30
Sep
09

Puzzling Spam

Ok, this is just confusing:

Kelli Garner
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelli_Garner

******@*****

62.241.5.86

Submitted on 2009/09/29 at 4:28pm

I enjoy this site, it is worth me coming back

kelligarner93384i@gawab.com
Kelli Garner
spam
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It is puzzling because it doesn’t seem to link to any product, just a Wikipedia page…

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7 Responses to “Puzzling Spam”


  1. October 1, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Maybe it’s not spam.

  2. 2 jaredcormier
    October 1, 2009 at 9:27 am

    No, it’s definitely a spam comment; it’s from a known spam IP address and no one was actually on my website at the time to post it…

  3. 3 jweyrich
    October 11, 2009 at 5:45 am

    Google for that email address and you’ll see tons of results, all of them linking to the same Wikipedia page.
    The questions still is: Why linking to that page? There is no mechanism or trick in the message that could cause any hurt or promote anything except the name or email address.
    Maybe someone interested in raking that page? But still, why?
    Btw, I got the same SPAM.

  4. November 25, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    I suspect one of two things. First, someone has a webpage linked to from that Wikipedia page and wants people to click there. A small fraction will do so. Second, someone is trying to improve the page rank of a page that they have linked to on their and want to improve that of the Wikipedia page indirectly. This second would imply a not very bright spammer since Wikipedia’s outgoing links (except for a narrowly approved set) all have nofollow tags.

    I can’t see any obvious linkage on the page in question or when I look at its history: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kelli_Garner&action=history

    It is possible that they are trying to do one of the above for a page linked one away from this but that seems strange.

    Note that whatever they are trying to do, directly quoting above probably helps the spammer. Most blogs don’t have nofollow tags on all URLs in comments by default, whereas links in the main body of a post do not have nofollow tags. So this more effectively spams the link as put this way.

  5. 6 jaredcormier
    November 26, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Ahh, nice digging, thank you.


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