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lil  ·  1326 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Update: Welcome post and badges for all

Weirdly, I was alerted to it when the spammer became a follower of #writebetterdammit.lil the only dot lil follower of writebetterdammit. Actually adibarmi is following all the writebetterdammit personal tags and a few domains. Weird.

So I checked to see who was following that tag and discovered all the spam. At least spammers want their spam properly written.

insomniasexx  ·  1326 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That is hysterical.

I read an article a while back that spam is more successfully when it is poorly written because it weens out all the people who would be too intelligent to fall for the spam down the line and prevents the spammers from wasting time. It's the same concept as having a high barrier of entry, but only for low people. >.<

wasoxygen  ·  1326 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Why do Nigerian Scammers Say They are from Nigeria?

From the abstract:

    Far-fetched tales of West African riches strike most as comical. Our analysis suggests that is an advantage to the attacker, not a disadvantage. Since his attack has a low density of victims the Nigerian scammer has an over-riding need to reduce false positives. By sending an email that repels all but the most gullible the scammer gets the most promising marks to self-select, and tilts the true to false positive ratio in his favor.