I recently told a follower on Twitter to send me an email, and helpfully included the email in the tweet. I thought little of it; this is an email address that is published in plain text online because I want people to be able to find it easily. I am well aware that it will eventually get harvested by spammers, and as a result have multiple levels of spam detection software running on the address.
Moments later, I receive an email:
We have found that your email is shared in tweets. We advise you to hide your email from spammers by sharing email address as an image or hide it behind a url.
Visit us at : [REDACTED] to find how you can do this.
Happy Twitting !!!
“2 million emails are sent every second. About 70% to 72% of them might be spam and viruses.”
(I’m a little sad that the web doesn’t let you see all the lovely extra spaces in the message, too. It is truly a work of negative-space-leveraging art.)
I was curious how you would classify this email, and Wikipedia provided a concise definition:
E-mail spam, also known as junk e-mail or unsolicited bulk e-mail (UBE), is a subset of spam that involves nearly identical messages sent to numerous recipients by e-mail
This message is unsolicited email. Based on the format of the email, it is apparent that they are sending this nearly identical message to numerous recipients.
So why would I trust a spammer to protect me from spammers?
Oh, right, I wouldn’t. Blocked and reported for spam.
The ways that people find to abuse Twitter never cease to amaze me.
Incidentally, I have just finished twitting the fools who sent this email. Had I posted to Twitter instead, I would be “tweeting”. Words matter, people. Even if you’re a sleazy spammer.