Posts Tagged ‘mail-merge’

Oops, Wrong Way. D’oh!

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

wrong waySpammers send a lot of email. Like millions of messages a day. You might be wondering how they manage to type and send a million messages without dying of carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s simple really, they use mail merge software that sends the same message to a lot of different addresses.

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Entry Level Spam Position Available

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Just saw a post over at The Consumerist about a spammer that forgot to supply data for their mail-merge:

I got this spam recently. Looks like our spammer forgot to fill out his form fields! “Whatsup My parents are from #CSVFIELD(3)# too! Are you 100% sure you wish to get rid of this #CSVFIELD(2)#?” I love how vague and modular it is, it’s like spam madlibs!

We see this all the time and didn’t think to mention it. Sometimes we forget how jaded we are about this stuff.

The message above exemplifies two very common spam phenomena:

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