Those pesky spammers are getting sneakier. Here is a comment that made it past Akismet, waiting for approval on one of my posts:
Hi! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.
What alerted me to the questionable nature of this comment was that the commenter asked about Twitter in order to read my posts. Why not just follow my blog? The other red flag was the username, which is Red Dining Room Furniture.
But this comment is grammatically correct, it’s logically stated (I mean, really, who doesn’t absolutely enjoy my blog?), and has the earmarks of someone who might not be a blogger but prefers other social mediums like Twitter. Also, the URL nor the email address are nothing unusual and actually has a person’s name instead of a company or a product.
I didn’t want to click on it because my overactive imagination saw my computer being infested with worms and other terrible vermin.
So, I emailed my savvy friend, LimebirdBeth at Limebird Writers, to ask her what she thought. This is a girl who can tap her shoes together and beautiful things happen. Beth confirmed it is indeed EVIL and to not approve the comment.
So, just a heads up to all bloggers out there. The bad guys are getting smarter. Watch your backs.