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Ovid (2709)

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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

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Thursday May 22, 2003
06:55 PM

Is this wrong, or just stupid?

[ #12389 ]

I received the following in my inbox:

From: FBI <womaqakup@*******.com>
To: Cp <cp@*******.com>
Reply-To: FBI <womaqakup@*******.com>
Sender: FBI <womaqakup@*******.com>
Subject: Cp... You are suspected in several crimes.

I idly wonder if it's illegal to misprepresent an email as being from a law enforcement agency, but aside from that, I can't help but wonder whether or not some poor fool out there was stupid enough to be frightened.

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  • I don't think they actually explicitly claim to be the FBI we all think of. Semantics, of course, but semantics are often the deciding factor.

    As to the stupidity part, odds are there are at least a few. I do hope to have the time later tonight to do some screen-scraping of their basic URL with LWP. But I don't want to do it from work, for obvious reasons.



  • I just got this one for the first time today, and though it was amusing. They must have harvested some Perl page recently. /s
  • I got that too... (Score:3, Informative)

    by jordan (120) on 2003.05.22 21:30 (#20443) Homepage Journal
    I suspected the link was a potentially malicious site, so I brought it up in with lynx being extra paranoid.

    The link is funny. It brings up a page that says:

    SPAM Violation!
          This site has been banned for SPAM violations. We apologize for the
          idiot webmaster who could not control him/her self.
          If you would like your own 100 MB FREE WEB SITE with a long list of
          features simply sign up at

    It sounds like it's a too elaborate scheme to sell hosting services. It's hard to believe that this kind of thing is profitable.

    • Stopped a lot of them here []...

      The alledged "removed" site is actually what's being spamvertised.

      i.e. people like you get curious, get a good laugh, think 0catch are good guys, and sign up with them.

      0catch are the spammers here (alledgedly).

      "Cunning as a fox who's just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University"
      • I realized that when I said:

        It sounds like it's a too elaborate scheme to sell hosting services. It's hard to believe that this kind of thing is profitable.

        I meant the whole thing, the Spam, the site message everything is part of this elaborate scheme.