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Spam, Part Two

I just got back from Search Engine Strategies New York—more on the conference later—and had a fascinating encounter there.

What happened was I decided to check out the exhibit halls (they had two).  As I looped around a large booth, a well-dressed man standing in the aisle said, “Excuse me, sir. Are you a webmaster?”.  He had the kind of smooth English-Australian accent so favored of infomercial hosts and lower-grade movie villains.  I admitted that I was, and he informed me he represented an online casino firm that was looking for “revenue partners”.  He was very keen to sign me up so I could start making money.

That’s right: I was being spammed in person.

I was so stunned, I could only tell him I wasn’t interested and walk away, shaking my head.  It wasn’t until later that it occurred to me that I should have gotten his contact information and then passed it on to Jonas.

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    • #1
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    • Thu 3 Mar 2005
    • 1804
    Geoffrey Sneddon wrote in to say...

    Never seen spam like that… Well, hear it… :P

    • #2
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    • Thu 3 Mar 2005
    • 2051
    John Lampard wrote in to say...

    He had the kind of smooth English-Australian accent so favored of infomercial hosts and lower-grade movie villains.

    Aww, but we’re not all spammers or infomercial hosts and lower-grade movie villains though!! ;)

    • #3
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    • Fri 4 Mar 2005
    • 0224
    Tommy Olsson wrote in to say...

    You mean you actually had the chance of physically beating a spammer and you didn’t do it?! :)

    • #4
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    • Fri 4 Mar 2005
    • 0547
    Roy Schestowitz wrote in to say...

    If he beat him up, guess who would get in trouble and potentially prosecuted.

    As Eric earlier said:

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

    • #5
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    • Fri 4 Mar 2005
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    paul haine wrote in to say...

    You could have told him that you had all the money you needed, having just helped out “LARRY ODOGWU, an employee of Federal Government of Nigeria owned Corporation, Nigeria National Petroleium Corporation” with a few financial difficulties he’s been having lately. And then tried to sell him some \/iag|ra.

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    • Fri 4 Mar 2005
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    huphtur wrote in to say...

    That reminds me of that Dave Chapelle skit: Now in Real Life.

    • #7
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    • Sat 5 Mar 2005
    • 1437
    Matt Cutts wrote in to say...

    That’s pretty funny. I wish he’d walked up to me. :)

    Eric, I’m sorry that we didn’t get to talk about the toolbar–I hope to get a chance to at some point in the future though.

    • #8
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    • Sun 6 Mar 2005
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    Tim Mayer wrote in to say...

    This guy did come up to me while I was chatting with Osh from MSN. I asked for his card and he is from Gaming Promo. He seemed very new to the SE game and the guy commented to me that he was located off shore and we couldn’t touch him. The guy needs to learn that the affiliate SEOs do not hang around the booth floor but are in the lobby bar drinking in the early afternoon.

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    • Mon 7 Mar 2005
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    stuntdubl wrote in to say...

    It’s pretty bad when they come up to your booth and make the pitch BEFORE you can even pitch them. I had about 8 casino guys solicit me while working our booth.

    • #10
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    • Mon 28 Mar 2005
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    Brian Turner wrote in to say...

    “That”s right: I was being spammed in person.”

    I hear the six-and-a-half-foot 250lb ones are especially persuasive. :)

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    • Tue 25 Oct 2005
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