ll have to check out where mine are sourced from now on. The last one seemed as though it was an unfamiliar poem. No Austen, nor Adams either, in my inbox.
    cheers, g

  • I hear that’s more and more common now, so’s they can slip through your spam filters. They grab text from free online libraries and just shove it in a random-sentence generator so your email’l think it’s a real letter.

    I got one the other day, and I was like… hmm, that sounds like a book I’d want to read. Only, I can’t work out what book it was! It’s driving me nuts.

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