July 26th, 2004, 07:46 AM
I recieved an email today from U.S.Bank. I don't have, haven't planned on having, or want a bank account. Especially from U.S.Bank that's kinda why I decided to look at the source. Anyway I looked at the source of the email and found this message:
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Just wondering if they were going for a shot of humour or if I'm just missing something.
July 26th, 2004, 10:04 AM
If you mean the bogus text at the end it's just there to fool a bayesian filter.
Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
July 26th, 2004, 10:08 AM
Bayesian spam filters calculate the probability of a message being spam based on its contents. Unlike simple content-based filters, Bayesian spam filtering learns from spam and from good mail, resulting in a very robust, adapting and efficient anti-spam approach that, best of all, returns hardly any false positives.
see source article for more information