The following interesting new spamvertizment dropped into my spamtraps
It appears that Internet pyramid schemers are getting more sophisticated.
This one is hoping to get his victims to pay him via credit card payments
made via PayPal.com. I guess that puts this scheme into the realm of wire
Oh yea... and he suggests to his victims that they should snoop around on
www.egroups.com and www.topica.com for lists of additional sub-level victim
e-mail addresses that THEY can then spam.
Spam sent via earthlink, of course.
The spammer's real web page seems to be www.link-me-up.com.
>From email@example.com Sun Mar 26 16:51:-- 2000
Received: from gull.prod.itd.earthlink.net (gull.prod.itd.earthlink.net [184.108.40.206])
by -------.--- (8.9.3/8.9.3) with ESMTP id --------
for <------@----------.--->; Sun, 26 Mar 2000 16:51:-- -0800 (PST)
Received: from localhost (sdn-ar-001ohcantP255.dialsprint.net [220.127.116.11])
by gull.prod.itd.earthlink.net (8.9.3/8.9.3) with ESMTP id --------
for <------@----------.--->; Sun, 26 Mar 2000 16:53:-- -0800 (PST)
From: "David Wilson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: ------@----------.---" <------@----------.--->
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2000 19:56:-- -0500
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1
The Great Yabadabbado Original Just Got Better!
I am the Yabadabbado list owner. We started the promotion program to grow
our Safelist. It made a lot of people money! Now it has been improved, and
is moderated! It is making even more money legally, honestly, and in
control! If you are in already, use the new wording for your ads. If not,
why not join today!
Let's Chase Away The Poor Man Blues and Have Some Real Fun!
And what's More Fun Than Making Money On The Internet?
Help us grow our Yabadabbado Safelist and you will Make thousands of dollars
in A Matter of weeks!
Here's a perfectly legal way to make hundreds of dollars this month and
every month thereafter. Here's how it works.
1. Go to PayPal (join if you haven't yet) at
and "beam" $5 to the e-mail address in the #1 position on the list below. Also,
"beam" $2 to
the yabadabbado safelist moderator at email@example.com The moderator
will invite you to join the list when the $2 has been received via PayPal.
This keeps the program honest and increases profits and insures growth for all!
As a member of Yabadabbado Safelist, you will be able to post to the entire
group (soon to be $10,000 strong!) once per day. This is the legal service
that you are paying $5 for. When you join PayPal, you will get $5.00 placed in
your PayPal account. So participating in this program costs you only $2.00 -
$2 to make thousands! What a bargain!
AND, you will be able to use PayPal to accept credit card payments for all
your other Internet businesses!
2. After you have done that, delete the e-mail address in the #1
position,move the other four e-mail addresses up and enter your e-mail
address in the #5 position, then copy the new list and message just as it is
and mail it to at least 100 other e-mail addresses. (use the spamfree
safelists at www.egroups.com and www.topica.com ) In fact, mail to as many
people as you can! Keep mailing until PayPal notifies you that 10 people
have joined under you. This won't take long!
3. When your name reaches the #1 position, you could possibly have
approximately 10,000 people sending you $5 = $50,000, and because the list
is now moderated, no one will be able to circumvent the rules! You can join
as often as you like! This is perfectly moral and legal. You are selling
information and a service for $5! Don't reinvent the wheel, leave the letter
as is except for the new list!
Have a great time with this! It works, and it's fun! Here's the list. Make
sure you send the $5 to the person in position #1 AND $2 to the list
You will also make $1,000 from PayPal referrals if you put your PayPal URL
in this message! You can do this as often as you like!
Remember that cheating will never be blessed! Resist temptation. If you
abuse the listing, you will be dropped from Yabadabbado. Do the right thing,
and wait for the beams of cash to come your way! Promote this program for
fun among all your e-mail associates. It will not interfere with any other
program you're in! And use some of the money for a good cause! Have a great
We will make every effort on our part to REMOVE and BLOCK your e-mail address
if you do not want to receive our e-mails for using our service!! All we ask
is that you use our remove service and work with us!! AGAIN, PLEASE WORK WITH
US!! You Can Remove yourself at