Weird, Friendlier Spam

March 28, 2010


Have you noticed a change in the comment spam lately, since the last six months or so? Before it used to be VERY obvious spam: billions of links, disgusting topics and words, or it was in Russian. Now I’m getting spam that’s.. well, “kinder and gentler.”
It’s WEIRD. These jerks talk like they know me and love me. But they can’t fool me! :smarty:

That rss feature on your site here is brilliant, you should tell people about it in your next post. I haven’t noticed it a first, now I’m using it each morning to check on any updates. I’m on a really slow dial-up connection in Brazil and it’s rather baffling to sit there and wait for such a long time ’til the page loads… but hey, I just found your rss page and added it to the Google Reader and voila – I’m always up-to-date! Well buddy, keep up the good work and make that rss button a little bigger so that other people can enjoy that as well.

Uh HUH. “buddy.” These spammers all have “nicey nicey” comments but their websites are trash like “mega-payday-loans” or “hotbabezone.” :notlisten: disgusting!

Oh, this one took the cake:

Man, I do love this awesome story. I’m glad I’ve found you site on Google and I hope I’ll find more great stuff here.

That comment was for my paid post about reviewing Tony’s Pizza. :blink:

Hey, found your site by accident doing a search on Google but I’ll definitely be coming back. – I ran into Isosceles. He had a great idea for a new triangle! – Woody Allen Born 1935

Oh, that’s witty. But WHOOONK! :rollpin: to the spam dust bin you go!

Then I got this. This was REALLY weird. I know that blog that they are linking to! It’s a fellow Upstate New York frugal freak! Wha?!

How or why did they do that? So now these spammer idiots are using OUR OWN blog links as THEIR websites to get past the spam filters or to fool us?

I wonder if WordPress can do something about the spam problem. I have two to three spam filters on all my blogs, and spam still gets through. Plus, I spend a lot of time sifting through it for *real* comments, and deleting dozens and dozens of spam.

Have you been noticing a change in the spam that’s blasting your way?

P.S. Did you notice that Roddy McDowall visits the Freaky Frugalite? Wooowww….. next thing you know, it’ll be George Clooney or Betty White!

5 Responses to “Weird, Friendlier Spam”

  1. Renee Says:

    Man, touching story about Tony’s Pizza… Right.

    Interesting… a celebrity who isn’t alive is visiting your site… creepy!

  2. akaGaGa Says:

    Yup, I’m getting the same kind of stuff. And here I thought I was just doing such a great job. 🙂

    I think they’ve figured out that leaving nasty words gets more of their junk tossed by the spam filters, so now they just love your site and how helpful all your posts all. And they’ll definitely be back!

  3. Connie Says:

    I get a lot of spam with comments about my posts helping with a school report… yea, well good for you, but the post will remain sans spam comment.

  4. Rebecca Says:

    You guys should write posts about your crazy spam. I think some of them are hilarious! But much is outright obscene. I will not allow my kids to go through the spam filters or monitor comments. I do it. Filth! I wish there was a way to outright ban that stuff before it hit your inbox.

  5. Penny Raine Says:

    this is not spam ….. I gave you an award 🙂
    blessings, Penny