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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Spam Blast from the Past
Update: reports are coming in that Ben Jackson is now going by the name of Charles Coldman. Either that or he found some suckass doofus to join his downstream.

Just got this email this morning. I'd been job-hunting recently so I figured it was some MLM jackass trolling one of the job boards. Then I noticed the email address it was sent to my old UC address. Then I notice the date. Those UC mail servers may be slow, but they're persistent:

Hell, Ben has probably moved on to by now. Or
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
you certainly bitch a lot. too bad you don't offer any information to actually help people. : )
Blogger Tomohiro Idokoro comments:
you certainly bitch a lot. too bad you don't offer any information to actually help people. : )

Anonymous Anonymous comments:
I think he meant you didn't even say whether this was a scam or not. You just complained. i figure all these things are scams and just throw them in my junk box and that's exactly where this latest one from Ben Jackson is going!
Blogger Tomohiro Idokoro comments:
I think he meant you didn't even say whether this was a scam or not. You just complained.

Jeez, people. Do I have to draw a map? The blog is called the Shit List. The cited email has an exclamation mark in the subject line. The job requirements include "valid email address." The url has a dash in it.

I think your grandma could even figure this one out.
Blogger female-tech comments:
LoL .. I definitely figured this one out. It's not that hard like you say. ;-) And I was drawn to this site because I just got an e-mail from Ben (dated from MARCH of 2003), and he is still at if you were still wondering. Haha..
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
i just got that very same email

Blogger Tomohiro Idokoro comments:
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
I got a similar E-mail from Charles Coldman, 11/10/07
Blogger oatmealsnap comments:
yea, i just got a similar e-mail from Charles Coldman too.
Blogger prince comments:
i too got the same e-mail from charles coldman. I repied to this e-mail and i got some shit where i had to pay $30 to participate in this. Hell no I am not paying $30 for this
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
I got an email like that too but it seems that doesn't exist. vFrom: Charles Coldman coldman
Subject: 4500$/Month Regular Paycheck
Date: 15 Nov 2007 21:36:47 -0000

Dear Student,
Please, review the following financial case!
Every day big corporations write large checks to people who stay at home and share their opinion.
These corporations from every business sector are spending huge amounts of money gathering opinions from people like you so that they can zero-in on products and services that consumers will want.
Incredible as it may seem, most people are totally unaware that big corporations will gladly pay you to fill out simple surveys on the internet.
They do a lot of testing before they launch a product on the market. They really have to because if it bombs, it costs them millions of dollars.
That's where you come in. These companies need your knowledge, opinion and expertise to prevent them from shooting themselves in the foot again. They will gladly pay for your time in order to save themselves from a potential marketing disaster.
Companies will pay you $5 to $75 per hour just to fill out simple online surveys from the comfort of your own home.
Get paid $30 to $220 per hour for participating in focus group panels for 30 to 60 minutes.
Have new products sent to you before they are released on the market.
Get paid to preview movie trailers $4to $75 per hour!
If you have the willingness to participate in this new and tempting program and pay the university fees all by yourself, please reply to my e-mail.

Best Regards,
Charles Coldman
Consumer Research Manager

Sounds like a SCAM to me.
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
He's hit the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) website with his snakeoil mail campain. UTD is usually very good at blocking spam. I wonder how he got past them?
Blogger prince comments:
Man..i wonder if this spam is true or not...although i dont trust it since we will have to pay $30 to join
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
He's gotten to the University of Arkansas Fayetteville mail server too. And i've received this e-mail three times in the past week.
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
Tagged the University of Virginia server too. The man gets around.
Blogger Tomohiro Idokoro comments:
It's turning into the March Madness of spam.
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
hit northern ny schools too
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
yep. hit Western Kentucky University too. several times
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
Hit Mercer University too! We have been getting scam emails left and right though. The was last wks... =====
Dearest Beloved Friend,
Greetings To You and Your Family,
I am Anita J. Adams from Ivory Coast a Retired Bank Accountant.I am ill and have a Blood cancer,my Doctors said that it is likely i will die within the next few weeks.I was married to Late Mr J Adams who was an Ex Contractor with the government of our Country before his untimley death.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $8.700 Million {Eight Million Seven Hundered thousand USD} with one of the leading Commercial Banks in our Counry and as i write you, this money is still in the custody of this Bank.
I have decided that you help me transfer this money out of here to your country through your help where my only child will be able to futher his Education also Stay under your care until he grows up as it is not better i die leaving the money here as i do not have any surviving Relation to take care of my Child for me since he is too small and also to take care of this money.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall tell the bank to transfer the money to you.Please Email Me Now through this email address if you want to help me.
It would be required of you to furnish me with the following of your information to enable me put a letter to the bank making you the eligible beneficiary to the funds with them.

