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I'm being suggested as a good place to send spam

     

Rolf21

4:40 pm on Jul 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Interesting problem, more of an annoyance really.

Someone has put together a list of supposedly fake email addresses for the harvesters, and is encouraging people to put this fake list on their sites in an attempt to clog up the spam lists with so many fake addresses they become worthless.

Whilst I applaud the notion I can see 2 major flaws with this idea.

First, it won't clog the system up, it's too easy to send spam - send a million send a billion, it's all the same to them - set it off and let it run.

Second, there's at least 1 real email address on the list - namely, mine! I can only assume there are other real email addresses too.

Not sure there's much I can do about it, being as there are now a number of sites with the list on them, the address is already on the spam lists, and the people who made the fakes list aren't replying to my emails (probably getting caught in theri spam filter, ha ha)

500 per day and counting, any suggestions?

inbound

4:50 pm on Jul 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Contact anti-spam companies to see if the account is any good to them, it looks as though you have a honeypot without trying (although 500 spams a day is nothing).

Alternatively you could encourage spam and it as a marketing ploy. Bill Gates is the most-spammed person in the world (4,000,000 a day), try to take the title from him ;)

Quadrille

6:41 pm on Jul 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Why do you applaud such a stupid idea?

It's an invitation to every idiot on the planet with a grudge; and the last people it will hurt are spammers. Do you think they care if 100,000 addies are false, when they routinely send 10,000,000

Time to choose your friends more carefully, I suggest!

Get a better spam filter, or reroute your mail via yahoo, Google and hotmail - that should catch most of it.

Or change your email address.

Rolf21

9:09 am on Jul 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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inbound : lol, good ideas :-)

Quadrille : I don't applaud the idea, I applaud the notion (the notion being to do something subversive toward the spammers) - my whole point is that the idea is stupid and has 2 major flaws.

I don't understand what my friends have to do with it.

I don't want to reroute my mail via a free mail service as it's a business address on my business domain name.

My spam filter does catch most of it, which is why it's more of an annoyance than a problem.

If suggesting the obvious was required you would have surpassed yourself, but thanks, I so love to be patronised by people who didn't read the first post properly.

 

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