Some time back I received a spam email that was blank. This is understandable, actually; probably just someone trying out a list of email addresses. I also got one containing the cryptic text “podmena traffica test“; this turned out also to be a “spoofing traffic test”. Now I’ve got a bit of comment spam, which also seemed mysterious, until I dug into it a bit. From my email:
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “Why I Write“:
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Publish this comment.
Reject this comment.
Moderate comments for this blog.
The deleted URL is to a French eBay site, “acheter levitra” is French for “buy Levitra,” which is a brand name of Vardenafil, which is, of course, a Viagra clone. So this is essentially random pseudo-English text with a “buy Viagra” link, depending on the 1% of people who click on such links and the 1% of people who buy to pay for the cost of putting this spam on my blog. Charming.
UPDATE: I got a similar post of with a less obvious spam form, targeting one of the more popular pages on my blog (can you say pooound cake?):
“I found this site using [url=http://google.com]google.com[/url] And i want to thank you for your work. You have done really very good site. Great work, great site! Thank you! Sorry for offtopic”
But the [url=XXX]TEXT[/url] pattern was a dead giveaway. A search on Google for [centaur] – SO anyway, a search on Google for that nonsense revealed that the exact text of that comment has appeared elsewhere. So this is just more comment spam, trying to see if comments are unmoderated here.
Comment flattering! But reeejected.