Thursday, May 27, 2004

the wall has been breached! will spam-calamity follow?

Sometimes people ask why I list my e-mail address below with "at" and "dot" rather than just listing the e-mail address normally or, more conveniently, setting up a mailto: link. I do this because the sinister spam companies have various virtual robots that do nothing but troll the web looking for fresh e-mail addresses that they can add to the roster of targets for spam-salvos. So far, this tactic has worked, and my sbcglobal account has evaded lists for any kind of spam. Just now, however, the first piece of spam has paratrooped into my inbox, a missive from the spam advance scout "Armando Hickey" (a Canadian, apparently):
-----Original Message-----

From: Hickey []
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2004 8:46 PM
Subject: mort.gage rates dropped Lower again! ... Free Quote!
From:   Armando

CC: L.oan Department
Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 20:45:40 -0500
Re: L.oan preap.roval
We have reviewed you information and glad to inform you that you qualify

for 3.2% mor.tgage r.ate under our company le.nding program.
Please use this URL below to enter final details and our manager will 

contact you ASAP.
We look forward to doing business with you.
Best Regards

CEO: Armando Hickey
1st Mor tga ge Group
How quickly will the larger invasion of this account begin? I feel like the rebels on the snow planet in The Empire Strikes Back after that probe-robot had found their base. That is, doomed. Do not be surprised if I make a strategic retreat to Gmail soon!

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