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why would they be thinking I would be interested in buying..

It seems to me that you are assuming something not in evidence - that spammers think. Evidence to the contrary abounds. For example, it would seem that a thinking spammer would not send spam to anyone here. Or I'm sure ever one on this forum has received spam offering advanced degrees. Not to sound like a educational snob, but as a group I would guess that folks here have less need for a BS in bs than others.

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I wasn't asssuming anything and I doubt as well I could even find a way in their pea-sized brain...I was just hoping someomne here had a safe way of checking where that website points to or as I suspect, if it has some mallicious payload...the subject matter is deffinitely abusive to me, that is why I was wondering if they were actually trying to sell something..If not I still cannot fathom its puprpose or intent..

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The site reg provides conflicted information: Cyprus, GoDaddy, San Francisco. On the other hand the own top domain, livejournalinc.com, until 2018

I wonder if LiveJournal, Inc knows that one of their sub-domains are being referenced in spam? That would be cheap.

Registrant:

Primordial Soup, Ltd.

Diagorou 4, Kermia Building

6th Floor, Office 601

Nicosia P.C. 1097

Cyprus

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)

Domain Name: LIVEJOURNAL.COM

Created on: 14-Apr-99

Expires on: 14-Apr-18

Last Updated on: 25-Feb-09

Administrative Contact:

LiveJournal, Inc., LiveJournal Operations domains[at]livejournalinc.com

539 Bryant Street

Suite 210

San Francisco, California 94107

United States

+1.4152303600 Fax -- +1.4155127021

Technical Contact:

LiveJournal, Inc., LiveJournal Operations domains[at]livejournalinc.com

539 Bryant Street

Suite 210

San Francisco, California 94107

United States

+1.4152303600 Fax -- +1.4155127021

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...I wonder if LiveJournal, Inc knows that one of their sub-domains are being referenced in spam? That would be cheap. ...
Same old abuse of a "free" service by users. Redirection to porn, pharm and pirated software 'enterprises' in the familiar pattern. Some reports of trojan/virus infestation from visiting some of those links. See the reports at http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/livejourn...?page=1#reviews and subsequent pages. It all went to hell last year, when the Russian owners switched product development and design functions from San Francisco to Russia. Security must have fallen through the cracks. On the plus side, you can access Dmitry Medvedev's blog there (supposedly) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LiveJournal

Overwhelmingly positive operation but, like all who went before, prone to abuse by 'the few' when they take their eyes off the ball. No, Russians are not all 'evil'. When they're straight, they're very very straight (and when they're not ...).

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but I am curious to what are they selling, and why woukld they be thinking I would be interested in buying..

Your example links to a Live Journal blog page created 11-26-2009, with a slide show promoting a porn site. Several months ago I was getting a lot of similar messages with livejournal.com spamvertised links. Eventually I decided to look at one of the links, and found it was a blog page with a single picture and links promoting a porn site. A few weeks later I checked another liverjournal.com link and found it was promoting a bestiality porn site.

Since similar spam messages continued, and SpamCop was only showing a devnull reporting address for livejournalinc.com, I decided to find a way to report the spamvertised links/pages directly to Live Journal. After several failed attempts at forwarding the spam to a few addresses found on their site, I finally found the only type of reports they accept are just a matter of pasting the user's name (sosaqyfu22 from your own example) into the Report Suspected Bot form at http://www.livejournal.com/abuse/bots.bml

Eventually those spammers stopped using Live Journal and moved on to other free blog-type services. I hadn't seen another spam with a Live Journal link in a few months, until yesterday. :angry:

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I finally found the only type of reports they accept are just a matter of pasting the user's name (sosaqyfu22 from your own example) into the Report Suspected Bot form at http://www.livejournal.com/abuse/bots.bml
My experience was similar, very disappointing in the lack of means to report this sort of thing.

Spammers will use any sort of free camouflage they can find, and unless the providers are diligent in routing out the behavior they soon find themselves facing a lot of it. Presently, lots of my spam comes in with URL shortening service links, it appears that these sites (already a bit of a nuisance spam-wise) have ballooned with the growing interest in Twitter (for which they are a natural fit). While the operators of these sites show off a lot of expertise at installing other people's software, they don't appear to have much cognizance of how their services are abused and how this could be minimized.

-- rick

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