Monday, February 13, 2012

I'm just having fun now.

This is like the Nigerian lottery I keep winning.

2 hours ago
Donald Carter
  • Hello, Let me start by introducing myself, I am Lt. Colonel Donald Carter from the United State army, Am from Boise, Idaho. I had a master degree in war and strategic studies from Oklahoma state university before joining the US Army. I am 56 years old, a widower and lost my wife in the September 11 attack on the world trade center in 2001. I have been in the US Army for 20 years and am an expert in peace keeping strategy.
    Over the years, i have traveled far and wide across the world in peace keeping missions and at various times, i was inAfghanistan, Israel and some other war zones.Presently,am leading a team of United Nations troupe on a peace keeping operation in Darfur and will be retiring from active military service as soon as am back from Dafur.I never believed that internet is a good place to meet people not until my friend that introduced me into it found his soulmate and they are now happily married.
    I found your profile and picture very interesting on facebook while searching for my old school friend
    I believe there is someone out here that will show me love and affection and i hope meeting you will bring a lot of joy and happiness into my life.I found your profile and picture very interesting on facebook while searching for my old school friend and when i found you, i could not let my eyes off the beauty in your eyes. I am loving,caring, romantic, God fearing and will love to know you more and probably chart better. You can send your yahoo or msn email address so that we can share pictures and for a more effective communication, your quick response will be highly appreciated.
    Lt. Colonel Donald Carter


José Iriarte said...

My mind is boggling over all these crazy, creepy messages you keep getting. Is this, do you think, pretty typical for women on facebook, or do you think you get targeted because you're a bit higher-profiled? Is your wall/timeline/whatever viewable by everybody? (This is not me offering advice or blaming you; I'm just curious because I haven't heard any of my women friends report the same, and my wife hasn't had that experience. I wonder why it seems like you're being targeted.)

A.S. King said...

Actually, Joe, it's quite the opposite. I'm not even searchable by strangers on FB. My page is only viewable by friends (not even friends of friends) and I have every privacy setting cranked to the max. These guys have no idea what I do for a living. I'm sure you can tell by the last two, especially, that it's just creeper spam, really, cut and pasted and has nothing to do with me at all.

I will say this, though. I very very rarely got these when my profile picture was me with a book in front of my face. Since I put my author picture up, these have come into my inbox.

All have said that they were "looking at profile pictures" which is possible even though I'm not searchable by simply trawling.

And so--they are trawling. That's it. Not sure if that picture is the reason for the uptick, but I'm sure it's just cut and pasted spam looking for...what? A reply? One gullible woman? Not sure.

But yeah. There's your answer. I have no idea why I get these now. But I didn't get them before when my face was hidden behind a book, and believe me, I've been thinking about changing my profile picture again to stop it, but I'm having so much fun. :)

A.S. King said...

Oh. I forgot to answer that question. Yes, I hear this is quite common on FB. I'm always surprised at how many people have public pages, first of all. That's just weird to me. I have a fan page for public stuff. My me page is as private as I can make it (which isn't all that private tanks to the massive privacy changes at the end of 2011.)

But yes, I know a bunch of people who get this stuff. Though not quite as many over a month, which might be explained by the picture, or might be explained by more strangers trawling on FB.

I can say: most of the guys from the original post are gone now--pages deleted like any other spammer on FB or twitter. So I have no doubt they were reported enough times to be booted.

Still, this one really made me think. It took that military angle a few of my email spam letters have taken in the past (the ones where the soldier was holding a large amount of cash in Iraq--you know the one) and I'm pretty sure from the ones I posted at first are from the same spammers who write those Nigerian lotto emails. Or, at least they went to the same grammar school.

I know I mentioned it in my last posts and then in that last comment, but yeah--my privacy settings are cranked. Certainly not inviting these guys into my space. But spammers never really care about that, right?

The Kranky Crow said...

He "had a master degree"...what the heck did he do with it? Was it revoked when the shame of his writing and grammar skills were exposed?

Wow. I've been on FB for four years now, and I've never received a single one of these--just the waaay to into it inbox hate mail from Mafia Wars/Vampire Wars people when I played that for a bit.

My profile pic is the same on FB as it is on Blogger--maybe I don't have the beauty in my eyes ;)

A.S. King said...

Curious Crow--have you checked your "other" messages folder? That's where I find 80% of these. I'll give FB that. They seem to know spam when they see it.

And you totally have beauty in your eyes. You look like Lady Jane. I swear it.

The Kranky Crow said...

I just snorted a little.

I never knew there was such a thing as an "other" messages folder. I'll be crushed if I check, and I don't have anything. Really.

The Kranky Crow said...

No missives of potential connections and kind eyes in my "other" box, just spam from groups and pages I "like" dating back to 2009. I did miss a few from The Official Crispin Hellion Glover Fan Page, though. Thanks to you, that'll never happen again! Whew! lol

Be safe out there in FB-land.

Sara J. Henry said...

Oh, hey, this is just WRONG. There's some fascinating algorithm at work here that gets you these involved, targeted junk letters, as opposed to my shorter, more generic ones.

What the heck is 'chart better'? Clearly not a native English speaker.

Yes, on Facebook these always end up in that secret 'Other' folder that many people don't even know about (and hence sometimes miss real messages).

A.S. King said...

I think the algorithm goes something like this, Sara: Search/trawl for women starting with the letter A.

Or just: Search women.
And the A names come up first.

Spammers are known for laziness. Something tells me they don't try too hard.

A.S. King said...

SO glad to hear you won't be missing anymore Crispin Glover mail, Curious Crow. That's a relief, right?

The Kranky Crow said...

Well ch-yeah it's a relief! And now that you've given me a template of the words I need to woo him, maybe he'll "send [his] yahoo or msn email address so that we can share pictures and for a more effective communication, [his] quick response will be highly appreciated."

hee hee hee.

A.S. King said...

Yes! You have plenty of wooing words now to work with.
That "quick response" part was the part that made Mr. King say, "Oooo! Okay! A little demanding, are we?"