Log in

No account? Create an account
Inventor's Log
The Life, Times, Thoughts, and Works of a Creative Young Man
[Thought] Any Relation to the Qwantz T-Rex?

My, I'm posting a lot tonight. I just got a spam e-mail from "Tyrannosauruses R. Graving". Those are my favorite kind.

Feeling: amused amused
Listening to: Lemon Demon - Hyakugojyuuichi 2003

5 Thoughts // Speak Your Mind
mafdet From: mafdet Date: February 18th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
If Tyrannosauruses R. Graving (not to mention Craving) in one's vicinity it's probably wise to run.

I wonder why spammers have such weird names and titles? To trick us into opening the emails? Too bad, because I bahleet the spam no matter what...
alun_clewe From: alun_clewe Date: February 18th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it's more to get past automatic spam filters than to trick people into opening them, per se. A human user is going to know that Tyrannousauruses R. Graving is obviously not an actual person sending them e-mail, but an automated spam filter isn't so discerning. Of course, a good spam filter can still flag the e-mail as spam on other grounds.
From: randomchris Date: February 19th, 2005 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)
It's funny, you'd think it would be very easy to flag messages as potential spam on the basis "hmm, both the first and last words of the sender's name appear in a dictionary..."
alun_clewe From: alun_clewe Date: February 20th, 2005 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Except that there are a lot of legitimate names in which both the first and last words would appear in the dictionary...names like Will Cooper, Rose White, Mark Walker, Eddy Ford... So things would have to be a little more sophisticated, and have a separate list of dictionary words that are also common names so the program would know what dictionary words not to flag. And by the time things get to that point there are probably easier ways to determine whether or not the message is likely to be spam.
jsguardian From: jsguardian Date: February 18th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
My favourite spam ever was an e-mail claiming I won 25 lbs of salmon.
5 Thoughts // Speak Your Mind