Is this Spam?

By | January 28, 2008

I received an email this morning through the contact form on my online portfolio. At first glance it seemed like a nice compliment…

MESSAGE 1: Paul, I have spent the last hour pouring over all of your work, and it is fantastic. Certainly, I am studying for a degree in Graphic Design and Mass Media and, after graduation, hope to land a job as a Multimedia Designer.  Finding you and seeing what you have all been involved in makes me very excited about this field of study. If you don t mind, and if you have time, I was wondering if you could answer just a few questions I have about what you do and how you do it. They won’t be too tough and shouldn t take much time to answer, I promise! If you are willing please let me know.”

My first thought was cool, I guess I can spare a little time to help someone out who wants to break into this industry. But, as I continued going through my morning email I came across this one, also from the contact form on my portfolio site…

MESSAGE 2: hello,im xiau here,can knw more about you? cause i have to write a report about mutimedia designer… Insite my report,my content must have,designer’s introduction,background profile,portfolio,style of act work and achievement. Can you be my multimedia designer’s target? hope to hear from you soon…”

At this point, I’m thinking… that’s odd, a second email regarding questions about being a Multimedia Designer, except this one doesn’t look quite right. Now, I suppose it’s possible that there is some kind of class assignment somewhere, and my site was passed around (to a foreign exchange student who doesn’t speak much english), but the second email looks a lot like spam to me. But, I didn’t think about this too much. I continued going through my email, until I saw a third one, this time from the contact form on this site (One Digital life)…

MESSAGE 3: Hi, doing some it coursework calld Dance o clock and was wondering if i could use a pic, this is not be seen by anyone exept the examiner and i will only use the pic for this course work Thanks If you dont reply with in 1 day i will take it as a yes (Sorry have to say that, teachers orders)”

This last one is a fair amount different in that it doesn’t mention Multimedia. But, it is odd that all 3 relate to education is some way, and I received them all in one night.

So, what do you think… do I have 3 legitimate emails, 3 spams, or some of each with an odd coincidence in timiing?


6 Comments

Simon on January 29, 2008 at 3:22 am.

That’s really weird. I had two thoughts – maybe your site has been mentioned somewhere and they are three legitimate e-mails….

or maybe a spammer is trying to build a list of multimedia design e-mail addresses, and are simply trying to get your e-mail address.

Erm so in conclusion, that means I really have no idea. The first one seems totally legit, the others not so!

Daniel on January 29, 2008 at 6:50 am.

I think you’ve got a stalker!

Jim on January 29, 2008 at 7:58 am.

Spamo-lamo-licious! I’ve received the same ones in the past. They’re fishing for email addresses, and they base the content of the email on the content of your Web sites. It blows.

Brian Dusablon on January 29, 2008 at 9:35 am.

I would say spam – definitely do not respond.

I’ve had a lot of trackback spam recently – blogs set up with all kinds of links and ads and then they trackback to my site – sucks.

Alex on January 30, 2008 at 4:55 pm.

SPAMALAMADINGDONG!!!!

Paul, the coincidence that is happening is either a scam, or they are all in the same class, and the teacher mentioned your name….

After that, I would say just enjoy the idea that you have been spammed!

Neutech on March 15, 2008 at 1:55 pm.

Hey dude

The 3rd email is genuine, its some poor british kid doing his DiDA coursework. Part of the course requires that you get permission to use any sources/assets that arent yours. Check it out if u wanna.

http://www1.edexcel.org.uk/spbs2007/d201/html/SPB201GatherInfo.htm

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