Russian spam about spam looks like a ransom note

Like anyone else who’s been on the net for twenty years or more, I’ve had a few email addresses in my time. One of them, which I barely ever use, is for a website I created more than 15 years ago and hardly ever update. And it receives an awful lot of Russian language spam. In fact it gets more Russian spam than spam in any other language.

I don’t particularly mind this, and have never bothered to put an anti-spam filter in place for it. After all, in my line of work it’s kind-of interesting to get to see spam. :)

Here’s an example of some Russian language spam I received last night in that email account:

As you can see, the spammers have created the electronic equivalent of a traditional ransom note. They may not have cut each letter of their ransom demand from a newspaper, but they’ve produced the electronic equivalent. And they are using an image rather than text in the email in an attempt to slip past the more rudimentary anti-spam filters.

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