A new type of spam on my WordPress blog

Detail from my spam list

A new type of spam has begun to appear in the spam filter of my WordPress blog.

Whereas once the spam filter picked up rather crude and obvious messages largely about insurance and banking (no spam offering Viagra yet!), suddenly I have begun to receive what at first seem to be rather harmless comments from seemingly normal people. The messages are pretty simple

I really liked this posting

I found this a very nice piece

A typical spam site

Is this really spam, I ask myself? So before pressing the delete all button  I check out the sender of the comment. The link to a website leads to a hotel site or a telephone retailer. At least WordPress’ Spam filter can tell the difference. 

Damned, they are getting cleverer and cleverer!

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About John Welsh

John Welsh has spent his entire working life in business-to-business media, first traditional publishing, having edited three magazines over 14 years, and, second, exhibitions since 2007. He started this blog on 22 June 2008 and ended it on 18 May 2010.
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