Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Spam is everywhere - Beware Esnips!
Nothing in this world can escape them. Atleast, in the internet. They irritate, cheat, wastes our time and money. They are called "Spammers".
Spammers are everywhere. Email, Myspace, Orkut and even Twitter. Also, in Esnips.
Esnips, the file sharing site, had recently jumped into the social networking bandwagon with Social DNA. (I must admit that it is good). And, spammers have started to take advantage of it.
The other day, I got the following private message:
Intrested in you,
My name is Miss maria, i saw your profile today . And I became intrested in you, i will also like to know you the more, and i want you to send an email to my email address so i can give you my picture for you to know whom i am. Here is my email address: (email@example.com) i believe we can move from here. I am waiting for your mail to my email address above. Miss maria (Remember the distance, colour or age does not matter but what matters in life is the true love)
What an interesting proposition! Sounds great! I was "interested", I must say!
So, I went to Maria Baby's profile. Here's the description:
"Philosophy of life:
"am a good girl from a good home and good looking like to meet people and make friends "
Alabama ,United States
am maria sweet looking girl from a good home am single looking for love or a relationship that an last forever and i need a honest man that have great understanding who i an trust to give my heart and will not hurt me if you still like to be friend here is my email address firstname.lastname@example.org"
Howz it? Wait, there are some fantastic comments to this.
...Kiss for you...Mariababy...
Added 6 hours 10 minutes ago
Added 1 day ago
hi I'm kanti from india my mail id is [something]@gmail.com and [something]@yahoo.com
Added 2 days ago
HI THIS IS SAM.NICE TO HEAR FROM U"
And goes on. You can check the entire thing here.
Esnips has an Alexa global ranking of 344. I bet it has a better ranking in countries like India, Israel, Pakistan etc. (The fact that India drives a lot of traffic to this site is obvious from the comments above!).
I will say that Esnips is gonna see a torrent of spamming activity soon. It will have mostly all the Nigerian scamsters back in action. If Esnips doesn't take this seriously, we will soon see the next-gen spamming driving away the potential downloaders and uploaders.
(Pic Courtesy Gizmodo UK)