understanding spammers

okay, here is something that i absolutely have to get off my chest:

what goes on in the head of spammers?

and what, specifically, is the process of coming up with these amazing names, like

abhorrence p. versifying
amateurism g. causal
ambiguities u. magnetos
annihilation j. silliness
arnulfo mcleod

(more at the end of this entry – i don’t want to spam your reading time with the remaining 41 names, from demetrius column to zelma mooney)

so, someone tell me how this works.

is there are spammers’ name factory? if so, how does it work? is it automated, or is it a dingy old industrial complex in manila, where 13-year-olds write their fingers bloody with name after name for a starvation wage?

are spammers so bored with what they do that they entertain themselves with coming up with these names?

is there perhaps a secret spammers’ naming olympics, or some kind of grammy award for the most inventive spammer’s name?

or is it something you learn in spammers school?

or are they perhaps all high on VI*a*GRA or h OO dia?

one last thing: do these people know the words they’re using – i mean, are they even aware of the hilarity of these names? think about the irony of “annihilation j. silliness” sending you a completely inane message.

on the other hand, “experiencing a. pit” probably knows what she/he/it is doing.

i tried to find some material on the psychology of spammers and haven’t come up with anything at all. maybe i need to dig deeper. considering how big (and irritating) spamming is in our internet lives, it’s suprising that i didn’t find anything yet.

anyways, here’s the rest of the names.

demetrius column
democritus mateo
disbarring f. lunatic
emulsified u. carrier
eridanus h. sweatier
exorcized h. scuttle
experiencing a. pit
fry dempster
genaro lovett,
godiva stanley
guadalupe harper;
harebrained l. ramrodded
heidi champagne;
highchairs p. polyphemus
hohenstaufen v. sicking
inflorescence b. afghan.
jernigan fletcher,
jocundity h. sulkiness
joris dng
kermit clinton
leaching k. criming
lofting c. amendable
maillol l. shrews
microwaving c. grammes
monomania i. buxom
morocco s. yanking
morse k. commencement
pacifically t. gloss
pauperism p. perimeter
pocahontas e. maharajas
propitiate f. mockingly
schlessman lankford
shrub b. nipples
steers q. bloodhound
stress f. obelisks
trammelled s. intercessions
vercingetorix brick
yesenia hopkins,
young alford,
zaida coxum,
zelma mooney

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7 thoughts on “understanding spammers

  1. Jeff

    Hmm….. I don’t get spam mail. Perhaps having an AOL account is the reason for this ? They do have nice security and firewall protection that is constantly up-dating itself. I have my mail preferences set to allow anyone to send me mail. This had to be done in order to be able to recieve responces to resumes sent out during my job searching. Yet I don’t get mail from people I don’t know. *shrugs* oh well, I will consider myself lucky.

  2. Jeff

    Hmm….. I don’t get spam mail. Perhaps having an AOL account is the reason for this ? They do have nice security and firewall protection that is constantly up-dating itself. I have my mail preferences set to allow anyone to send me mail. This had to be done in order to be able to recieve responces to resumes sent out during my job searching. Yet I don’t get mail from people I don’t know. *shrugs* oh well, I will consider myself lucky.

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  5. Marc Olmsted

    Actually, those names are all randomly generated by spam programs who are trying to fool filters. No person is making them up at all.

    I do find some of the accidental poetry rendered by the paragraphs made up of different lines from literature often oddly beautiful. There are whole websites devoted to it. http://www.spampoetry.org/

  6. Marc Olmsted

    Actually, those names are all randomly generated by spam programs who are trying to fool filters. No person is making them up at all.

    I do find some of the accidental poetry rendered by the paragraphs made up of different lines from literature often oddly beautiful. There are whole websites devoted to it. http://www.spampoetry.org/

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