Empty spam feasts on in-boxes

Thursday, 10 August 2006, 12:22 AM EST

Email in-boxes are under attack from some unlikely menaces: J.R.R. Tolkien, Daniel Defoe, Alexandre Dumas and other authors whose classic works are surfacing in a newly popular spam scam.

Sometimes known as "empty spam," the persistent strain of junk mail has been puzzling millions of consumers in recent weeks. These emails, unlike standard spam, contain no perceptible marketing offers, viruses or requests for personal information. They are just blocks of text, often lifted from classic literature.

At WSJ.

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