The Most BS SPAM to Ever Appear in My Yahoo Messenger

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 highlyregardedsalmon@yahoo.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.

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Mergen

Born in 1979. Lived, studied, and worked in the US from 1992-2007. Currently in Mongolia since 2007. Own and manage WebGuru Co Ltd (www.WEBGURU-CO.COM), an internet marketing and web design / development company based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

6 thoughts on “The Most BS SPAM to Ever Appear in My Yahoo Messenger”

  1. I used to have a blog that I operated with a method to get rid of this, but what it boils down to is that these “Salmon bots” are finding peoples Y!,AIM, MSN etc names via Livejournal. If you mention it on your profile information there is a large chance that they will message you.

  2. Looks like they implemented an “optout” feature:

    “We have chosen to provide you with a new ability. You may now send a message such as “$optout” to any of our robotic fish. This will permanently prevent all Project Upstream communications from reaching your account.”

    So just reply to the message with $optout and it then sends you back a confirmation. Seems to work. Thought I’d post that here since you’re the #1 google result for the salmon-nick which contacted me.

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