Spam: New Proxy Lists

For the last few weeks, I have been notified of an increasing number of Spam comments on my main blog. I noticed that despite various names and website addresses, they all had the words ‘new proxy lists’ attached to the text.

I looked that up, and discovered that there are numerous companies offering this service, in countries all around the world. The main purpose appears to be to hide the IP address of anyone sending out all this junk, so they cannot be blocked by the recipient, or investigated by the providers.

It goes without saying that none of us should ever click onto one of those links, and also be vigilant in clearing out our Spam Folders.

On a lighter note, many of the made-up names used by these companies are simply hilarious. They remind me of the invented names of characters in pulp romance novels, or sci-fi books. So as a service to budding authors who may want to use some of those names, I present a selection here.

Madison Migl

Emerita Yurko

Eldridge Hoerl

Sterling Larousse

Elenora Kapnick

Jerrica Woodby

56 thoughts on “Spam: New Proxy Lists

  1. Some of them actually writes comments such as “Just wanna state that this is very helpful, Thanks for taking your time to write this.” does that still mean they are spam or is it regular users using the ‘hide’ of IP services ?

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    1. They are almost certainly Spam comments too Sara. They try various ruses to get you to click on their link.
      Look out for comments such as ‘Great Post’, or ‘Thanks for the valuable information’. All Spammers, unfortunately.
      Best wishes, Pete.


  2. I’d been wondering about this. Thanks for throwing some light on them. I don’t quite get some of them, though, in that they seem to only contain poorly formatted comments without any links. I feel inclined to allow and reply to some of these for the fun factor – one mentioned ‘me Julie’ and I really wanted to ask if it was Ali G, but surely there has to be some risk in allowing any through or what are they leaving the comments for in the first place?

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  3. My favourite spam was a series of emails of a person claiming to be a professor writing from the future about another professor who saved humanity from extinction (which I had to find)… X–D

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  4. I seem to get bombarded by the pretty guinea pig trying to sell me Amoxicillin – why he/she should think I need so much! Luckily Akismet catches them all. The ones I detest the most are those advertising porn etc. I wish they would simply get deleted so I don’t have to see them at all.

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      1. I’ll bet this is code for something. It would be hilarious if all of the intelligence agencies were monitoring my messages (and why would they not?), sending the entire decoding apparatus into a paroxysm of teeth gnashing. Everyone needs a hobby.
        – Leopold N. Loeb

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  5. Do you have your setting set to manually review comments before they display? I’m just wondering if most bloggers do that, After I read this went to learn more and that suggestion seems to come up in regards to prevention. I have to go check what my settings are.

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    1. I don’t have that setting, Starr, though I do know how to do it. The Spam I mention is ‘caught’ by WordPress, so not an issue. It’s just that it fascinates me at times. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.


    1. Me too, Kim. But they leave the most inappropriate comments on some posts. One tried to leave a comment on a eulogy for my deceased Mum. It read ‘Fantastic information on this website, we need more such interesting articles’.
      Enough said. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  6. I’ve been lucky to date with combating spam. Comments are auto closed after 14 days which does seem to help, plus I have a list of block words which seems to do the job. The last week has also seen me pass my blog through Cloudflare which carries out further security checks. WombRaider did seem to get through, although they are now blocked πŸ˜‚

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      1. You can add that in the settings menu, Sue. Go to Settings>Discussion. Scroll down to add any words you don’t want to see in your comments, and they will be blocked.
        I don’t think I need it, as this is all ‘caught’ by WP. It is just a warning to anyone who may be fooled by some of the apparently genuine comments.
        Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. I love going to my Span folder and seeing that my wanker needs work, I need some knock-off sneakers and apparently I need those pics of teenage girls….what can I say….LOL I love it…..good list I will keep an eye out….chuq

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  8. It always amazes me how much spam sometimes finds it’s way in the spamfilters, but even more crazily: the amount of total gibberish it sometimes contains. Well, at least it all gives a good laugh that’s for sure: the names above are enough proof of that πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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