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Indian Pizza Hut Spam

I got this spam in my email box from Pizza Hut India:

I did not realize there were Pizza Huts in India. They appear to be marvelous institutions. There appears to be dancing and “Magic Times” to be had.

I’ll make a point to try and visit Pizza Hut next time I am in India. Which is likely never.

Nacho Libre: Spam Magnet

Maybe I’m on some kind of “spam roll” right now. But after checking my spam bin in WordPress, I noticed that about 100% of my blogspam was directed towards an old post I made about Nacho Libre.

What makes the post a spam magnet, though? I didn’t really stick anything in there that would potentially make it a spam target for spammers, did I? Is it because I mentioned some lady that looks like Penelope Cruz (but isn’t)?

I closed the comments on the post. My apologies to people who wanted to make a legit comment on the post but couldn’t. Maybe you can just post your comment here instead. Oh, crap. What if this post becomes the new Nacho Libre spam magnet post!? I guess I’d have to close comments on this one and make a new one explaining it. Then that new one would become the next spam magnet, and I would have to continue the process ad infinitum. Hopefully that doesn’t happen.

Update, 4-27-09:
I noticed this post is getting lots of spam now, so I’m closing comments. Geez, what is it with Nacho Libre and SPAM!?

Businesshackers Dot Com: Redefining “Lame”

So I got this spammy email in my inbox and I thought it was too good not to write about on my blog. I got this “offer” via Notecentric, my social note taking web app.

Dear friends,

here is Dario, the founder of “businesshackers.com, profitable ideas for business and life”… I am writing to tell you that I was really impressed going through your website. My team and me have seen thousands of websites and start-ups in particular and rarely have we seen such a good work.

One of the things we try to do is to promote great website that do not receive any promotion because of a number of reasons such as lack of funds, not enough time to launch it, etc.

We usually charge quiet a lot of money for reviews and links to websites due to the quality of posts you can find on businesshackers.com. We focus on quality, not quantity. There is something we can offer you: you can write a review of your website, but please try to be as objective as possible. What you could include is a description of why the site was created, how it works, what your plans are, etc. You are allowed to include max 2 links to your site and 1 picture. It should be a good way to gain visibility online. Normally we charge between 30 and 160$ for a review, but because of the quality of your website we will be happy to publish your own text on businesshackers.com.

Please let me know if you think it is a good idea.
Best regards,

Dario

p.s. if you prefer us to write the review for you it is just 50$. This is the link with the details.
p.p.s. please link to businesshackers.com if possible
p.p.s. we do not accept duplicate content, only unique sorry

Basically, they’re offering to post a review of Notecentric, given that I write it and send it to them… OR I can pay them “just” $50 to write it for me. Screw that. Judging from the quality of the writing in their email, I wouldn’t take money from them to write about Notecentric!

Do all the companies on this lame ass website pay for these reviews? If so, I think the word needs to get out about this totally lame and unjournalistic enterprise.

BTW, I’m intentionally not linking to them, lest I contribute to their pagerank.

Nigerian 419 Scam!

Wow, check out this nigerian scam thing I just got. Apparently I have a relative who lives(ed) in Nigeria! By the name of Patrick Truong!!!!

BARRISTER P.T.GEORGE
PT George Chambers
3 Bode Thomas
Victoria Island
Lagos-Nigeria.

Dear Truong,

I am BARRISTER P.T.GEORGE , a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney to Mr. Patrick Truong a national of your country, who used to work for National Electric Power Authority(N.E.P.A.) in Nigeria. Here in after shall be referred to as my client. On the 21st of April 2001,my client, his wife and their only daughter were involved in a car accident along Ikorodu express road.

All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy here to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After theseseveral unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name over the Internet,to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.

I have contacted you to assist in repartrating the fund valued at US$12.5million left behind by my client before it gets confisicated or declared unserviceable by the Bank where the above amount were deposited. The said Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confisicated within the next twenty one official working days.

Inconceivable!