new spam tactics

I just got a call from someone claiming to be a “domain notification server”. They had pulled our contact information off our domain record, and had a highly deceptive pitch, something like:

We are calling you to alert you that you will be receiving a notification regarding your domain, blah blah blah information from our domain record. Please give us your fax number…

Only, more misleading. I was like, Is this really about my domain? Is this a DMCA notice of some sort? Is this a spammer? To the direct questions: “Do we have an existing business relationship?” the person was confused and couldn’t really answer off-script. To be fair, “Alex” wasn’t speaking in his native language — clearly Indian, so could have been US-based or outsourced. Eventually I got enough information that I determined with 98% certainty that this was spam, and told them to take us off the call list. He said he would, which confirmed that it was indeed spam.

wtf? We’re on the do-not-call list. Is this a racket anybody else has encountered?

more linkblogging

why? because i keep seeing interesting things but don’t have enough time to get all discursive on ‘em.

in the realm of stupid, check out ASCAP’s contribution to the “let’s teach our kids the copyright corporations’ view of copyright” animated video wars: “Donny the Downloader“.

spam subject of the day: apocalyptic daze dinnerware. i like it because, (A), how cool is the idea of an “apocalyptic daze”. and (B), it’s a modifier for dinnerware! like a cool new pattern from noritake.

comments back on & header fixed

nervously i am turning comments back on. spam karma 2 has been catching all the trackback spam, so i’m going to try it out on the regular comment spam. crossing fingers, knocking wood, and steadfastly refusing to walk in front of my black cat.

also, i fixed the header problem. i still claim that the site renders imperfectly in every browser thus far tested. but it renders less imperfectly than it did, thanks to avedon carol / sideshow who psst’ed about the header in her link. safari & firefox ignored the problem completely but i loaded up in IE and sure enough there was a series of error messages instead of a header. the perils of not browser-testing every time you tinker w/ layout & plugins are demonstrated again.

spam-free, again

ahhhh … the sweet smell of spam-free blogging. thanks, unknown genius, for spam karma 2!

spammers crack the captcha; comments off again

so i will have to turn off comments until i have time to deal with them … sigh

comment spam freedom

holy shit, i will be so happy if indeed the WP AuthImage plugin finally works correctly for me. thank you, thank you, gudlyf. i’ve been getting approx. 30 to 100 spam comments a day. almost all for p0k3r! grrr.

update 2/8: emerging briefly from the hole that is bar review to check my email and, voila! no spam so far! hooray! i will now do a happy no-spam dance.

privacy spam

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