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Job Offer Spam

Job Spam - iStudioWeb BlogWhile working on my new web site, RateMyRecruiter.net, I started paying more attention to job offers I keep getting in my jobs-related mailbox. Interesting enough, the level of sophistication that spam achieves there is a little higher then on the average among my other mailboxes.

For example, in my regular inbox’s Junk folder I see same stuff where the subject line is torn off some news site where the body contains some spam, phishing or plain old scam content; I get Viagra e-mails where letters replaced with symbols and more symbols interjected; I see debt consolidation offers, offers to make my private parts large enough to stop fitting my pants and so on.

But just take a look at my jobs inbox – and the picture changes drastically. Almost no Viagra spam (or any sex-related spam whatsoever), a lot less “Your bank has suspended your account, visit this page to revalidate your account” sent from russian domains, not even a famous Nigerian or Russian Scam letter. What I see, however, is carefully crafted job offers that either lead you to some web page that dutyfully collects all your information, including Social Security number, address (maybe even previous two or three) and so on or require you to reply with your resume, salary requirements and filled out questionaire (with your demographic data, including SSN). For job application purposes, of course.

Actually, it never ceased to amaze me how much data is collected through a job application process. And while medical processing companies require full-blown training for ANY employee on securing PHI (Personal Health Information, that includes demographic, geographic and health info as well as history), head hunters are going as they please. At least I haven’t seen any disclosure that says “we promise we won’t use your data for anything bad”.

Since the whole process almost always takes place over the e-mail, you may never be able to figure out where your data went. Is it sitting in some poor chap’s Excel spreadsheet? Is it sitting in some data warehouse? Is it being sold with information of thousands people like you to the highest bidder on the “gray market”? Can you find out?

It would be interesting to set up an experiment like that. Close to October, when (I hope) job market will freshen up a bit, I am thinking on setting up something. Will keep you posted.

Spam… in apologetic way

I received this message (sent from some galinagirll at tesrghft8077@inbox.ru)e-mail through the contact form on one of our sites. It’s hilarious:

Subject: nice site

Message:

hello , you have a very nice site, but Im hired to leave advertising comments on sites, sorry i hate to do it but i have to . If you dont like advertising comments please send me an email with your site address to tedirectory@yahoo.com and I will not write on your site. Sorry for inconvenience.

That’s like if Hitler apologized to the citizens of countries he invaded…

Spam… a LOT!

One of my current clients – russian-speaking radio station GenerationNX.com are preparing to move to a newer, faster server. One of the problems they are facing is e-mail migration.

For certain obvious reasons I want them to have a copy of all archived e-mails that they have stored on the server. They’re using plain old POP3 mail boxes with web mail access. As it turned out today – most of the mail was NOT deleted (and is not being deleted, for all I know) and kept in inbox. We’re talking about 18,000 e-mail messages, 99% of which is spam. Why? I wish I knew.

So now, second hour in the row together with client we’re cleaning their mailboxes from spam.
Because, you know, there might be a diamond in the rough…

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