Sunday, February 11, 2007

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Frum Spam

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

I've got my email address up here on the blog, and while it's somewhat adjusted to be human (and not program) readable, still, it's up on the Internet. So it's no surprise that I get lots of spam. Lots. I mean, lots. My inbox currently has 4,456 spam messages from the past 30 days.

Now, I've gotten the standard Nigerian scam spam, where someone says they've got X million dollars that I get a portion of for helping them. It has an Xian form, "for the Lordy", it has a Muslim form, "for Allahaha". But, for the first time ever, it's Mitzvah Spam...

Shalom, I am David from Jerusalem, Israel. I am 21 years old and I am asking for your help. First, this email is real and true with every word it says...

Me and my girlfriend are both religious and love each other and would like to get married...the problem is that we don't have enough money...Our parents can't help...

I want to ask you to help us...Every Dollar will help us to start build our life together...hopefully you will help us to do this Mitzvah of the Marriage and build a Kosher house in Israel...Birkat Ha'Shem will be with you all your life.

And a nice Paypal address, attached to an email from an Israeli equivalent of Hotmail (called Walla).

Well, I guess it's possible, but, things don't quite add up. I don't tend to do much of an investigation of those mishaluchim that come to my door. But here, the terminology used just isn't right for someone Jewish religious, and it's not right in all the wrong ways.

So there it is, my first ever mitzvah spam.

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