You Full Names:
Your Address:
Your Date of Birth:
Your Telephone and Fax numbers:
Your Occupation:
Bank Account Particulars
I beg of you to deal with me honestly and render me your assistance to the fullest of your capacity. You would be helping a dying woman and most importantly you would be touching the lives of a huge number of people. I hope I would be able to count on you while I wait impatiently for the time to come. My bones are slowly cleaving to my skin.
I hope to hear from you as soon as possible.
In God's Arms,

Anonymous Anonymous comments:
That university-careers guy also hit up the University of Colorado, Boulder. I think that e-mail from Anita is hillarious!
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
Washington State University. Not like it is anything new for us. We also get the lottery win, relative death/inheritance, and others.

To the first poster... I don't think Mr. Idokoro is here to hold your hand and if you seriously can't figure it out, you deserve to be out 30 dollars. Just my thoughts :)
Blogger David comments:
I just got one today... Muhlenberg College here.
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
An IP scan on "" turned up the following. Pursue this at your own risk:

% This is the RIPE Whois query server #3.
% The objects are in RPSL format.
% Rights restricted by copyright.
% See

% Note: This output has been filtered.
% To receive output for a database update, use the "-B" flag.

% Information related to ' -'

inetnum: -
netname: BG-NETPLUS-980825
descr: NetPlus Ltd
country: BG
admin-c: KHP1-RIPE
tech-c: KHP1-RIPE
mnt-lower: NETPLUS-MNT
mnt-routes: NETPLUS-MNT
source: RIPE # Filtered

organisation: ORG-NL2-RIPE
org-name: NetPlus Ltd
org-type: LIR
address: 2, Dragan Tzankov blvd.
Business Center - office #2
address: 1421
address: Sofia
address: Bulgaria
phone: +359 2 9516545
fax-no: +359 2 9516545
fax-no: +359 2 9520309
admin-c: DG2322-RIPE
admin-c: MS494-RIPE
mnt-ref: NETPLUS-MNT
mnt-ref: RIPE-NCC-HM-MNT
source: RIPE # Filtered

person: Kostadin H. Pavlov
address: 6 Dimcho Debelianov Str
address: 4000 Plovdiv Bulgaria
phone: +359 32 637081
fax-no: +359 32 637082
nic-hdl: KHP1-RIPE
source: RIPE # Filtered

% Information related to ''

descr: Netplus customer and internal
origin: AS9184
source: RIPE # Filtered

% Information related to ''

descr: Rimex-Net
origin: AS38932
source: RIPE # Filtered
Anonymous Anonymous comments: that we know who the guy is we better take some action on this guy...well guys what do ya say
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
Mr. Coldman hit southeastern as well.
Too bad we can't just email bomb him or something XD.. just nuke his account full of crap "SPAM SPAM SPAM"
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
yeah, hit University of California in San Diego too.... :S!!! What soab!!!
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
Codman got to my work email, across an ocean and on the other side of the country from where I went to college!
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
Yea hit the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor....the shitbag...
Blogger Cesar comments:
This fucker hit the University of California at Davis too, man this guy is a freaking charlatan. He pretend to be from a University Career Center to lure people into his scam. DON'T FALL $ IT, I made the mistake of falling once because I was too young and stupid and it ain't nothing but a scam.
Anonymous Brian comments:
Keene State in US has been hit, three times in the past week.
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
add ucla to the list. people like this deserve to die already. as well as whoever falls for this.
Blogger Tomohiro Idokoro comments:
Yea hit the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor....the shitbag...

