Got some spam this morning

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Felt I had to share it.  Enjoy it as much as I did.  Of the "17" links
on Google, 10 are actually internal.  I have 803 on Yahoo as of this
morning, all organic:

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Hello, my name is Vicky.  Apologies for contacting you unannounced but
I have just visited your website at and have
provided you with a complimentary service related to this website (see

Just so you know, you are not on any list so this is the only email you
will receive from me.

For your complimentary service I conducted a link check for your
website.  I searched on Google for link:
and found that you have 17 websites linking to you that are in Google's
database (try it, this way you can see lists of websites that link to
any other website).

As you are probably aware, by getting more links pointing at your
website you can achieve much higher rankings on Google, Yahoo and MSN
(because most search engines consider each link as a "vote" for your
website) and thereby increase your profits by attracting many more

Although essential to achieve top rankings, getting large numbers of
websites linking to you is extremely time consuming.

This is where you will really benefit from my company's services.
Using your chosen search terms (we can help you select these if you
wish) we can achieve your top 10  rankings on Google, Yahoo, MSN.  We
do this by using a combination of tried and tested "off-site" (getting
websites linking to you) and "on-site" techniques.

So confident are we, that once your account is opened, we provide you
with a "money back plus" guarantee should we not obtain the top 10
rankings you require.

We have already been extremely successful in obtaining top 10 rankings
on Google, Yahoo and MSN for our many clients and would be pleased to
show you examples.  We are highly confident we can achieve the same
success for you.

You will also be provided with regular rankings reports to keep you
fully informed.  These reports not only detail your own rankings but
also the rankings for your 3 major competitors.  After all, if one of
your competitors has great rankings for a product or service you
provide they are taking business away from you.  This is a familiar
situation that we have reversed many times.

For further details either phone us 24/7 on 0845 0537325 or send an
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informed decision.

Best Regards
Vicky Jiang
Assistant Promotions Manager
61 Praed Street
W2 1NS
Tel: 0845 0537325
My Email:
Email For This Promotion:
Website For This Promotion:
UK Government Approved Supplier of Interactive Websites

PLEASE NOTE: This email is not spam, it was manually sent by an
individual their sole purpose being to introduce ourselves to you with
no obligation on your part, your email address was found to be publicly
available on your website and it has not been added to any list.  We
consider this to be a polite way to contact you and apologise sincerely
if you have been inconvenienced in any way.

Re: Got some spam this morning

On Tue, 28 Nov 2006 02:28:55 -0800, Phil Payne wrote:
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That's one I've not seen before.  Is there such a thing?
Or are they just claiming to meet some kind of standards?

Re: Got some spam this morning

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Found the exact ssame text at - in fact apart
from the domain name it's the exact same spam.  I wonder if their
previous domain name was blocked?

Re: Got some spam this morning

On Tue, 28 Nov 2006 06:48:38 -0800, Phil Payne wrote:

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It looks like the same outfit to me.  I have my filters set up to block
seo stuff, but the filter is a problem because the acronym is so short it
occasionally blocks the wrong stuff.  Hmmm.  Maybe if I or-d it with terms
like 'apologies' and 'spam'...

Re: Got some spam this morning

On Tue, 28 Nov 2006 15:19:35 +0000, mbstevens wrote:

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...that should be 'and-d it'.

Re: Got some spam this morning

Hi PHil,

we received exactly the same spam this morning.
Their site which promotes a gaurantee to get in the top 10 of Google
has a PR0 and is nowhere to be found in the natural serps for any
keyword connected to SEO.

'UK Government Approved Supplier of Interactive Websites'
If i had enough time i would refer them to the office of fair trading.

Re: Got some spam this morning

mbstevens wrote:

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It's interesting to say the least. The company I work is accredited by a
particular government department (specifically by a section of what used
to be the ODPM; which no longer exists), but they were quite clear that
they couldn't, as a government body, "approve" us in any way. All they
could say is that we could supply what we say we can supply.

Dylan Parry |

Programming, n: A pastime similar to banging one's head
against a wall, but with fewer opportunities for reward.

Re: Got some spam this morning

On Tue, 28 Nov 2006 14:13:08 GMT, mbstevens

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It means they deliver late and four times over budget.....<g>


Woe to him that willfully innovates, while ignorant of the constant.

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I personally wouldn't classify that as "spam" so much as basic marketing,
since they did personally look at your site (apparently) and individually
send it to you.

Still, sounds like a crooked deal, but not spam quite so much?

(I guess when I think of "spam" I think of an automated process that sends
out bulk messages, usually mixed in to avoid detection)

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Re: Got some spam this morning

On Wed, 29 Nov 2006 01:00:43 +0000, Jamie wrote:

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I would imagine such tests can be done with a mailing list fed to a little
Python or Perl script quite easily, and the same script could compose the
email. Then they might feed the results to the automated mailer.  It would
take an especially dumb spammer to do everything by hand.

Re: Got some spam this morning

Jamie wrote:

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SPAM to me is unsolicited bluk mail. That same text (with the domain,
name and count of links changed) has been sent to many people. Ergo
it's spam.

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I disagree. It comes from netscanuk hosts which don't have an abuse@ or
postmaster@ address and as such I have reported their hosts to .

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There is nothing in that message that couldn't be done automatically.


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