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According to reports, quite a few people have received email spams recently
which have no body to them but bear the subject line:
the contents of Aardvark's "million-dollar ideas" notebook
are revealed for all to see!
Please call me on 021 143 8343
The sender address may vary, but in the case of the emails I received it
was email@example.com. I quickly realised that this was a bulk emailing
because several of my addresses were hit in quick succession and I know that
those addresses are in sequence on several readily available spamlists.
The email was forwarded by a Compass.net.nz IP: 126.96.36.199
I was going to ignore the messages until I received an email from a reader
who suggested that Julian Angelo -- an infamous spammer and spam-list broker
is behind the messages. (Ref 1,
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To date, I've been unable to raise Julian and calls to the number quoted
in the email appear to produce some character who says "this is my
mate's phone" and claims not to have a clue about what's going on.
Information forwarded by a reader alleges that those who responded to
the email were being told that their web-pages were no good and that
they needed "a creative force fueled by a dynamic team-centric
that fosters solutions-oriented thinking."
Now I must make it clear that, despite repeated efforts, I've been unable to
nail down Mr Angelo to get his side of this story so what I'm presenting here
is the result of information passed on to me by third parties so far.
According to this information, the phone call Angelo, now operating as
CloneSmart.com (and a lookup confirms him as the registrant of that domain)
and is pitching himself as a make-over artist for tired websites.
Here's an extract from the email forwarded to me:
"Clone Smart is a hybrid between a traditional branding
company and an interactive agency. Our purpose is to
explore new modes of brand communication through using
emerging information technologies. Since its interception,
Clone Smart has evolved into an industry recognized
creative force fueled by a dynamic team- centric that
fosters solutions- oriented thinking."
For a communications company they sure do have a lot of obfuscated
words in that tiny fragment of text eh?
A list of sites from CloneSmart's portfolio were also included -- but
more on that tomorrow.
The bottom line is that if you receive an email that doesn't adequately
explain the identity of the sender or the purpose of the communications
then just delete it. Life's too short to waste any of it responding
Hey Dick, That's Not Nice!
Another reader dropped me a line describing how he and a friend went to
great efforts last week to be first in the queue outside a Dick Smith store
so as to qualify for one of the free copies of Windows XP that were being
Turns out that even though they were first to the counter on launch-day morning
so as to claim their prize they were told "Sorry, but we have sold out."
The reader asks (quite reasonably) -- what's going on here?
They were definitely first through the door and to the counter, and retail
versions of Windows XP wasn't supposed to be sold before that time -- so
where did the promotional copies disappear to in the blink of an eye?
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who put their money where their mouse is :-)
If guilt is gnawing away inside you then there's still time to donate.
Just drop by and
hand over your loot.
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