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Latley I have been inundated with multiple copies of the same spam e-mail that look practically indistinguishable from each other..even as far as time stamp. A good prtion of them seem to be Russian popinting to a yahoo blog but the subject line and content can vary..I don't se any identifiable pattern other that I get 10-20 of these at a time and at the same time the overall amount and diversity of spam is diminishing.. I wonder if anyone else has noticed this ..it is just an annoyance.. I am reporting every piece of spam..and often despite the striking similarity they point to diferent sources suggesting a virus generated bot.. I haven't changed my configuratin in years and I am sure I don't have a closed loop to cause such behavior.. What eats me is whether this may be a way for spammers to defeat grey-listing..

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...If I understand grey-listing correctly, no, that wouldn't defeat it because grey-listing works on the theory that spam sources only try once to send the e-mail; since you are receiving these from multiple sources, each of the 10-20 sources would receive a "try again" message.

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I will keep an eye on this and post some tracking urls, sometimes they come from the same source... I wonder if this is an attempt to avoid being reported because, to many the temptation is not to report such multiples since they are so strikingly alike...But I never claimed I could read in the spammers' minds...(or lack thereoff..)

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I get tons of these things with identical subject lines / time stamps although I haven't bothered checking what area the internal links resolve to.

If my Visa wasn't being used fraudulently and the IRS wasn't telling me I had underreported income then I could afford to import my 1000's of Russian brides and buy enough Viagra to keep them all happy :D

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I wonder if this is an attempt to avoid being reported because, to many the temptation is not to report such multiples since they are so strikingly alike...
I really doubt that there's that much intelligence behind most spam efforts. At what effort is put in is, I'm sure, towards avoiding being blocked rather than reported.

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I will keep an eye on this and post some tracking urls, sometimes they come from the same source... I wonder if this is an attempt to avoid being reported because, to many the temptation is not to report such multiples since they are so strikingly alike...But I never claimed I could read in the spammers' minds...(or lack thereoff..)
I think I'm seeing what you're seeing. Despite my attenuated 'spam experience' (it is creeping up, never fear) I received 'identical' 419s - only the sending date and message-id being different. Lack of volume makes it difficult to tell but it is rare for me to receive two spam on the same day on my current account and this is the first time they have been identical.

It might simply be a new (but inferior) volume service being offered by a botnet owner to the small fish spammer community. We need a mole in there (not a reporting mole, an undercover 'intelligence agent').

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