Monday, October 9, 2017

SPAM


No, not this kind though I could do a post on it for I really like Spam, especially fried. I tend to keep cans of Spam plus a bunch of fruit cakes as my emergency food supply as we await the storm we have been promised that will follow the calm.  Actually, I am still awaiting that theoretical calm. 
The spam I am referring to are the unsolicited emails that fill up our inbox trying to sell us something.

For too long now I have been getting about 20 of these delights each morning trapped in my spam filter, Greymail.  I love the function, just hate that it is always so full.  The primary content was what annoys me the most.

Some how I was put on a list that seems to think I have a male body part that need enhancing.  Also, they are concerned that since I must be a barely functioning male, I am not having a sufficient  love life.

Women from a large variety of countries offer me pleasure. Yikes.  Sprinkled in among the sex ads and those for medicinal romantic aids are a few ads for RayBan sunglasses or enticements to use an amazing Robot that will make me millions.

Ok, I am careful what sites I visit or so I thought.  I have never visited porn sites nor have I ever inquired about Viagra or the twin bathtub pill.

Recently I discovered what brought this all on. Most of you know I love baseball, especially my Marlins. Well my team did better this year but we are still not in the playoffs so basically my season is over.  Thus I quit visiting the team's official site on Oct. 1 which was the end of the regular season.

Suddenly those passionate women have quit begging to thrill me. Viagra ads no longer show up.  In just two weeks time, my sex spam has dropped steadily from 20 a day zero. Very suspicious.

Did that site sell my address?  Do the buyers assume that if someone follows sports that they must be a poorly endowed male looking for love?  That is harsh.  Men, I'd be offended if I were you.

While I have no actual proof, the results lean towards this conclusion.  Beware of sport sites unless you are looking for a nice Russian girl to talk dirty to you or you need some cheap blue pills.

Do you get a lot of spam?  Have you figured the source?

57 comments :

  1. I think I'd rather have your spam than mine. I get a lot from banks and credit card companies trying to "save" me from someone hacking an account I don't have. At least yours you know is pure out spam you don't need to read. Mine I have to stop and think is this for real or not. I block senders but it doesn't seem to do any good. I still get a couple every day.

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    1. Jean R,
      I get those too and I ignore them. My filter catches them so I trust it saw something wrong.

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  2. Much of my spam comes from the past political campaign and the places I donated money. They don't want to give up now, just because it's over. The real spam I don't even see and sometimes forget to visit the garbage bin. :-)

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    1. Djan,
      I try not to donate over the internet. I was afraid of getting pestered like that also. My garbage comes in one email which I can check or delete easily.

      Delete
  3. I get those phony bank ones also. I have two email accounts, I only get the Russian girls and blue pill offers on yahoo, I assume their filter is lousy.

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    1. joeh,
      Smart idea to have two accounts. My filter catches them but lets me decide if I want to view or delete. Never a tough choice.

      Delete
  4. I get incredible amounts of spam and I don't follow any kind of sports teams or have any interest in porn sites but I must have some kind of target on my head out there in cyberspace.

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    1. Olga,
      Yikes. Maddening when you don't know how you got on their list. That was where I was till I figured it out. Hope they get tired of bugging you.

      Delete
  5. We don't get a lot of spam, but that's mostly because we have a pretty good spam filter on our email accounts. What I do notice is that if we order something online, the seller of said item tends to bombard us relentlessly with more offers.

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    1. robin,
      Hum, I don't get that thank goodness. Hope I didn't speak too soon.

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    2. I get bombarded like that too, but because I have bought something from them in the past I don't count it as spam. Eventually when I no longer buy anything they'll stop.

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    3. River,
      A lot have mentioned that and oddly, I don't get those but I mostly shop Amazon.

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  6. I rarely get spam but, like Robin I get furious when I order something Online and the company seems to suddenly have an ad on most Websites. So I have actually written companies to say I will NEVER purchase from them again. I'm sure it goes unnoticed by them but it makes me feel better.

