photo editing spam

Waves of odd but crafty spam e-mails have been working their way into inboxes lately offering "Photo Editing Services & Photo Cutout Services," usually claiming to be from a "Rick" or "Jeff."

They're odd, because unlike traditional spam, it's difficult to figure out what these spams are about. And crafty, because the spams have actually been around more than a year, seem capable of penetrating spam filters, and are persistent, showing up two or three times a day.

They look like this:

From: Rick [Add to Address Book]
To: "beau.aero"
Subject: Photo Editing Services - Photo Cutout Service
Date: Nov 21, 2010 4:28 PM


Digital Photo Editing Services :

We are a China based Imaging Professionals. We offer basic and advanced digital photo Editing services and solutions like photo Cutout, morphological photo Editing, photoshop photo Editing, satellite photo Editing, color photo Editing and vector photo Editing using latest techniques.

Our strength in providing Editing solutions for digital images like photo masking, photo re-touching, back ground cleaning & cloning, sharpening & restoration of color, all this derive from our vast experience. Our dedicated team of highly skilled and experienced professionals serves the photo Editing requirements of our clients. An in house quality checking mechanism assures value addition and delivers perfect job. Our team can deliver your job overnight or in time bounded fashion irrespective of job size.

Our mainly services are:

1. Photo Cutout
2. Photo Enhancement
3. Photo Retouching
4. Vector Conversion
5. Pop Art
6. Images Masking
7. Clipping Path
8. Photo Restoration
9. Web Design

Photo Editing Services:

Our Photo Editing services includes advanced photo cutouts/clippings, balancing brightness / contrast in an image, repair of minor scratches, creases, minor dust, and spot removal to removal of major scratches, cracks, creases, and stains in all areas. We also repair seriously faded/damaged photographs and make it print ready.

Best regards,
Rick
Rickcemaamn Imaging Professionals
Contact: wallacecontact@yeah.net


A number of spam trackers, such as this one and this one, have flagged the spam and its variants, but don't provide much information beyond that. Rick and Jeff's business seems to have made it into The Beijinger, though with no more information that what's in the spam. That seems to rule out the idea Rickcemaamn Imaging Professionals is a legitimate business. But what do Rick and Jeff hope to harvest from this mass e-mail? We can speculate, but we don't know.

Anyway, the trail goes cold here. So we decided to up the stakes a little by e-mailing:

Greetings Mr. Rick!
I am in receipt of your generous offer.
I am CEO of a medium-sized company (ProXtro) and believe that your firm can help us.
From your list, I understand, your mainly services are:

1. Photo Cutout
2. Photo Enhancement
3. Photo Retouching
4. Vector Conversion
5. Pop Art
6. Images Masking
7. Clipping Path
8. Photo Restoration
9. Web Design

From your mainly services I would like to purchase
6) Images Masking
7) Clipping Path

Can you please correspond with me soon as to more details of these mainly services on offer?
Thank you,
Beau Brendler, CEO, ProXtro


We'll see if that gets us any response. Also, in the meantime, we sent a copy of the e-mail to our friends at Knujon for analysis, and will report back on both fronts as soon as we hear.

In the meantime, should you need photo editing services, try using Photoshop, or look for something locally. Even if Jeff and Rick turn out to own an actual storefront, trusting them with photos may not be a good idea.

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