This isn't a political post. At least, I think
Over the past couple of months, I've had to deal with a vastly increased amount of comment spam. These are fake "comments" that are really ads for viagra and porn and real estate gimmicks and so forth. Every blogger has to deal with that crap. These things annoy the hell out of me, and I never allow the ads to be published. But at least I can understand the financial motive behind them.
I do not
understand the "non-sequitur" comments I have also been receiving. I don't know if other bloggers have had to confront this bizarre phenomenon.
Every few days, I receive a one-sentence comment that makes no sense whatsoever. These comments have no relationship to anything I've written. Sometimes, they are directed toward posts that are years old. These short texts (which never slip past the comment moderation process) are completely baffling.
Although I have not saved any examples, the following message (concocted by yours truly) captures the flavor of what I face two or three times a week:"Briefcase insanity involves the fingernail of Melanie Calvat in several dogged frustrations."
And that's it. No hyperlinks. Nothing to indicate the writer's purpose.
And now I've run into a very similar phenomenon on the world wide web.
Here's what happened: After thumbing through some old stories, I decided to look up Wilfredo Saurin, just to see if he's been involved in any new shenanigans. In case you've forgotten, Wilfredo is a con artist from the Philippines. His name came up in several earlier Cannonfire posts concerning the "mystery bonds" pseudo-scandal. Those bonds were faked "Federal Reserve Bonds" printed on an inkjet printer, artificially aged, and palmed off as real to gullible folk around the globe.
For old times' sake (as it were), I plugged good old Wilfredo's name into Google. Some familiar stories showed up. But then, as I went further and further down the Google trail, I discovered some very strange sites -- "non-sequitur sites," I call them -- which all mentioned Wilfredo Saurin.
The term "non-sequitur sites" stems from the fact that Google offers preview excerpts which sound exactly like the non-sequitur comment spam mentioned above. Example:Site name:
"in their in their Cobain describes simple several vowel simple ..."Excerpt:
"pleasure which these hot lads wilfredo saurin. wilfredo saurin. a science of body systems cooking class lesson plans ..."
I did not click on the link to see the actual site, because Google warns that it may harm my computer. Apparently, it's one of those sites that may infect computers with malware.
Another example:Site name
"recipe book with picture steps. travel less wilfredo saurin..."Site name:
Round 2 It RanchExcerpt:
"dick page make up artist. addition built upon wilfredo saurin. wilfredo saurin. unit power town hardies fast food restarants..."Site name:
"pedestrian summary by ray bradbury. of truth is wilfredo saurin. wilfredo saurin. but false for another hombres negros vergudos ..."Site name:
nasi kandar recipeExcerpt:
"who was causing tire size calculator miata. tire size calculator miata. beliefs throughout wilfredo saurin. wilfredo saurin. this first visit was suzuki"
You can see that one for yourself by typing "nasi kandar recipe wilfredo saurin" into Google. (Nasi kandar is a traditional meal in Malaysia, and it looks yummy.) Here's my favorite:Site name:
Gokhan Alpak Online PortfolioExcerpt:
"... and reme unique whips and reme possessed of supernormal wilfredo saurin wilfredo saurin spirits whom she had celebrity fake movies fakenhouser celebrity ..."
I clicked on the link, arrived here
, and found no writings about Wilfredo Saurin. In fact, I found no text whatsoever. As near as I can tell, none of the links actually take you to functioning websites.
There are dozens, perhaps hundreds of similar sites out there. They all mention the famed Filipino con artist. And they all make no sense whatsoever.
Some sort of scam is afoot. But what?
I would advise any internet gumshoes who might take an interest in this mystery to be careful about clicking links. The scam, whatever else it may be, appears to have something to do with planting malware on your system. I'm going to spend the next few hours giving my system a thorough cleaning.