    Our biggest problem is robo-phone calls. Despite blocking numbers and being on the "do not call" registry, we get several a day, usually clustered around lunch time or dinner time. When you block the number, they simply switch to another one.

    As for the "real" Spam, my mother loved it and served it far to often. Once I left home I never tasted another bite.

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    1. Carolyn,
      I find when I just view a item on the internet, like you, it starts showing up on every page there after. Grr.
      My Dad was like you with Spam. In WWII he worked building airstrips in Alaska and the meat of choice by the Govt.was Spam. He hated it.

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  7. Ordering online is the culprit instigator for me. But that ain't gonna stop, so I just keep trying to cull them out. I save one email address ONLY for orders, so it doesn't clutter my other personal email.

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    1. Silver Willow,
      You are smart like joeh having two addresses. I'll keep that in mind if the junk picks up again.

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  8. My spam emails all go into a separate file. I never look at it unless someone says they sent me an email and it never arrived. Then I will look to see if it went in my spam folder. Otherwise they will delete after 30 days so I don't need to worry. However you have now made me curious to see what is being sent to me.

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    1. Annie,
      I do check mine daily to see if an innocent got dumped into the pile of disgust. Then I delete with one click. Hope yours is at least interesting.

      Delete
  9. I get a quarantine report from my NC Connect server and, although I check it because every once in awhile something legit gets in there, it's a big help to get rid of all the spam in one swipe.
    HOWEVER ... I can't say that I've ever gotten the ones you refer to. Either I'm a saint or very boring !!!

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    1. Ginnie,
      Ha ha, don't feel badly. So far you are doing something right.

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  10. Darn! I just looked into a Rams site because of a blog post I was going to put up about a license plate I saw that had the Rams football team on it. I'm going to look at my spam collection now.

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    1. Kay,
      Yikes, I sure hope the Rams aren't careless like my Marlins are. Good luck.

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  11. Nope. I got home security, travel, medicare, Trump repeal. Well, somebody is selling my address for sure.

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    1. Kay,
      Hope it stays innocent. Kind of irritates one that they will sell our information like that.

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  12. Oh Yes ---I get it.... On my Mac, it goes into my JUNK file... I will glance through that file and then just delete them all. I used to let it bother me but decided it wasn't worth the effort..... I don't think there's a darn thing we can do to stop it....

    I used to write the company and tell them to take me off of their list... WELL--what did they do? They sent my email to about 6 other companies.. SO--I stopped that!!!!!!

    I guess if it really bothers you, you can change your email address...That would be such a hassle and I don't think I'd ever do it because they would have 'won'.....

    We never answer our home phone since those crappy calls come in no matter what you do... IF someone needs us, they will leave a voice mail....

    I think it's a no-win situation...

    Now--let's have a Spam Picnic (eating the real thing).... ha

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Betsy,
      Well so far I am still at zero sex ads so I am happy. Like you, I hate those phone calls but I just never answer if I don't know the number.

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  13. I get about 50 emails a day which go directly to spam. They must think I'm a man, too!!

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    1. Fran,
      Ha ha, we just don't have the right plumbing for this job.

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  14. I seldom check Spam but am always surprised how large it’s gotten between the times I check. The stuff that comes through to my email can usually be traced to something I’ve done, political, something I’ve purchased etc.

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    1. Linda,
      I only check for an innocent that may have gotten thrown in jail with the other junk. It's rare but I'd feel badly if I hurt a friend ignoring their mail. Sigh.

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  15. I rarely get spam in my email however my snail mail is a different thing entirely. I guess the whole world knew when I turned 65 because I received so many medicare insurance supplement advertisements and still do almost every day. The thing that gets me is the mail I receive wanting to sell me burial plots and cremation packages!

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    1. Bonnie,
      I'm still getting those at 78 so I don't hold out hope for you that those will go away. Burial plots is a bit harsh though.

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  16. That is cause for concern - Viagra ads no longer showing up.
    For me its a deluge of cards now.
    Your Credit Card is approved.
    Your application for Credit Card is rejected.

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    1. Haddock,
      Coincidence?? I don't think so for the timing was spot on. I've gotten those credit card ones also. Wonder if these guys ever get any bites with all the bait they throw out?

