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Matts (1087)

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I work for MessageLabs [] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Wednesday August 11, 2004
08:06 AM

Nigerian spammers at OSCon?

[ #20360 ]

One of the attendees at OSCon this year (according to the Who's Who list) was:

  A**M A***YAI
  LAGOS 23401

(obfuscated to try and comply with the rules at the top of the Whos Who list - but the record is in ALL CAPS)

Coincidence, joke, or just spammers trying to mingle?

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  • Until there's a confirmed sighting, I'd be suspicious. We've had a few attempts by people in, uh, notorious locations to register for a conference I'm involved in, and they all want an invitation letter so they can get a travel visa, but their credit cards never seem to work.
  • There were some similar names on the Who's Who for the YAPC::Eu's I went to. It reminds me of the story of nigerian golfers not showing up at a tournament.
  • I've heard that the conference organisators have been faced with the same phenomena in the past (and IIRC also currently, I've seen a news item somewhere - or ask gregor on #oscom at for details): people from southern countries who subscribe as speakers with some bad quality proposal just to get a visa, but then never turn up.