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    email gibberish (general question)

    Junk mail is often full of random words. What is their purpose? Why is the message constructed as it is?
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    Re: email gibberish (general question)

    Could have been some spammer from a foreign country attempting to use a different language or a ID10T trying to be smart.

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    Re: email gibberish (general question)

    It's an attempt to bypass junk mail filters that check on the content of the e-mail.

    If certain words like sale, price, offer etc appear several times in an e-mail it is likely to be picked up as spam. If the spammer adds a large section of random words at the bottom, (these words will not normally trigger junk e-mail filters) then it is less likely for the e-mail to be picked up as spam as the words that filters use to detect spam do not seem to be as prominent in the e-mail.

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    Re: email gibberish (general question)

    That matches the situation I was discribing - here is a sample of those "random words":
    alba philharmonic bandwidth classic leathery hearken advisable spalding wisenheimer conclude yardstick tension
    The email was one of those ** Spam post - please alert a Moderator ** variation ads - and I see no connection between the product and these words. Does an email need a certain length to be viewed as a real email?

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    Re: email gibberish (general question)

    It's not the length so much as the balance between seemingly legitimate text and known suspicious patterns. If you search Google for information on bayesian filtering you can find more technical discussions of how these probabilities are figured.

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    Re: email gibberish (general question)

    Agreeing with all the replies, here's an article about "random words in spam emails". Lots more stuff on a Google search.
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    Re: email gibberish (general question)

    Thank you all. It seems there are always basics I have missed. Nobody absorbs it all, so perhaps I shouldn't feel bad. I appreciate your helping cure one of the ignorant spots.

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    Re: email gibberish (general question)

    I wouldn't worry if I were you -- I've forgotten more than I ever knew!

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    Re: email gibberish (general question)

    Along this same topic, it seems to me that if you could spell check the subject lines of incoming messges, and subsequently create a rule to delete the ones with misspelled words, then that simple rule would go a long way to clearing out the junk in _my_ inbox, for one.

    Can we suggest this to Microsoft?

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    Re: email gibberish (general question)

    Unfortunately deleting misspelled Subject lines would cause the removal of many of the emails from my colleagues!

    (Hey, you may be onto a good idea, here!!)
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