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Spam, Part One

I recently started receiving, for no readily apparent reason, bloated HTML e-mail from Dakota Air Parts, whose site is as lovely as their unsolicited e-mail tactics.  Anyway, I noticed that the mail was coming from what appeared to be a single human, and given that the message also included their 701 area code phone numbers, mailing address, and so on, I could reasonably go ahead and respond with a removal request.  I sort of had to, since there wasn’t a dedicated address for unsubscribe requests.

So off went my response, stating that I’d never asked for the mail and would like to stop receiving it pronto.  Not a few minutes later, I received a new message.  Here’s how it started out:

K.C. here,

I'm protecting myself from receiving junk mail.

Just this once, click on the link below so I can receive your emails.
You won't have to do this again.

http://spamarrest.com...

So in order to stop receiving junk mail from K.C., I had to prove that my mail to him wasn’t junk.

Ah… the sweet, sweet taste of irony, mixed with bold hints of utter cluelessness.  So delicious.

12 Responses»

    • #1
    • Comment
    • Thu 3 Mar 2005
    • 1623
    The Ferrett wrote in to say...

    Amusing, but why are you giving these guys a significant Google boost by linking to them from a popular site in a hyperlink with their name in it?

    • #2
    • Comment
    • Thu 3 Mar 2005
    • 1736
    Eric Meyer wrote in to say...

    Ah, but I didn’t, as an inspection of the page’s markup will reveal.

    • #3
    • Comment
    • Thu 3 Mar 2005
    • 1836
    Darkside wrote in to say...

    Heh.

    I used to work for one of the… shell corporations? tax shelters? whatever… that are associated with Dakota Air Parts. They’re all owned and/or operated by KC, and he loves to spam. Adores it. Had an email harvester running on the computer in his office.

    He has the scruples of a lawyer, an ambulance-chasing one. His hypocrisy in requiring you to validate your humanity is just the tip of the iceberg… and sadly, he’s not clueless. He knows exactly what he’s doing; he’s a spammer, and he likes it that way. Just one sale is worth the collateral damage.

    • #4
    • Comment
    • Fri 4 Mar 2005
    • 1111
    Neill Harmer wrote in to say...

    Looks as even the spammers don’t like spam. Imagine that!

    K.C. does need to spend more time getting a useful, nice looking site…less time on his spam. Too bad he sees the spam as more beneficial to his company than having a nice, well organized website.

    • #5
    • Comment
    • Fri 4 Mar 2005
    • 1130
    JLO (no not J. Lo) wrote in to say...

    Can you explain why you didn’t?

    • #6
    • Comment
    • Fri 4 Mar 2005
    • 1950
    Noodle wrote in to say...

    Because of the rel=”nofollow” part of the link tag. As explained here.

    • #7
    • Trackback
    • Fri 4 Mar 2005
    • 2005
    Received from The Pasta Bowl

    Do Unto Others…

    Apparently some spammers have never heard of the golden rule….

    • #8
    • Comment
    • Fri 4 Mar 2005
    • 2025
    John Hardman wrote in to say...

    Because Eric used the “nofollow” attribute on the link, reflecting Google’s new policy:

    http://www.google.com/googleblog/2005/01/preventing-comment-spam.html

    Kudos to Google!
    (and the others who are following suit…)

    • #9
    • Comment
    • Sun 8 May 2005
    • 1245
    K.C. Hemelstrand wrote in to say...

    Comments from the abyss obviously…. The “Darkside” obviously likes hiding like little people often do—probably failed at the job here.

    I find the comments amusing;) Keep up the great work guys!!! I enjoy the reading!

    Best Regards,
    K.C.

    ps. Try to cheer up!

    • #10
    • Comment
    • Thu 19 May 2005
    • 1031
    K.C. Hemelstrand wrote in to say...

    BTW—Your books have been an inspiration for us at http://www.dakotaairparts.com. Thanks to you, our emails are “purdier” than ever. Keep up the good work and we are looking forward to your new book release.

    • #11
    • Comment
    • Mon 19 Dec 2005
    • 0915
    Tim wrote in to say...

    I’ve also been receiving a whole bunch of cr@p from Dakota Air Parts. What is even worse is that their ISP, 702 Communications is fully aware of what they are doing and refuse to do anything about it.

    • #12
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    • Fri 13 Jan 2006
    • 1717
    Received from Tim Flight » Blog Archive » Dakota Air Parts are Spamers

    […] Michael Heitland didn’t respond. So I started to do a little more research and found more people complaining about Dakota Air Parts. And there was an interestin […]

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