The Sensible Knave

"I do not see that we are further along today than where Hume left us. The Humean predicament is the human predicament." - W.V.O. Quine

Sunday, November 27, 2005

How to Build a Spam Mailing List

Post a job listing like this:

Reply to:
Date: 2005-11-25, 4:00PM ESTLooking foor in school or to be graduates for new positions, please email with resume poster for further contact. Please include school, major, year that you in and current major along with resume.
Compensation: discuss it later
no -- Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
no -- Please, no phone calls about this job!
no -- Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
no -- Reposting this message elsewhere is NOT OK.

Sorry for reposting this message, even though it was NOT OK to do so.

This is pretty clever way to collect the e-mail addresses of the naive. I suppose that many of those who would respond to this ad would also be receptive to the overtures that initiate the Nigerian 419 scam. I'd surely bet that the ad is tied to this or something similar. Or maybe I'm just paranoid.