Posts Tagged ‘semi-legitimate marketing’

Send FTD Valentine’s Day Flowers from $19.99 – SPAM

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Just in time for Valentines day, FTD Flowers confiscates Cupid’s arrows and instead arms him with endless waves of email Spam.

Mailboxes everywhere are seeing messages like:

Subject:     Send FTD Valentine’s Day Flowers from $19.99
From:     “FTD Exclusive Offer” <info@dns0.ash-falken.de>

These messages typically use actual FTD Artwork, such as:

FTD Valentines Spam

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What Are False-Positive Emails?

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

When spam filtering systems block the delivery of a legitimate email, this is referred to as a “false-positive” result.

As it turns out, doing a good job of stopping Spam is not nearly as difficult as avoiding false-positives results. Eliminating false-positives is the most difficult problem for email recognition and filtering technologies, and is what separates the better mail filtering solutions from the rest.

A realistic expectation is that every useful spam filtering system or technique will create false-positives, and especially with regards to automated notifications, mass-mailed commercial newsletters and “legitimate” direct marketing messages. more »

Registration Proclamation — Domain Registration Fraud

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Let’s settle this once and for all:

You don’t get to “authorize” attempted registrations of domain names similar to the one(s) you own. If you register a domain, it’s yours. The other similar domain names are fair game unless you register them too.

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…Your $50 Coupon to McDonald’s inside! Not!

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

The truth is, this has nothing to do with McDonald’s. The message even says so, if you read the fine print:

The advertisers in this email are not affiliated with any of the above brands.

Apparently it’s okay to pretend to be McDonald’s as long as you put in a disclaimer that says you’re not affiliated with them. more »

Not Quite Spam

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Email marketing is cheap: production costs are nearly nonexistent; delivery is free; you can do reasonably accurate targeting with minimal effort; and you don’t need to own any equipment.

This is why there is so much spam.

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Education Stimulus Check

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The other day we featured a novel way of taking advantage of the economic stimulus package and today we found another, similar scam. This one does the same trick but this time the focus is education.

Join us, if you dare, for another sordid journey into the world of semi-legitimate marketing.

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A Quick Way to Spot Scammy Web Sites

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

This started off as a simple post about a no-brainer way to spot unsavory web sites, however, in the process of researching another post, we found out that this issue isn’t quite as cut and dried as we thought.

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How To Take Advantage of the Economic Stimulus Plan

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has been controversial since before its passage in February of 2009. Everyone seems to have an opinion on whether or not it’s a good idea; if it’s enough or not; or how it should be implemented.

Regardless of the relative merits of the idea, there are many ways of cashing in on the stimulus package and not all of them involve the government.

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Free Walmart Gift Card – Shady Marketing

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

If you want to receive more spam than you could possibly imagine then you should definitely participate in this offer. As far as we can tell it’s technically legal but that doesn’t make it any less of a scam. This is the old, tried and true, “give us a bunch of information we might give you a prize” sweepstakes offer. If you substitute “money” for “information” this is the same ploy that’s been used by carnival pitch men since, well, as long as there have been carnivals.

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