Warning: Easter Spam Messages with Bogus Offers

Easter Spam Sample
Easter Spam Sample
Easter Spam Sample

Easter Sunday fall on 31st March in 2013. Symantec Probe Network detected spam messages related to Easter that offer bogus offers.

Users are adviced to be cautious when handling unsolicited or unexpected emails. Here are some of the email headers observed for Easter related spam:

  • Subject: XXX, Get your Easter savings on all vehicles
  • Subject: Shop Easter toys, baskets, plush and more
  • Subject: HappyEasterInAdvance,
  • Subject: Fun and Unique Easter Gifts
  • Subject: Celebrate Easter with a Personalized Gift
  • Subject: Easter eCard
  • Subject: Easter flowers at exceptional savings – shop now
  • Subject: Make the Easter bunny jealous! Easter flowers – from $19.99
  • Subject: Challenge Ends Easter weekend
  • Subject: Easter is hopping your way…and so are $19.99 bouquets!
  • Subject: 25-free spins on xxx this-Easter
  • Subject: Letter From Easter Bunny For Your Child

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How To: Review Every Facebook Tags of You and Stop Tagging Spam

Facebook tagFacebook (FB) has roll out new update for Facebook tags review, which allows you to control what happens when friends tag you or your content.

In this article, you will learn how to review every FB tags by anyone before they go on your profile page. (By default, friends’ tags are auto approved.)

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OMG! I Love Spam Comments!

LOVE BUG (nestled in a tin of spam)I cannot believe that I am saying this, “Yes, I love spam comments!”. Reading the spam comments make me feel good. Here are some of them:

I truly loved this brilliant article. Please continue this awesome work. Regards, XXXX.

Amazing write-up man, I fully like the look and also the feel of this unique weblog. You write totally well, you should be a aware guy. Will undeniably come back

I have been surfing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the Internet will be much more useful than ever before.

Following searching Google I found your site. I think both are good and I will be coming back again to you and them in the long term. Many thanks

I can see that you are an expert at your field! I am launching a website soon, and your information will be very useful for me.. Thanks for all your help and wishing you all the success.

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Warning: Paid Links = Spam by Google

Text Link Ads is Spam
One of the best ways to improve your website’s ranking in search engines is by getting backlinks from other websites.

In 2006, some paid links market websites like Text Link Ads (TLA) started to grow. Many webmasters/bloggers received easy money by selling paid links on their blog. Me too.

Then, Google started penalizing those websites which buy/sell paid links. I quit selling paid links that time.

However, there are still many websites are buying/selling paid links. Reason because, for advertisers, it is a fast way to improve search engine rank for their selected keywords. For publishers, it is a easy money that does not require you to do anything but only putting a few links on your website.

People ask Google again and again whether the paid link consider as SPAM or not. Google has reconfirmed by replying using their Google Webmaster Twitter account that they are considering links via sites like Text-Link-Ads as SPAM.

GoogleWebmaster: buying links via TLA is SPAM

“Since we hear this question again and again: Yes we de consider buying links via http://tinyurl.com/39epw3 and similar services as spam.”

The tinyurl URL links to Text Link Ads homepage.

[via Thats SEO]

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7 Ways to Identify a Twitter Spammer

I told you to use TwitBlock to spot and block Twitter spammers from your Twitter followers. But how do you identify a Twitter spammer? Here are a few tips to help you.

Generally, to identify a Twitter spammer, we look at the user’s avatar icon, user name, number of followers, number of following, number of tweets, tweets pattern.

A Twitter user is probably a spammer, if it matches more than 1 of the following:

  1. their profiles are using default Twitter avatar OR using a sexy pic as avatar.
  2. their names are ended with numeric, example: david567
  3. they are following many other Twitter users but only has few followers.
  4. they have no update or few updates with links.
  5. their Twitter updates contains repeated tweets with link.
  6. their Twitter updates are published using ONLY Twitter API.
  7. they show you how to “make money overnight”.

Once you found a Twitter spammer, please report it to Twitter (read my previous blog post: How to report a Twitter spammer?).

Follow me at @liewcf (I am NOT a spammer!)

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*Any tips you want to add to the list? Please share with us in the comment.