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  17. I never look at my junk mail, so if I get that stuff, I don't know. I don't think so, however, and I do follow an NFL team and an MLS team.
    Anyway, gross.

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    1. Linda R,
      Gotta agree. You may have them but if you can ignore them, wonderful. I only see them when I look for real mail caught in the trap.

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  18. There was a period of time when I was bombarded with those male enlargement pitches. Not sure when they stopped, but never knew why they started. I hadn’t visited any sports sites as best I can recall. I still receive occasional endearing messages wanting to be my lady friend. Also, get a number of pitches for $$$millions stuck in som other country they want my help to access and for me. I have no idea where these come from.

    I, too, keep spam on hand for emergency. Have always liked it though it’s not part of my regular diet.

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    1. joared,
      They do try our patience don't they? Only on occasion I will get a need for the canned version but other wise it is in my emergency supplies. Keeps forever.

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  19. I get a ton of spam every day! An occasional Rayban one, but 99.9% is comments I leave on blogs getting caught as emails somehow and the filter is filled with "your message could not be delivered etc etc" and I have NO idea how to stop this.

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    1. River,
      Hum, I have gotten a few of those also but never checked further for fear it was dangerous spam. The internet can be scary.

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  20. I guess I should check my spam more often. I really don't know what I get.
    I think you arrived at a good conclusion about the sports
    thing for your spam. Very interesting.

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    1. Belva,
      So far, I am still getting zero sex spam. Ahhhhhh.

      Delete
  21. D Jan could have written my comment for me. "Much of my spam comes from the past political campaign and the places I donated money." I also forget to check my spam folder. Am I supposed to do that? Oops!

    This is such a humorous post on such an annoying topic. Loved it.

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    1. bellarum,
      So glad your enjoyed the humor. That was my aim. Naw, it's optional. The only reason I do check mine is to see if some friendly faces got trapped in there by mistake.

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  22. By the time I get to the email, G has filtered it for me. I miss all the fun...and it is probably my fault as I visit some WWII pages.

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    1. Mage,
      Lucky you. You have the email filter plus G. You are quite secure.

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  23. I don't get that kind of spam that you're talking about anymore, at least not at my Gmail or Hotmail. I probably get that kind in my Yahoo, but since I don't use Yahoo anymore, it doesn't bother me.

    The bulk of my Gmail spam is from an online Russian pharmacy, which I never click on, while the bulk of my Hotmail spam is simply from companies that I did business with once, but who keep inundating my e-mail with ads/promos.

    I Are Writer!

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    1. G.B. Miller,
      I had heard that about Yahoo but don't have them so can't confirm. I order just about everything from Amazon and they don't seem to bother me with follow up mail---yet.

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  24. Datamining is big business. But it doesn't lead to correct conclusions. According to my spam, I am a male who needs female companionship after I get male enhancement pills from a Canadian Pharmacy. Or I might be a postmenopausal woman with hot flashes who needs a supplemental medicare policy because I suffer from a mulitude of health problems. And the IRS wants to help me and I have credit card problems.

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    1. Annie,
      Ha ha, we are evidently in the same demographic. Your email sounds a lot like mine--till recently. I often wonder if these folks ever get anyone to check out their ads.

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  25. I used to get a fair amount of spam e mail. None since I went to DuckDuckGo as my home page.

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    1. Brig,
      Hum, never heard of them. I'll check it out. Thanks.

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  26. I do get too much spam email. It is annoying I agree.

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    1. Terra,
      I just wonder if these spammers actually make a living annoying us.

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  27. I don't really get any spam anymore now, I almost feel jealous. I want to hear from all these Russian girls looking for love. ;)

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  28. Yikes somehow I've missed all this or.... Mrs. T. who gets up earlier than me has deleted them all before I get up. Oops maybe I should rephrase that?

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  29. I have my spam filter set to delete emails with certain words in the subject line. I do run the risk of deleting an email from a friend who thinks it is hot outside but I just warn friends not to have sexy words in their subject line.

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