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Sneaky, but not sneaky enough!

Well, it's not every day that I get to post twice in the same day about the same spammer, but this second spam is so great, I just had to post again. If you haven't read my last post, Clickety-click here to read it, then come back here.

Okay, apparently this guy got banned from his hosting site (no wonder, as you will see in a minute...) and had to set up a new domain. So he sent me another email. Here it is:

Dear Webmaster ,

I'm the webmaster of a songwriting information website at [spammerwebsite]. I apologise if you have already received this email before but my webserver has now changed and the original URL has changed to this one.

I've collected quality links to other songwriting information resources on the Internet on my links page.

I came across your site and feel that it'd perfectly fit in my collection of quality links about songwriting information.

I've already placed a link to your web site along with a description at [spammerwebsite]

I'd appreciate if you'd place a link back to my site using the following link and description:

[linking info snipped]

Please copy and paste the above HTML code for a link back.

If you'd like the description of your site modified or if you have any other cross-promotion ideas just drop me a line.

Best regards,

Steve Crooks

This time I decided to actually visit his site, and find out what kind of unethical behavior he was indulging in that got him kicked off his old server so fast. I poked around and found my link. It looked like this:

Word Processor for Musicians - ChordMaker
[Win] Creates chordsheet style guitar tablature and songbooks with table of contents and alphabetized index. Demo available.

Now, I thought that link was very interesting, because both the link and the description underneath looked very familiar. Now where had I seen it before? Hmmm...

Oh, I know. That link description is exactly, word for word, what's in dmoz.org, the Open Directory Project! And, after a little more puzzling, I understood why the link itself looked familiar...it's the page title of my ChordMaker page. So what did Mr. Crook (oops...I mean, Mr. CROOKS!) do? He swiped my listing from the Open Directory Project (undoubtedly using an automated bot), and then, used that same bot to snag my page title off my site.

Has he actually done any real work? Of course not. Has he actually visited my site? Of course not! Am I actually going to link back to him? Of course not!

No thank you, Mr. Crook.

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