Classic Spam: Good clean fun
(and good clean mailing lists)

The spammers are constantly scrubbing their lists to identify hot prospects, and one of the evergreen list laundering schemes involves inviting you to enjoy some good, clean, friendly jokes. No obligation, of course (although you might like to visit today's "sponser" (sic)).

From: Jennifer James [mailto:jjames8745@specialfunoffers.com]
Sent: Friday, August 16, 2002 10:07 PM
To:
<<my-work-address>>
Subject: Update: A man enters a barbarshop...and more funny pages!!


Dear Friend,

How is your PRINTER INK holding up? Almost out? If you're like me going to
the store to get more ink is always a hassle. Either you forget which model
number you need or they don't have it in stock. Try visiting today's sponser
and fill up on ink for your printer. You'll save money and time!!

http://www.specialfunoffers.com/
link.cfm?l=10&u=
<<number>>&c=5&t=1
<a href="http://www.specialfunoffers.com/
link.cfm?l=10&u=
<<number>>&c=5&t=1">
AOLLink</a>

Once again thank you for supporting us and supporting good clean fun on the
internet.



FRESH JOKES!!!

A man enters a barbarshop...
http://www.specialfunoffers.com/
link.cfm?l=11&u=
<<number>>&c=5&t=1
<a href="http://www.specialfunoffers.com/
link.cfm?l=11&u=
<<number>>
&c=5&t=1">AOL Link</a>

What you might find on the restroom wall...
http://www.specialfunoffers.com/
link.cfm?l=13&u=
<<number>>&c=5&t=1
<a href="http://www.specialfunoffers.com/
link.cfm?l=13&u=
<<number>>
&c=5&t=1">AOL Link</a>

Make sure your passengers follow all warning signs...
http://www.specialfunoffers.com/
link.cfm?l=12&u=
<<number>>&c=5&t=1
<a href="http://www.specialfunoffers.com/
link.cfm?l=12&u=
<<number>>
&c=5&t=1">AOL Link</a>


Thank you for taking some of your valuable time to look at our content. We
appreciate every minute you spend with us. And we hope to continue to
provide you with new and enjoyable content. If you have any questions or
would like to be removed from our mailing list please email us at
support01<<number>>01@specialfunoffers.com or click on the unsubscription link
below.

http://www.specialfunoffers.com/
unsubscribe.cfm?c=4&u=
<<number>>
<a href="http://www.specialfunoffers.com/
unsubscribe.cfm?c=4&u=
<<number>>">AOL Link</a>

What you won't see (unless you look carefully) is that every one of the ten external web links given in the message, including the remove links, calls a Cold Fusion web script (the ".cfm" files) with a seven-digit number in the argument (I removed both the number and my e-mail address for privacy). The e-mail link also includes this same number in its address. Undoubtedly, these numbers point somewhere in their databases to my work e-mail address, and simply by using any of these links I will confirm the availability of that address for more spam.

To investigate, I tried first loading one of these URLs without the trailing arguments, but got an error message. Then, I pasted the full URL into my browser window, altered the number slightly, and then loaded it. Voilá! (or "walla"), it worked! Of course, I probably just confirmed someone else's e-mail address (maybe yours? Sorry.).

Frankly, the joke wasn't all that funny, certainly not worth divulging my e-mail address.

If you get a message like this, DON'T follow any of the links unless you take the same precaution I did. You can also safely report any external link you find, as well as the message source.


(c) 2003-2006, Richard C. Conner ( )

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Updated: Sat, 06 May 2006