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07 November 2012 @ 06:47 pm
My spam plagiarizes Brandon Sanderson  

Originally published at Scott Edelman. Please leave any comments there.

Remember how I told you that spam had gotten more devious lately, offering eerily on-topic posts that could pass for comments from real people, if you didn’t notice that the poster’s link would send you to a spam site?

Well, it happened again. I just checked out my spam folder, and found that the following had been caught there due to the sender’s address linking to a site (which I certainly won’t link to here, though I’ll show you a screen grab so you can see what I mean) offering offshore bank accounts in Panama:

The convention is sold out—but I have ONE WORLD FANTASY MEMBERSHIP TO SELL. Pemberly was going to attend the convention with me after half a week in New York, but Hurricane Sandy changed our plans. So if you are in Toronto but don’t already have a membership and are interested in seeing dozens of big-name authors and editors (everyone on this list and this list ), consider buying Pemberly’s membership. This is the most expensive convention that exists in the field (the cost is $250 Canadian), but if you’re serious about publishing, it’s worth it. A previous World Fantasy in Canada (in Montreal, 2001) is where I met my Tor Books editor, Moshe Feder. So if you’re interested, drop me an email using the email interface on my website .

The most bizarre thing about this?

The paragraph above was written by an actual human being—Brandon Sanderson, who posted those words on his own site, from where they were filched in an attempt to induce you to click and be trapped by a spammer.

So look carefully before you approve comments on your blog—because the spam is starting to be smarter than we are!