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Post by RavenEyes » Thu Dec 09, 2004 8:39 am

"Spiritual Spam" coming to your inbox
By Paul Majendie


LONDON (Reuters) - Internet users praying for salvation from junk mail face a new torment -- "Spiritual Spam."


Along with the flood of messages offering everything from mortgages to miracle cures, they are now being asked to repent and pray.


"We are seeing more and more of it. It appears to be on the rise," said Martin Lee of e-mail security company MessageLabs.


"The God-botherers are using the techniques of the 21st century. It's Spiritual Spam and almost all of it is Christian," he told Reuters.


The prayers appear mostly to originate from native English speakers in the United States.


"They are very good at hiding where they are. A lot of the stuff is relayed through China," Lee said.


He said it is easier to act against the electronic evangelists in Europe than it is in the U.S.


"The United States 'Can Spam' Act only applies to commercial e-mail. If you are trying to save their souls, then it is exempt from the U.S. Act. But it is illegal under European Union law because it is unsolicited," Lee said.


The spiritual spammers are after souls rather than cash.


"These are old-style evangelicals wanting to spread the message," Lee said.


In one typical example, recipients are warned: "Eternity is a really long time. If you or someone close to you has not accepted God, please do so today."


Then came the prayer: "Deliver me from all my sinful habits. Set me free!"


Neil Hammerton, managing director of computer security company Email Systems, said: "This does not come from mass spam companies. It's people with requests they want to put out.


He said they use a database of well known e-mail addresses and spam software they can buy for as little as 25 pounds.


"They sit at the end of a Broadband connection and send out thousands of e-mails overnight," he told Reuters.


But he reckoned that spiritual spam still makes up less than one percent of the unwanted traffic that pours onto the Internet every day.


The latest review by Email Systems showed that medical content made up 48 percent of all spam. Next came pornography with 15 percent followed by gambling with 11 percent and mortgages with nine percent.
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Post by davisherm » Tue Jan 04, 2005 7:13 am

I've been lucky so far and haven't gotten any of those.

Although if I started getting getting mail from Jesus, he'd probably be trying to sell me vicoden or something to [email protected] my r0d. :roll:
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Post by Rain » Tue Jan 04, 2005 11:10 am

:roll: Will they stop at nothing. Fortunately I have Thunderbird and it just dumps all of my spam into a junk box and I don't have to look at it.

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Post by melina » Wed Jan 05, 2005 2:59 pm

Although if I started getting getting mail from Jesus, he'd probably be trying to sell me vicoden or something to [email protected] my r0d.
Does vicoden really do that?
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Post by morgana » Wed Jan 05, 2005 4:48 pm

LOL, no Vicoden is a pain killer, and a very strong one at that.
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Post by whitegravity » Fri Jan 07, 2005 11:09 pm

Yikes, :spam1: :smt063
Well that puts a new meaning in miracle worker...

Sorry, was trying to think of some decent puns...

My opinion on the matter, a)send spam back b)convert and buy a bottle of Vicoden via jesus... or c)spam filter...

I think I'll chose choice "c"

Now I'm curious to what may be lurking in my bulk box, "little saviors in every bottle, buy one now!"

This is too much for my tastes, :badgrin:
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Post by Raven » Sat Jan 15, 2005 4:55 pm

i can imagine it would be horrible to get an email from a Jesus porn site

"Jesus will save your soul :smt059 , but first:

:3some:
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Post by whitegravity » Mon Jan 17, 2005 9:58 pm

Raven wrote:i can imagine it would be horrible to get an email from a Jesus porn site

"Jesus will save your soul :smt059 , but first:

:3some:
:smt082 lol!
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Post by Arcanum Owl » Tue Jan 18, 2005 5:03 am

ROFLMAO!!
Damn davisherm that was a very nice one liner. :-D

Just hypothetically speaking what do you think "they" (people in authority) would do if the Church of Satan begun to do a similiar thing along with Anton Levey writings. Man can you imagine the hysterior that would cause...

Don't get any ideas, don't get any ideas.

