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Re: OT: Re: What's the scam? (was: what´s the prize?)

On Sat, Oct 18, 2003 at 10:43:04AM +0000, Jonathan Matthews wrote:
> Anthony DeRobertis had the gall to say:
> > OK, we get a fair number of these. So do some other people. None of the 
> > claimants ever seem to respond when asked about the details. From 
> > googling, here are some other references:
> [snip]
> > Personally, I sort of suspect address collection or other scam. I 
> > suspect this because of all the messages we've gotten, and all I can 
> > find on the web, the are quite similar in ways you would not expect, 
> > such as putting the commas in "50,000,000". No one wrote "50000000" or 
> > "50.000.000". I'd expect that if these were messages generated by 
> > confused lusers, we'd see more variation in them.
> [...]
> I'm always a little dubious about telling bogofilter that they're spam, 
> as they include valid nouns which might easily come up on lists.  Ideas, 
> anyone?

That is the neat thing about bogofilter (and other bayesian
classification methods): if a word in the spam message really does
appear more often in non-spam messages, then that word will not
contribute to marking future messages as spam.


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