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I received a very special e-mail this morning - through BookCrossing's private message service, of all things. This is something new (to me, anyway):

My name is miss Paloma. I come across your profile in this site
www.bookcrossing.com and I personaly became interested I wish to be in
love relationship with you
and may be discover ourselves as real partners for life I will be very
glad if you can contact me thruogh my email adress blow so that i can send
you my pictures and tell you more about myself here is my adress
(paloma24h@yahoo.com) is my address
If you feel interested write me through the contact.(Remeber distance ,
colour or age does not matter in love but love matters alot in life)
I will be happy to seeing a good responds from you
Thanks and remain blessed.
Yours in love,

I know that books can say a lot about a person, but she wants to be in a love relationship with me after only having browsed my BC shelf? And what is an "adress blow?" *snerk*

Have any of you other BCers received messages like this? Should I report this as abuse? It was mildly amusing to receive this one . . . but if this becomes a regular thing, I will not be a happy bunny. Four years on BC and I've never had spam before. I really don't want to get more. O_o


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Mar. 5th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
I'd just ignore it.

If you get another one, then report it.
Mar. 5th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
I got TWO from the same person!
I forwarded one to Scott. Apparently they can't filter it -- someone actually manually typed this in, so it's not "mechanical" spam -- but he sent them a nasty message saying that he'd ban them if they did it again. I'll let him know that you got one, too.
Mar. 5th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
I think an adress blow is somebody who *ahem* gets off on touching your mail. Or something...
Mar. 5th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, but I can't stop laughing. Not that you're not desirable or that your book preferences don't reveal your inner self but the vision of long-distance romance implied by "adress blow" is just too much.
Mar. 5th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Someone on the BookObsessed (formerly Relay) forum posted the same message. Must be a mass spamming. Sigh.
Mar. 5th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
Okay, normally I'm the one with my mind in the gutter! I had figured it was "my email address bElow" and the person was either bad at English (surprise!) or bad at typing.

As annoying as those "please send me books" ones that I used to get. I think I'd report it. It isn't likely you'll get another one (I'm assuming here) and if everyone has that idea ("oh I'll report it if I get another one") it'll just keep going because no one will get a second. Did that make any sense?
Mar. 5th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
ROFL - I guess some days you're just lucky!

Mar. 5th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Wtf?! That is some weird spam!
Mar. 5th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
adress blow as opposed to a business-casual one?
Mar. 5th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
Ahh, yeah, there is a nice familiar format.

I wouldn't hesitate to report it, but I would also say it is probably not time to jump ship/berate the place yet.

There is normally a small percentage of such messages that go out before it comes to the attention of the system/people running it, and the account is shut down.

It may be that previously you have been lucky to not falling in that small percentage (or that you were unlucky this time). I would probably wait for a few more such messages to come in, before being too worried that there was going ot be a flood.

Also, it may be that they are currently being targeted for this sort of thing, in which case, I tend to think it is better t o try and weather the storm for a while, otherwise the spammers win!
Mar. 6th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Spam. Although spam with excellent taste.
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Mar. 6th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
She must be a well-read perv.
Mar. 9th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC)
Well I wish to be in a love relationship with you too. ;) But oh well, that is funny.

Thanks for the laugh.

Bookcrossing is normally better at keeping the spam out.
Mar. 13th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
The scary part of this is that my director Barbara in my current show's wife's name is Paloma....hmmmm
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