No one likes spam. And no one should! Which is why the reported uptick in AIM spammers—thanks again for pulling support, Aol—be so frustrating. But it doesn't have to be. Why not have a little fun?

When interacting with a spambot, you've got a few options. There's the obvious "block and ignore" for when you've got too many real human people to talk to. As Brent Rose pointed out a few months back, there's the timeless "call them out early and often." But me? I like to engage my subject. Make a friend.

8:10
Thursday, March 29, 2012

8:10
pinkcindy178@yahoo.com
hi

8:40
pinkcindy178@yahoo.com
hello?

8:48
Brian Barrett
good morning!

8:48
null null
hey there. 23 femaIe here.. you?

8:48
Brian Barrett
30 male, thank you for asking

8:49
null null
hmmm. have wee chattted b4?

8:49
Brian Barrett
don't think so! I knew a kid in middle school named null null but we fell out of touch

8:49
null null
oh ok sorrry i wasn't sure im aIways meeeting new peopIe. anywaysz.. whats up?

8:52
Brian Barrett
oh not much. I've just been trying to get people to click links I send them on AIM but no one's into it!

8:53
null null
im sooooooo bored... i have somme pics on my proffiIe on this webssite if you want 2 see?

8:53
Brian Barrett
wait, does this mean you're ALSO trying to get people to click links? how's it been going on your end?
any "takers" hahaha that's not a pun.

8:54
null null
http://referer.us/3/9EEry1 jusst go theree and make a frree profilIe
you have to signupp causee i have some nakeed pictures on there so the sitte makes sure u r ovr 18 b4 u can see themm
and don't worrry it iss 100% freeee i promiise. mk?

8:55
Brian Barrett
wait, it's free? honestly if this is something you put time and effort into the least I can do is pay
would you like my credit card number?

8:55
null null
when you get signnedd up and lIogged in theen search for my profiiIe itts "sexyashey1988"
my passswoord for my private gaIIery is "imsosexyy88" if u wantt 2 see my naked piics

8:56
Brian Barrett
you must love 1988! are you a big dodgers fan?

8:56
null null
brb phonne caII.

8:56
Brian Barrett
oh that reminds me, let me know if you want my phone number too! IM can be so impersonal.
also while we're talking and since I feel like we're pretty friendly at this point, have you noticed an increase in AIM spammers lately?
especially since AOL cut off support to AIM?
is now a good time to talk about your spelling?
it just seems like you're holding down certain keys too long.

As of this posting, null null is still on the phone.

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The important thing to remember is that AIM spam is here to stay, so we might as well have some fun with it. Don't click on any links, don't give out any personal information. But do make a spambot friend today. It's lonely out there on the digital corner.

Image credit: Shutterstock/Aleksandr Doodko