Scamming the Nigerians Back

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 09 Mar 2005 13:00:00 GMT
From Wakin' Up with the Wolf:
"Do not under any circumstances ever take both a sleeping bill and a laxative on the same night." -- unattributed

# Randolph Carter - David Ehi Reverse Scam - Mr. Carter took a Nigerian scammer for a ride with H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulu. Hilarious. More anti-419 conversations here. [smith2004]

# SpamBayes is a Baysesian spam filter written in Python. It works on Windows, Linux, and MacOSX. I haven't used it, but the OSX package installed easily on my son's Powerbook. A friend of mine who isn't yet running Panther, so doesn't have the built in spam filter in Apple's email client, wanted spam filtering, so I found this. POPFile, which I used to use before my GMail days, also claims to work on OSX, but installing it is more complicated. [google]

The SpamBayes project is working on developing a Bayesian anti-spam filter, initially based on the work of Paul Graham . The major difference between this and other, similar projects is the emphasis on testing newer approaches to scoring messages. While most anti-spam projects are still working with the original graham algorithm, we found that a number of alternate methods yielded a more useful response. This is documented on the background page.

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