KILKENNY -- One mark of arriving on the fringes of the searchable internet is that along with Google finding out who you are and Yahoo automagically putting you into set categories is that the spammers get to know and share your business too. Summer 2005 is the first time I've been addressed by name by Nigerian 419 spammers. It's part an honour and a curse.
The 419ers also have my Skype and Yahoo Messenger details so I'm getting cold calls that I can block with the software. It's a bit of a bother and also a rite of passage. Fortunately, the technology is a half-step ahead of the spammers and I can control the unwanted noise.