Overview of spam from Woodside
9 Aug 2008
Note: Automated spam monitoring stopped several years
ago. These web pages are maintained for historical reasons. Some
may be updated from time to time as news about the individual sites
No spam today
General information about Woodside
The Woodside Literary Agency (aka Photo Phoenix International) is a
known fraud. See Jane
In short, aspiring writers or photographers
are told that their work is salable but that they need to pay
various fees to Woodside before their work can be sold. The fees
continue to escalate, but the artist never sells their work.
REMEMBER: No reputable agent ever charges money
For more info, see
There is no contact info for Woodside. Try postmaster
A complete history may also be available.
- Only a small subset of usenet (261 groups) was sampled. Only
articles that hadn't been cancelled yet were counted. Actual
spam may have been much greater.
- Heuristics that detect single-posted articles are, by their very
nature, somewhat shaky. Innocent articles may be tagged as spam
because they share certain characteristics or keywords with
actual spam. In particular, a posted spam complaint that includes
the spam in its entirety will very often be identified as spam.
- Some posts may be forgeries intended to look like they came
- The first entry in the history file is not used to compute peak
or average spam counts, as this entry covers an unknown number of days.
This may cause an apparent disreprency between spam totals and spam
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