Monday, January 09, 2006

Email Comment Spam

I got an unusual comment spam tonight. There was no link, but an email address. So clearly this spammer is aiming at people rather than search engines, right? Well, not quite.

I'm very sorry to post this in your comments section but I like your blog and think you may have a good chance of getting listed at our blog directory, "High Class Blogs."

Contact me at if you are interested.

Ethan Potter

Posted by Anonymous at 1/09/2006 06:40:28 PM

According to the site, is a "Non Profit Blog Directory." They even have "reviewers" and require approval for entries they receive. They have to be sure you link back to them. That is how their spam works, they spam you to get you to voluntary link to them.

Some of their categories sure look non-spammy:

BlackjackFantasy BasketballLoans
Airline TicketsFantasy FootballMedicine
BloggingFantasy SportsOnline Gambling
Blue BookFootballOnline Shopping
CelebrityFootball BettingSalaries
Celebrity OopsFootball PicksSales
ChristianForeclosuresSearch Engine Optimization
Christian DatingGamblingSex Sites
College BasketballGame-OnlineShopping
College Football Harley Davidson Motorcycles Small Business
Computer DesksHome BusinessTexas Hold 'em Poker
Credit ReportsHome Equity LoanWork At Home
ExtremeHome Improvement
Fantasy BaseballHome Loans

They also do email spam apparently.

Update: During the time I was writing my (Feb 7) comment below, the site owner put up a notice that they have received complaints and instructed their volunteers to stop leaving these comment spams on blogs. I am happy to see that, but we will have to wait and see if it really stops.

High Class Blogs is a non profit org. More than likely, this message was posted by an overeager volunteer.
Clearly this is spam. It can't be explained any other way. It doesn't matter if the site is for profit or not.

Another example of Ethan's spam. And another and another.

How about a few from Steve?

And a couple from Dennis.

If those aren't enough, try this Google search.

Here is a blog about a bad experience by someone who fell for signing up.

If this is due to over eager volunteers, the owners need to have a strong talk with their volunteers. They are making the whole project look bad.
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