their special friend on some obscure site or another. I get grumpy when it's someone I've never heard of and
assume that they've bought my email address from a spam list in order to increase the number of virtual
"friends" they can claim. Some people lead very sad lives and I usually just report these emails to SpamCop
then delete them.
This morning I received a spam from one "Juana Atkins" - email firstname.lastname@example.org (for any email
scrapers that may be passing). Here's the text.
Innocuous enough? Maybe, but I don't know this woman and I have no desire to be her new friend. So who is she?I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.
Owner at Cadlow Mural World
Her company - cadlow.co.nz - sells bespoke stick-on murals. Fair enough. They look a bit tacky and they're not to
my taste, but each to his own. A quick Google search shows she's a TradeMe seller called "Cadlow":
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Listin ... ber=795609" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Picking an example product - Manhattan Lights Wall Mural Wallpaper New York - an image that includes the twin
towers, Juana sells this for $NZ245.
http://www.trademe.co.nz/building-renov ... 288691.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
You can pick up the same product directly from the US for only $US80 - $NZ102.50. That's a huge markup.
http://www.decorplace.com/city-wall-mur ... an-lights/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
There's a message on each of her auctions saying the business isn't working well so she's had to go back to work
and only services auctions in the evenings. Hey... the recession has hit a lot of people so I wouldn't hold that
against her. But then I notice the little line on every auction...
Damn! Knowing how this company's servers have been used to send spam in the past, I start wondering if SnipeSoftThis auction was listed by OMINS
is somehow behind this latest spam? I don't recall ever buying tacky wall murals from this woman so she's not likely
to have got my email address from a trade. But I have dealt with other Snipesoft clients and ended up on their
database. Is it possible that Snipesoft are offering a discreet service that enables their clients to spam a lot of
instant "new friends" with one click? How else would she have got my email address?
I did consider laying a complaint with the government Anti-Spam unit until further down the Google search I learn that
she's married to the infamous Whaleoil - Cameron Slater.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/mental-health ... d=10648347" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Following Slater's trials for breaching name suppression they lost their house last year, plus her business is going tits-up.
I decide that being tied to Slater must be punishment enough for any person, so I report her to SpamCop and delete the
email. Have a nice day Juana!