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Watchdogs at the US FTC (Federal Trade Commission) have obtained a restraining order against alleged diet pill scammers. The “Com Spammers”, nick-named over their use of domain names in the form of com-XXX.net, where XXX are three or four random characters, have been pushing out huge volumes of email and SMS spam for years. …

  1. lansalot

    wow..

    This is going to put so many single moms (who discovered that weird trick) out of business... :(

    1. Jimmy2Cows

      Re: wow..

      I am gutted. I was looking forward to earning 14k a month working from home. But I am neither single nor a mom so I guess I wouldn't have made the cut anyway...

  2. Jimmy2Cows
    Coat

    Pure Forskolin Extract

    Misread that to start with...

    Seemed like an eye-watering, whince-inducing method of weightloss.

  3. Efros

    Youlgreave

    "Pure Forskolin Extract"

    read that as "Pure Foreskin Extract" and thought WTF.

    1. Jimmy2Cows

      Re: Youlgreave

      At least I wasn't the only one.

      1. Chris G Silver badge

        Re: Youlgreave

        Yeah! selling this stuff is hard but plenty of tips!

      2. Fatman Silver badge

        Re: Youlgreave

        At least I wasn't the only one.

        I guess I wasn't either....

    2. Elmer Phud Silver badge

      Re: Youlgreave

      It adds that ring of confidence.

      (Endorsed by Hilary Briss of Royston Vasey)

    3. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: Youlgreave

      How many of us grabbed our nether parts and went "Yeooowwwww!!!!!" ???

      1. Hollerith 1

        Re: Youlgreave

        Presumably the 49% that is male.

  4. Cliff

    How to use a tape measure

    I can only assume the lady in the photo hasn't had a lot of training.

  5. kain preacher Silver badge

    Wait ?

    There were actually dumb enough to operate inside of the US ? I thought the first rule of spamming was to set up in a country that did not care.

    1. Peter Simpson 1
      Big Brother

      Re: Wait ?

      Second rule, is that if you are operating in a country that *might* care (e.g.: Former CIS), be sure to offer gratuities to the appropriate persons (lest you end up face down in a drainage ditch somewhere).

    2. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: Wait ?

      Well... not that they've worn out their welcome here... there's a whole bunch of other places they can go.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Wait ?

      By recent actions of the US Administration I think being within the US is safer. They seem far more keen to track down people outside their borders.

    4. Voland's right hand Silver badge

      Re: Wait ?

      That leaves the issue of shipping physical goods. These guys got caught by tracing physical goods (fake or illegal diet pills).

  6. Mark 85 Silver badge

    Endorsed by Oprah? (Supposedly)

    Well there's a winner if ever I saw one, Her weight goes up and down like a yo-yo. However, she does seem to endorse one Dr. Oz.. who is very questionable indeed. Maybe the whole lot of them should just leave.

  7. Shannon Jacobs
    Holmes

    Same as it ever was: SPAM

    Tiny wrinkles of improvement in email? Take the new Gmail Inbox, for example. (Please!)

    Lipstick on a pig. Ugly chartreuse lipstick on a ugly wrinkled pig.

    The main problem with email remains unchanged: It's the SPAM, stupid.

    Why don't any of the major email systems provide us with effective anti-spammer tools? Hey, you don't have to help, but I REALLY want to destroy the spammers' business models. Cut them away from the money and the spam problem will be reduced. No, the spammers will not be magically transformed into actual human beings, but they will crawl under less visible rocks.

    Today's case in point: Are you smart enough to recognize a diet-pill scam? Then you could help shut it down. Imagine an iterative webform where you would identify the exact countermeasures to hurt the spammers as badly as possible. Arbitrary example (of MANY), but imagine the spammer is using a link shortener. The best countermeasure is NOT to nuke it. The best countermeasure is to repoint it to the spammer's worst nightmare, but that needs some human help. When I recognize the diet-pill scam, then I can suggest the relinking of the spammer's shortened link to point at a website warning about fake diet pills. Voila, the scammer's own spam becomes advertising AGAINST himself.

    We could do MUCH better, but the google and Microsoft are too evil to bother, and Yahoo is too near death. Sad that the spam problem will probably outlive all of them. We could do better, and most people are nice enough to want to.

  8. Alan Brown Silver badge

    "Why don't any of the major email systems provide us with effective anti-spammer tools? "

    They do. 99.9% of spam gets rejected long before delivery.

    Imagine how bad it'd be if the filters weren't there (I don't have to imagine).

    Now imagine how loudly people would scream if you managed to raise that to 99.99%, but the cost is that that important business contract got rejected or gmail called your granny a spammer.

    THAT is what's hard about spamfighting.

    Now, wonder why outfits(*) spend so much effort tagging inbound spam but do sod-all about stopping it going out, or (worse) tag it as spam on the way out and deliver it to the destination anyway. It's generally a better idea to cleanup a polluted river by stopping the shit getting into it in the first place than trying to run better filtration systems.

    (*) Most, but not all, Some do very good jobs of preventing shit getting out but the usual suspects(**) don't make any effort at all.

    (**) ISPs run by Telcos and content providers. The ones with state-sanctioned monopolies (USA and China f'instance) are the worst offenders because there's no incentive for them to cleanup.

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