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Mon 27th Aug, 2007

The truly bizarre world of spam, part 0001

Normally I can get just under 100 spam messages per day, a record I'd be proud to not have achieved. This is really because, for years, I've been using SpamCop to deal with spam, and thus have no fear in leaving my email address in the clear all over the place. Even the emails that get past it and get into my home email can be dumped into their checkers, and I like to believe it's an active step in trying to stop (or at least slow down) the spammers.

Every once in a while I get a spam that is truly bizarre, however. I'm not just talking about spam with no text, or spam advertising web sites that don't (yet) exist; something like this:

    FBI  FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION.
                                       ANTI-CRIME CONTROL
                                  UNITPENTAGON-WASHINGTON DC.
                                  Email : dept_justice2006@yahoo.it

Att: Sir/ Madam,
Be informed that the America ( FBI) is Monitoring all your movement,
so stop  communicate with any other person again for your payment.
This is to bring to your notice that the FBI eagle eyes discovered
earlier today, that those scammers  are reaching you again,They are
 acting
under  disguise telling you that,you are going to received your funds,
meanwhile, asking you to pay for charges, those scam message that has
been sent to you has been noted here in our office  ok.
The FBI have earlier warned you, and still warning you again to be very
careful. Becouse every transaction from Nigeria for now and concentrate
 on the one you have with the FBI.
Also be informed that the FBI is monitoring every bit of your movement.
Any attempt by you to send any money to Nigeria will be tracked down
by the FBI.

CONSIDER YOUR AGE AND DO NOT INDULGE YOURSELF IN ANYTHING THAT WOULD
PUT YOU BEHIND THE BAR .

The FBI is here to protect you but you are going behind us to
perpetuate yourself in unclean affairs with Nigerians.
We are going to assit you legally to claim your funds from those
scammers, without you spending any scent ok, hope this is very clear to
you?

Note: the America FBI will direct you on how to claim your funds with
out going through the bad eggs again.
Our international presence currently consists of more than 50 small
Legal Attaché offices (Legats) in U.S. embassies and consulates around
the world.

Their goals? Simple:

1. To stop foreign crime as far from American  0ff _ shores as
 possible.
2. To help solve international crimes that do occur as quickly as
 possible.
3. Make sure all America citizen who are scam vintins cover all there
Funds back without any fee again, or fell into any more problems.
More directive will be sent to you as soon as we hear from you again.
 
 Thanks,
BE WARNED!!!

Regards
Ms. Mary Howards.
Cheif Secretary.
Email : dept_justice2006@yahoo.it
FBI PENTAGONWASHINGTON DC
There are so many bits of bizarre weirdness in there that I almost don't know where to start. An FBI chief secretary sending from a yahoo.it address? "BEHIND THE BAR"? "vintins"? Why would anyone even bother to reply to them? It's like the spam equivalent of yak shaving - something so far removed from spam that it's almost ceased to be meaningful and yet seems, somehow, to be related to the original purpose of separating clueless people from money. I didn't even bother to file this one with SpamCop, since they really can only take action on websites advertised by spam and this just doesn't even get close.

Bizarre.

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