Targeted CPAN SPAM

Robert Rothenberg robrwo at
Fri Apr 7 11:20:25 BST 2006

On 04/06/2006 05:08 PM Paul Makepeace wrote:
> I get a ton of spam through my CPAN address but for the first time one 
> that is actually aimed at perl & CPAN users. I for one am not 
> particularly bothered about this.

I've gotten spam "targetted" for software developers before. Spam is spam.

Note that some spam houses sell software to scrape web sites for addresses.
A common use is to scrape the results of keyword searches from various
search engines.

Some things that make me mistrust this:

* It's sent by an anonymous "one of tech people". No name, address or
  phone number.

* There's various English grammar mistakes that imply the author of the
  message is not a native English speaker.  They don't put much care into
  their marketing, which implies a certain cluelessness.  (The prevalence of
  scams from certain parts of the world makes me suspicious of it as well.)

* Free domain names? Either there's a catch, or it's a scam.

* They didn't bother to include my name (something that would be easy to use
  with the CPAN authors file, using Perl).

> Hello,
> I am found your CPAN Perl module by today. I am one of tech
> people by hosting company what support Perl and
> Perl Catalyst Framework developers.
> You as CPAN module developer can receive DOUBLE web space as normal
> customer by and FREE Perl Catalyst Framework
> ( included ($36 value). Catalyst
> Framework is really surprising Perl solution, but 98% of hosting
> companies still not support Catalyst.
> have radically low cost web hosting packages
> with FREE .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .us, .name, but you as CPAN
> author can be have more 'sponsored' features: simply, inform Maxipoint
> support that you are CPAN module author.
> If you have any new ideas about possible sponsoring Perl community you
> can submit your sponsoring advices here:
> Best Regards! -GP, Maxipoint Tech Support
> ----- End forwarded message -----

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