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Spam From God

OK, it's not really from God, but I've been noticing that I've been getting Christian spam lately. I broke the first line of the message into two lines so that it doesn't wreak havoc on the screen when it's displayed inside a <pre> tag, which won't automatically wrap text. I also stripped out most of the mailer info 'cause I'm not trying to hunt down the spam and you don't need to see what my mail system looks like, but here's an example:

Message-ID: <210571596.69257@Alexandria Rush>
Reply-To: "Alexandria Rush" <mkdvbpnspgecc@attbi.com>
From: "Alexandria Rush" <mkdvbpnspgecc@attbi.com>
To: "Drmellow" <[my email address]>
Subject: Very important
Date: Tue, 03 Aug 2004 19:00:39 +0400
MIME-Version: 1.0 (produced by infinitymagnanimous 1.4)
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
	boundary="--4295689562831125"

----4295689562831125
Content-Type: text/plain;
	charset="iso-4687-4"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7Bit
Content-Description: ampere transite 8

Before its too late make your peace with GOD, and make
sure the ones you love do also.



Accept him.

Repent.

Get baptized.

And have a nice eternity.






In bufflehead we can locust as always coney aerobic theirfore 
burbank is tribulate and steprelation.

----4295689562831125--

So what's the deal here? Is someone actually paying a spammer to send the evangelical messages to their lists of addresses? There is nothing in this spam message for me to buy. There's no way the original author is making money from this. This is not the first spam of this nature I've received. I just shrugged off the first few, but I'm getting this one frequently enough that I thought it was interesting.

It just looks like it's Spam From God.

Comments

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prester_scott
Aug. 3rd, 2004 08:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, it's like people handing out tracts in airports.
arcticturtle
Aug. 3rd, 2004 09:17 pm (UTC)
Relationship-based evangelism it ain't, that's for sure...
vesle
Aug. 3rd, 2004 10:59 pm (UTC)
I wonder if I am going to send such a mail to everyone I know. I should, shouldn't I? It's either that, or making voodoo-dolls, and make holes in them, and send them in the mail to the person the doll looks like. That would be great. Writing the adress in fake blood or something. Mweehe.
eagle243
Aug. 3rd, 2004 11:37 pm (UTC)
That's pretty nuts.
captain_phil
Aug. 3rd, 2004 11:54 pm (UTC)
I've been getting a lot of spam for "Christian Debt Relief", and "Get out of debt the Christian way"

I thought that getting out of debt was something that was pretty much the same no matter what someone's beliefs are.
truealias
Aug. 4th, 2004 01:37 am (UTC)
confused
I'm confused about all this god stuff. i dont know how to explain it. Its just that...Ive heard some pretty weird things. I dont know. U dont have to respond. srry for taking up your time.
truealias
duemoko
Aug. 4th, 2004 01:24 pm (UTC)
Re: confused
What sort of weird things have you heard?
sidelobe
Aug. 4th, 2004 11:10 am (UTC)
Evangelism sometimes has to be done on a small budget. Maybe this shows just how cheap it is to send spam! Or, for the completely, utterly, and shamelessly evilly cynical point-of-view, it's a spammer trying to produce some examples of "good" spam. Sort of a spam PSA.
duemoko
Aug. 4th, 2004 01:44 pm (UTC)
Two options really they are either confirming that an address is valid or just being silly. Okay there is the third that someone really thinks they can evangilise this way but I find it unlikely.

Personally I'd bet on just checking the address is valid.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 29th, 2004 11:28 pm (UTC)
Nope, sorry about that but...
Nope. The planet is probably half full of idiots who feel like it's their job to save you from where they think you're going (because of course they're judging you, which of course the Bible says not to do, not that they ever bothered to read the thing because they're such a bunch of uneducated hicks that they really can't read all those big words or understand them so they have to have their (closet KKK) local clergyman "translate" the Bible into small words they can understand well). In my humble opinion of course...
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