When Spam Killer met Spam Killer

This is brilliantly ironic! I use SpamAssassin to rid my inbox of those invitations to enlarge my genitalia, spy on my employees or help some friendly Nigerian with his cashflow. It usually works well, except today I get a response from an email I’d sent – and that was labelled as spam. Better still, it was an automated spam filter email 🙂

SpamAssassin said:

This mail is probably spam….
Content analysis details: (5.40 points, 5 required)
NO_REAL_NAME (1.0 points) From: does not include a real name
HTML_LINK_CLICK_HERE (0.1 points) BODY: HTML link text says "click here"
HTML_10_20 (1.0 points) BODY: Message is 10% to 20% HTML
FORGED_YAHOO_RCVD (2.7 points) ‘From’ yahoo.com does not match ‘Received’ headers
CLICK_BELOW (0.0 points) Asks you to click below
PRIORITY_NO_NAME (0.6 points) Message has priority setting, but no X-Mailer"

…and here’s the email that triggered this….

"This is an automated reply being sent by my spamkiller software.
Hello, you recently sent a message to me at xxxxxx@yahoo.com.
My mailbox is protected from junk mail by ChoiceMail – a permission-based email system that requires senders to be granted permission to contact the recipient. It prevents any spam or email from unregistered senders from ever reaching my mailbox.
Please click on the link below to verify your identity.

[Click here to request approval]

When your browser opens, fill in your name and a short reason for wanting to send e-mail to me. If your reason is acceptable, your first email and all subsequent e-mails from you will be delivered to me normally. If you do not respond to the spamkiller, your original email will be deleted automatically.

There is no need to send your original mail again.

Please be aware that a response is required within 4 day(s) to prevent your messages from being automatically deleted. "

…Wonderfully ironic isn’t it 😛