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Post by Szandor » Tue Jan 18, 2005 6:51 am

I'm not sure if the e-mails that I always end up getting are quite what you are in reference to, but I do know that they are ANNOYING. The ones I get are the ones that tell the heart sob story about some kid with cancer or something needing your prayers. Or someone needing surgery who can't afford it, and aol will donate 5 cents for every person you forward the message to. Or one I remember was of a guy trying to keep a train from derailing. He had to stay and hold the lever to keep part of the track in place (or something). And then he hears his 5 year old son, who just happens to be walking on the tracks. He then has to choose between saving everyone on the train by staying and holding the lever, or his son. He then stays at the lever and his son is incapable of seeing the train approaching and moving fast enough to take 3 steps to get off the track in time, and gets hit by the train unknown to the driver and everyone onboard. This is one of the attempts to get people "caught up in the moment" and hope that the cascade of emotion will blind them long enough to lead them to Jesus. And the e-mails always end with the bit about how thousands of jokes pass through e-mails everyday, but when it comes to e-mails about God, people always think twice about sending them on to their friends. Then it goes on to tell you that if you TRULY love Jesus, you'd immediately forward the e-mail to everyone you know. The funny thing of it is, I know several Christians who can't stand those e-mails either. I like the comment made about sending e-mails preaching the word of Satan. Or maybe it could be something about a heavy metal musician from the 80's who won't be able to get into the level of Hell he wants to unless you forward the message to as many people as you can within 10 minutes of receiving it. And for every person you forward it to, the Church Of Satan will donate 6 cents. See how well the Christian community likes that. Anywho, just thought I'd drop in with that.
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Post by Lotus » Tue Jan 18, 2005 8:43 am

heavy metal musician from the 80's who won't be able to get into the level of Hell he wants to unless you forward the message to as many people as you can within 10 minutes of receiving it. And for every person you forward it to, the Church Of Satan will donate 6 cents. See how well the Christian community likes that. Anywho, just thought I'd drop in with that.
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Post by Kobak » Tue Jan 18, 2005 10:44 am

Arcanum Owl wrote:
Just hypothetically speaking what do you think "they" (people in authority) would do if the Church of Satan begun to do a similiar thing along with Anton Levey writings. Man can you imagine the hysterior that would cause...

Don't get any ideas, don't get any ideas.


too late =P
Szandor wrote:The ones I get are the ones that tell the heart sob story about some kid with cancer or something needing your prayers. Or someone needing surgery who can't afford it, and aol will donate 5 cents for every person you forward the message to. Or one I remember was of a guy trying to keep a train from derailing. He had to stay and hold the lever to keep part of the track in place (or something). And then he hears his 5 year old son, who just happens to be walking on the tracks. He then has to choose between saving everyone on the train by staying and holding the lever, or his son. He then stays at the lever and his son is incapable of seeing the train approaching and moving fast enough to take 3 steps to get off the track in time, and gets hit by the train unknown to the driver and everyone onboard. This is one of the attempts to get people "caught up in the moment" and hope that the cascade of emotion will blind them long enough to lead them to Jesus. And the e-mails always end with the bit about how thousands of jokes pass through e-mails everyday, but when it comes to e-mails about God, people always think twice about sending them on to their friends. Then it goes on to tell you that if you TRULY love Jesus, you'd immediately forward the e-mail to everyone you know.
ugh, i used to get those all the time from this one guy who was a counselor at my Christian Jazz Band camp years ago. EVERYTHING from that guy was a fwd about the kid with cancer and spreading God's love and whanot. they even told us that story about the guy and his son (though it was bridge and a ship had to get through) which i always thought was a kind of a fallacy, because if God can do anything and he loves everyone so much, then surely he can intervene in some other way to keep people from going to hell.

i have no problem with Christianity, it's people who don't think their beliefs through and have massive glaring fallacies. (just like i have no problem with Wicca, just the fluffybunny attention grabbing teen Wiccans)

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Post by Artemisblessed » Sat Feb 26, 2005 6:15 pm

"fluffybunny attention grabbing teen Wiccans"?

and just WHAT do you mean by that?
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Post by Kobak » Sat Feb 26, 2005 8:00 pm

the "omg i practice an olde religion, i'm a powerful witch!" shrieking girls who are desperate for a boyfriend, or the angsty son who decides to rebel by loudly trumpeting his new faith in the Goddess.

not all teenage Wiccans are of that variety, but i've seen quite a bit.
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Post by aintgottaclue » Sat Jun 04, 2005 7:05 am

Raven wrote:i can imagine it would be horrible to get an email from a Jesus porn site

"Jesus will save your soul :smt059 , but first:

:3some:
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They have Jesus porn sites???????? This I gotta see!! =D> Anybody have links?
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