The scumbags are getting more inventive.
Thanks to Unicode, many characters will display on the Internet which won’t flag spam keyword detectors, allowing such rubbish to trickle through. Things like this:
From: Ƕσᵯȅ₳ppliaŋce₡overage firstname.lastname@example.org via amazonses.com
First Month₣RḖḖ on ComprehensiveǶσᵯȅWarrantyCoverage .
From: __ɵṹṝ__ᵵᶖᵯe__dᶏᵵᶖng__ email@example.com via amazonses.com
t.co/Ddphe5fBRI (This link redirects to an outfit called OurTime; Stay away from them.)
Joinɵṹṝ__ᵵᶖᵯe.comAnd meetȿiŋgles ǿ˅erƼѻ
Unicode allows you to uʍop ǝpısdn ǝʇıɹʍ, among other things, or send people clever greetings:
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But unfortunately, evil people have a way of turning anything good to their twisted and nefarious purposes. These two things should go without saying, but I’ll say it anyway:
- Any company that spams you is operating very close to the line of ethicality, and
- Any company that spams you in this underhanded way is probably running a criminal enterprise, and should be avoided like the plague.
Depending on what you read, spam can account for up to 90% of all email; at this point, 62% of all web traffic is generated by non-humans, although not all of this is malicious. As for me and my house, any company that spams me is guaranteed not to get my business, and bad reviews in public if they happen to be extra-obnoxious. Halting the flood is like spitting in the ocean, but the best I can do is raise awareness.
The Old Wolf has spoken.