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Adventures in Spam: The Sandwich Technique

May 25th, 2007

More of those inedible varieties of Spam have been arriving in my email over the past few days, and the latest batch of them has been using an old tactic that I like to call the “sandwich technique”.

In this approach, spammers take their advertisements and sandwich them in between lines of ordinary text in an attempt to fool spam filters into thinking that the email is not really an ad. The amount of extra text varies; I have seen some emails use two or three paragraphs of text at each end and slip in only a small amount of spam (usually no more than the website link or the URL disguised as a series of letters and symbols), while others are much more “meaty”, like this one for instance:

“Uh-huh. Well you see, that depends. I told you what the rates were.” He started for the telephone, clawed the receiver off the hook, and I opened a window and leaned my forehead against the screen to get a l —





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[three small paragraphs of spam testimonials were inserted here]

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For more studies and examples of spamming techniques, you can check out The Spammers’ Compendium, a site maintained by John Graham-Cunning that is dedicated to discussion of the latest anti-spam issues.


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