Spamalot

Pay Day LoansGenerally, I enjoy this blogging malarkey. I’m little troubled by the cyber-trolls and infobahn ne’er do wells. But, one tedious aspect of blogging is the endless stream of spam attacks – over 34,000 so far. If only I got that amount of genuine interest. Most get picked up by WordPress’ spam filter but a few still sneak through. I receive an eclectic range of spam – the collective weaknesses, desires, vices and foibles of humanity are laid bare in Latin, Cyrillic, Arabic and Chinese (and probably in Runic if I bothered to decipher) mixed in with the endless machine-generated auto-babble. I could develop RSI just from the repetitive deletes. Since our return to Blighty, I’ve noticed an alarming increase in the number of dodgy comments from pay day loan companies (parasites, actually). These micro loans are designed to lure the financially embarrassed as they struggle from one wage to the next. Shooting ducks spring to mind. There’s a recession on. Some people are short of the readies and easily seduced. I looked up one of the more well-known lenders who advertise on the box. Their ‘representative APR’ is 2414%. Yes, you read right – two thousand, four hundred and fourteen per cent. I hear the ConDems intend to cap the rates these lenders charge – this year, next year, sometime never. These smiley cyber-sharks in sharp suits don’t need to send in the heavies to bully the desperate. They can afford to drop a few pounds and a couple of percent and still be quids in.

14 thoughts on “Spamalot

  1. Spam is driving me insane at the moment. If I look away from my blog for five minutes there are more ridiculous messages. I’ve noticed more of them sneaking in under the radar too, as proper comments. Yes, my spam ratio vs genuine comments is roughly 6 to 1 or more at the moment…

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  2. If it makes you feel any better, my blog isn’t even cool enough to get any spam. Or maybe I did something in the settings awhile back and forgot.

    Those payday loan companies are indeed parasites. There were always a lot in Oregon (shopfronts, I mean), and they exploded after the recession. They finally did manage to pass some legislation to crack down on them. It’s too bad the Feds aren’t as progressive…

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