More on strange spam arriving at ValueIreland.com

Back in July, I wrote about some e-mail messages that I was receiving that initially looked quite legitimate but which I finally concluded to be spam. The Guardian Money Blog website have been getting similar e-mail messages which sort of makes the spam a bit stranger – it seems more focused than normal spam.

Their recent article, It’s spam, but not as we know it, says that this spam is targeting bloggers and newspaper journalists.

I’m still getting the e-mails here. The most recent came from winstonfinancial@gmail.com with the following text:

What do i need to pay monthly as a new home owner?
I was thinking that your advice would be very helpful.  I know you must be very busy so any pointers would be very much appreciated.
Any help would be appreciated.  Thank you very much.  Sincerely, Kim

More bizarrely though, are the messages coming through to my other website SayNoTo1890.com. The first one to that e-mail address also came from winstonfinancial:

Hello,
How to dial an irish number from the uk?
I know you are probably very busy but I was hoping you could give me a couple pointers.
Any info much appreciated.  I am very grateful for your help.  Regards, Leanne

While the most recent one came from fairfieldschools@gmail.com had the following telecoms specific content also:

Hello,
How to dial an irish number from the uk?
I know you are probably very busy but I was hoping you could give me a couple pointers.
Any info much appreciated.  I am very grateful for your help.  Regards, Leanne

It’s a mystery as to where it’s coming from, and how it’s generated. There are some interesting comments and speculation on the Guardian Money Blog article above, but no answers.

Any bloggers out there getting similarly specialised spam recently? Anyone have any theories as to where they’re coming from?

One Response to More on strange spam arriving at ValueIreland.com

  1. Steve September 8, 2009 at 09:42 #

    I presume it’s spammers/scammers doing a bit of research before they word their next deluge – looking to make their number for “AIB” look legit by ensuring it’s valid, or else wanting to autodial Irish numbers from a UK robot “You have won the lottery! Call this premium number to claim”…

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