The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Spammers exploit Steve Irwin's death and other tragedies

Years ago it was much simpler: Princess Di dies in a terrible accident, and the next thing you know, a spammer is hawking Diana tee shirts on line.

Now, it's more subtle. The new scam is for spammers to send out ads for video tributes to fallen celebrities. To see the video, you only need to give them your email address. And oh, yes — the fine print says you give permission to be spammed for life and to have your information sold to other spammers. The spammers call this "permission-based marketing", and like the oppressive EULA's that came with your software, they're probably legal.

Spammers are exploiting the death of Steve Irwin, Anna Nicole Smith, and the victims of 9/11.

For more on the subject, see Security Pro News's article Let Us Spam You, Please and PC Authority article Spam threat from video tribute sites.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"permission-based marketing" ??????

Hahaha, what will they think of next! As if these bastards give a toss whether normal people give their permission or not. We did not give permission to put our addresses on their list and send us huge amounts of spam in the first place.

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you completely. These spammers have absolutely no sense of ethical behavior whatsoever. If it were legal, I would rape their families..

6:18 PM  

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