Friday, December 30, 2005

Call To Arms! Dial 1-206-338-3579

My University e-mail account was nominated (no less than 5 times) this week to enter a fake degree program (oh! the irony) . They made one mistake- I post here their working phone number.

It goes to a real answering machine that takes a real message that need to be checked by real people.
Do you have free nights and weekends? Take a minute to drop a message in their inbox, then tell your friends to do the same.

But what do I say? Here are a few suggestions.
  • " Spam Spam! Wonderful Spam!" Repeat. (sung to monty python)
  • "Do you offer courses in complex analysis of non-linear dynamical systems?"
  • "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth . . . "
  • "How does that feel? Huh? Take That! and That!"
  • "I'd like to learn about tensor calculus and multidimensional manifold knots, do you offer degrees in theoretical physics?
Revenge is sweet.

The Infamous Letter:
Admissions Office
RE: your education
You've been nominated,
Thanks to a private nomination, you are now eligible to obtain an official University Degree.
Obtain a prosperous future, increase money-earning power, and the enjoy the prestige that comes with having the career position you've always dreamed of. The degree will be awarded to you based on your present knowledge and life experience, bachelors, masters, phd and more are available.
If you are interested, please call us back Anytime at:
Leave us a message and a member of our staff will call you back, have a good day.
Frank Jimenez - MBA, PhD
-Admissions Officer


Blogger notElon said...

Only "An eye for an eye?" You let them off way too easily. Try "A life a life MUH HAH HAH HAH HAH HA HAH HA HA HA HA HA...." Or "I wouldn't travel near Denver, if I were you. It might be ... painful."

4:55 AM  
Anonymous A guy who looked it up online said...

It won't help. The phone number is a 'unified messaging' service that is really a voicemail to email gateway. All messages you leave are converted to a sound file and sent to an email address. The copy of the spam I got originated in Turkey, so I expect they just have someone clicking through the incoming audio files and deleting all the complaints (and possibly getting your phone number as a result?). I just contacted the provider of the phone-to-email service to request the customer be disconnected.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous a guy who looked it up online said...

Oh, the provider of the phone service is and they have contact details listed at

It may be more productive to forward your spam, with headers, to their address and let them know their customer is violating federal law so that they can terminate the service.

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got the following email:

Dear Student,

What would you say to get PAID for What You Think!! Participate in 10-25 minute online surveys and earn between $5 and $75 per survey!
If you are interested email me at

This is obviously a phishing attempt. I've gotten this kind of thing before, but this time I decided to take a bit stronger action. I opened a new gmail account,, and any email sent to it will automatically be forwarded to "Kathy Mason."

If you have the email address of another spammer you'd like to see get the same treatment, send an email (also to with "newname" in the subject line, and I will add them to the list. (Those emails will not be forwarded.

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rethinking this, I see that while the new email account protects me from letting the spammer know who I am, it does not protect anyone who uses it to send email to spammers by forwarding. So, if you want, just log on to the account yourself and send an email. the password is "tooshort"

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

90 emails to kathy later, I am feeling a lot happier.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well - I encourage all local to the number to bury them but I'm not going to spend my money on a long distance call.

If your email inbox was your very own back yard swimming pool, spammers are those that sneak in and crap in it and then tell you they have a right to crap in it and say that because a one person in a billion might enjoy swimming in their crap...



10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey anon, how did you get your YouSpamMe email to do that?
You rock.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Naveed Tanveer said...

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10:57 PM  
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10:59 PM  
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11:03 PM  

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