Hasn't U of M already suffered enough this year? This guy needs to hit Ohio St. Or Missouri.
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
Charles Coldman has also been extending his fine offer to Penn State.
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
He has also hit UF pretending to be from the career center... i'm sad to report my roommate and i almost fell for it.
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
add U.C.S.C to the list also.
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
just got one at Bloomsburg University in PA.. the guys a dumbass.
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
Got one in Oregon as well at Western Oregon University
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
got another one u of m ann arbor
Blogger The14th comments:
Just got one at Michigan Tech from a "Charles Coldman".
Blogger The14th comments:
it came from and he's calling himself a Consumer Research Manager. what a joke.
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
Yep, Mr. Coldman hit up Texas Wesleyan Law School too. It's a shame that career services let this get through.
I checked out the website and I can tell it's fake by a couple of different things:
1. There's no "Terms of Use." Every legitimate website has this and asks you to verify that you've read it before you can create an account.
2. The "privacy policy" is crap. I'm a 1st year law student, but I could've written something better than that even in undergrad.
3. When you go to pay, they have a pull down menu so you can select USD currency, OR ANY OTHER WORLDWIDE CURRENCY. Are they really trying to tell us that they are involved on a global scale, but have no terms of use protecting their copyrights, trademarks, etc.? Give me a break!
4. Lastly, when you go to the payment page, it says it's powered by "eSellerate" and if you check out that page, they have a legitimate looking "Terms of Use" and "Privacy Policy." But they could be fakes too...
Beware and good luck to everyone going through finals!!!
Anonymous almost-deceived comments:
ISU too. damn this guy is everywhere
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
getting this email through University of Washington account.
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
Yeah...I've been getting a shitload of e-mails from Charles Coldman here at Murray State too.
Anonymous Katherine comments:
So what happens if you email them back? they email you a virus or something?
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
don't forget the canadian schools! university of guelph at least twice in 2 years already!
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
I guess he's moved on to Canada. Cause Univeristy of Western Ontario just got hit today! Good old Charles.. he must be busy!
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
He's hit California Polytechnic University, Pomona

(CalPoly Pomona)
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
add university of kansas to the list!
Blogger Saj comments:
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Anonymous Anonymous comments:
yep hez in Canada alrite...he jus hit University of Guelph....y do ppl do this
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
i dont even know if youre still running this blog anymore or whatever, but im a uni student in melbourne, australia and i jsut got an email from your friend charles coldman offering me the same 4500 a month. seems hes all over the world! and yep, still at, but the website doesnt actually exist - was googling that when i came across ur blog!!!
Blogger Rachel comments:
seriously, how do they get access to college emailing lists? lol it only takes trying to look up to figure it out.
Iowa State University too. Multiple times.
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
exact same letter, but this time from Martin Cooper at acta-research dot com going through the university of oxford
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
Mr. Charles Coldman Managed to get Western Illinois University 14 times in the span of a week. Do you think he got his hopes up on us because we're not a big name school?
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
add UC Berkeley to the list too. At least three times, the last one with a different name, Martin Cooper.
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
Ditto to Oxford. William Pullman. Received exactly the same off Cooper twice the week before.
Blogger Steve comments:
add michigan state to the list
Blogger fastf0rward comments:
Yup, got one for UC Davis, too. Sheesh.
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
and Washington State university. If only I could find him on the net to send an obscene email
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
Hit the south. from William Pullman at acta-research at the University of Georgia.
Anonymous Anonymous comments:
William Pullman also hit University of Utah, Responded just to see what it was and then this week he sent me a supposed 50% coupon. What a Joke.
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