12-09-2010, 09:17 AM
Status: Super Moderator
Join Date: Aug 2005
Current Game: Guild Wars 2, VtMB, TOR
|Here's how to have a conversation with a spammer.
Last night, courtesy of this blog, a spammer got through on GTalk. I answered because it was someone who had emailed me, and thus was in my contact list. I had cheerfully ignored the email as probable spam, but GTalk decided since it was in the list of people who had emailed me, it must be OK. It didn't help that I wasn't paying attention when I answered, since it was 2:30 am. However, I am grateful for the line of thought this generated, because it gave me a perfect blog topic.
Anyway, here is the actual discussion we had. Names have been changed to protect the innocent and/or guilty. Note that this was not one of the more brilliant things I've done on the internet, and you should avoid following this example.
2:30 AM jh: hi
how r u?
2:31 AM jh: whr r u frm?
2:32 AM me: A Geeky town. You?
2:33 AM may i know about something?
2:34 AM me: It depends on the question.
wht is ur profession
2:35 AM are you busy?
2:36 AM me: Well, it's the middle of the night by me.
2:37 AM me: I write and manage the family.
jh: it's your profession
me: They keep me busy
I take it you do tech?
2:38 AM i can not understand what you want to tell exactly
2:39 AM me: you work with computers?
sorry and u
me: I play with computers.
what is ur age
2:40 AM me: Mary Kay had a wonderful saying when someone asked her age. She said "A woman who will tell her age will tell anything."
2:41 AM jh: ha ha
2:42 AM tell me you are man or woman
2:43 AM are you there?
2:44 AM me: My husband is calling me to bed--must go. Have a good night!
2:45 AM jh: okey