Pages and pages of Spam… where do these people come from?


It's not just for lunch any more.

There’s been an increase lately in the amount of Spam comments Under The LobsterScope is drawing… from all over the globe. Aside from the usual rush of porn services and Christian dating organizations which seem to want to play with my little atheist life, I’m getting a ton of relatively meaningless post which re really designed to get people to click on their sources, thus providing free advertising for all kinds of services, legal or spurious.

The software I use to eliminate the Spammers from the legitimate list of commentors is working just fine, thanks, but it is at times when I go away from the blog for a stretch, as I did overnight, that they tend to build up in the “check me” area (which I usually ignore.)

Here are some samples I discovered this morning (without providing any source addresses):

I’m extremely impressed along with your writing talents and also with the format on your blog. Is this a paid subject matter or did you modify it yourself? Either way stay up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to peer a great blog like this one nowadays..
(linked to a detail picture I ran almost a year ago of Los Angeles’  Watts Towers)

This is my own first time i really visit here. I found so many interesting stuff into your blog, most definitely its chat. From the a ton of comments for your articles, I’m assuming I am not the only one having every one of the enjoyment right! Keep up the good work.
(linked to another picture I ran almost a year ago of the Watts Towers)

Submit could be very well composed, and never forgetting to mention that it can be incredibly informative at the same time. Kudos for you for that excellent career well accomplished there!
(from someone who is selling a self-improvement program at his site looking for free advertising)

Greetings! I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Austin Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic work!
(sent from someone in Gdansk… is that near Austin? BTW, also a response to a Watts Tower Detail from months ago.)

Aside from an unusual idea that if they link to a picture or article on the Watts Towers I’ll let them run their merry scam… thus telling me that their prime target is someone searching for California tourist info… The fact that they assume outrageous compliments to my posts will get them “under the rabbit fence”, so to speak, implies that they see my ego as attackable.

It’s not.

They also have a major lack of mastery of English (which is why so many of them seem to be coming from Russia or Poland… not to mention the ones with Chinese characters that are unreadable to me or my ID software and are thus automatically eliminated.

I assume most of this stuff is coming from automatically generated lists based on key words… I can’t imagine someone is actually wasting real, personal time trying to trick me into running their dreck. Although is someone really wants to use UTL as a vehicle for garbage promotion, I sure wish they would reconsider.

About btchakir

Retired Theatre Producer, Graphic Designer, Usability Tester and General Troubleshooter with a keen interest in Politics and The Stage. Currently heard on WSHC, 89.7 FM (on line at and occasionally dabbling in Community Theatre.

Posted on October 10, 2011, in Advertising, atheism, blogs, Business, creativity, editorial, ethics, Internet, Lies, Opinion, sex, Technology, Warning, Word from Bill and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I should add I just got a loooooonnnnnng letter from a Mrs. henry who’s dying of cancer in Senegal – she’s a widow and a good christian with some money (a tidy sum) her husband left – she wants to see it go to some good CHRISTIAN charity and got my name off the internet.
    Wow. I’m a Christian and I could use some charity but these people are even more stupid than they believe us to be gullible.

  2. Yea, what is it? I had Askimet and was getting inundated. Then somebody suggested Capcha which now has an upgraded version that requires you to write letters that are moving. It looks really cool and the spam stopped for a while — now I get twice as many.
    Advice anybody???

  3. This is not “a major lack of mastery of English (which is why so many of them seem to be coming from Russia”

    It is easily caught by English heckers in all text editors.

    It is being done to escape or confuse spam filters.

    BTW, I came to this article due to comment with link to this article in my blog (was caught as spam)

    First,a few minutes ago, I commented from my user, it is disappeared silently.
    It is always the same on blogs under my user credentials

    Now, I am trying to post after logging off from my, but I am curious whether my previous comment is available or owner of the blog does not even have access to my comments (when I post under my user)?

  4. a fellow wordpress blogger, i feel your pain. we just recently upped our anti-spam comment software. We’re eliminating 10-20 spam comments a day. Many of the ones you feature above are common to us as well!

    +1 to the notion that they find other ways to self promote, that do not affect our blogs

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