Spam campaigns often include text from commonly-available books and websites to try to make them look more like legitimate emails. This week I’ve seen runs that are using lines from the nonsense poetry of Edward Lear in their hashbuster, for example:
Subject: Far and few, far and few
And my jug without a handle Which they ate with a runcible spoon tkpr
“Far and few, far and few, Are the lands where the Jumblies live”. These spammers are unfortunately more prolific than the Jumblies, but let’s hope the example is followed and that they go to sea in sieve.
“You shall have my chairs and candle, And my jug without a handle!” – so said the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo, and more heartfelt an offer than the merchandise being peddled here.
“They dined on mince, and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon” – the sites linked to by this campaign are trying to sell the Owl and the Pussy-Cat something quite different to go with their mince and quince, as they’re run by our old friends at Canadian Pharmacy:
When the spammers move on to the limericks, I fully expect to see messages selling me two owls and a hen, four larks and a wren – it’s certainly more entertaining for this analyst than the regular nonsense hashbusters.