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11-Aug-2010

Yeah, that’s really CAN-SPAM compliant

Filed under: Spam — codeman38 @ 10:20 am

So I just received this spam from some sort of extermination service. Well, at least that’s what I think it is judging from the subject line, since none of the images in it are ALT-tagged (click to enlarge):

Screenshot of pest control spam.

But wait, what’s this? There’s a link at the top to “report this message as S P A M”! Let’s see what happens if I click on it, since I’ve already got SpamAssassin installed anyway to take care of these people when they’re finally blacklisted:

Screenshot of a browser window with an AOL logo and text reading "Thank you! Please click the link to the right to return to your AOL Webmail."

That’s funny, I thought I received this on my Zone38 address, not my AOL one. In fact, I’d wager that most of the people getting this spam probably aren’t getting it via AOL.

(And no, in case you were curious, the link on the right doesn’t lead to an AOL phishing page, nor to the actual AOL mail site – it just closes the window.)

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