Cleaning up Spam

I briefly read through suspected spam messages before I delete them.  Most of them are routine.  Online gambling.  Reviews for power mowers.  Things along those lines.

I have put a filter on the most obvious words – cannabis, roulette, etc – so most of those automatically go to the trash file.  I get about 20-30 messages slip through, and it’s not easy to just delete them through wordpress.  I have to go message by message, even if I use the bulk edit function.

Most of the messages are pretty obvious that they are spam.  Some are quasi-English.  All words, just not quite a functional sentence.  “Great website the following!” and “Am i able to get those associate connection to your personal variety?”  Delete.

One of my favorites tonight “I see that you visited my site, so I am reciprocating.”  From a megasteroid company and the same message from a parking sensor company.  Delete.

Canada goose outlet store?  Nope.  China fabrication company.  Nope.

At least I entertain myself as I wade through the spam.  I know to not click on the website.  I just am curious about how they are trying to spam me.

 

Spam settings

For some reason, I keep getting spam comments about cbd oil.  I believe this is the first time I have mentioned this in the blog, so I know it’s just random spam.   Over 2000 comments about it have been filtered into my spam folder.  The website only lets me delete 20 comments at a time.  It has been taking forever.  I just figured out the settings for comments.  So, I now have it filtered to go directly to trash.  If you’re going to comment, don’t put the letters cbd in, or it’s going directly to trash.  Hopefully, it’ll work.  At least the online gaming people aren’t as aggressive.

Spam comments

I get a lot of spam comments. Many from online gaming sites. I am not sure why these posts would make someone think of online gaming, but ok. I delete them.

I get them from people looking for my email address or contact info. Those are usually from cspan or from foxnews. Somehow I think these are bogus, too.

My favorite ones are the ones offering to help me sell my product. Ummm… no product to sell, guys.

There are those who comment in Spanish, with nothing to do with the blog.

Finally, there are the ones that string a bunch of English words into almost understandable sentences.

I have had three actual comments. One was from a friend when I mentioned her in the posting, and the others were people who were truly commenting on a piece I wrote. Thank you!

Now if only I could do something about the spam voice mails who say they are canceling my social security number unless I push #1. On my voicemail, uh huh. Or the long winded messages left in Chinese. I’ve been told by others who get these messages that they are the equivalent of “you’ve won a prize! Give me your bank account number and we’ll transfer it to you.” Not falling for that, either, even if I could understand it.