This is just plain BS. It should be illegal to send SPAM like this. Most SPAM’s I can just ignore without even giving it a second thought…. Why the (*&# would someone send me a SPAM that said something like this?
highlyregardedsalmon: Hey, I know this is weird, but I don’t know who else to turn to. I’m thinking about. . .you know. . .ending it all. Can we talk?
While I was just doing my thing and working away, this came to my Yahoo! Messenger. The difficult part is… I recognize this ID because I think I received SPAM from this before! Not that repeat spammers are more welcome or anything, it’s just there is a small, or a very tiny, possibility there might be a “real” human behind this.
At the end of the day though, it’s not someone I know. And, I don’t want to encourage spammers or give out any sort of information to them.
It’s just that this is the most freaking weird SPAM that I have ever received in my life. Maybe that’s because I wasn’t expecting it.
Do you think I did the right thing by not replying? Has anyone else received a SPAM from email@example.com?
Let me know if you also have an interesting SPAM story to share.
EDIT: It was a Salmon Bot
I did a quick research and found out that this is Salmon Bot. It works in a really interesting matter. Salmon Bots let you chat with another user with both you and the other user under the pretense that this bot is the person with whom you are chatting.
You can read more about the Salmon Bots here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheGreatHatsby
And, this is the original link that made me realize that this is a Salmon Bot: http://friendfeed.com/evansims/likes. Scroll down to Mark Krynsky, the fourth person on the list, and click on “more comments”. It’s actually a funny post because the guy thought the IM he received was a salmon baking brownies. 😀
Update: Another salmon bot: upendedsalmon
Just got this one today (2009/6/11):
upendedsalmon: I don’t believe your lies.
I marked it as SPAM immediately.