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What needs to be done about bystander like myself preventing this from happening?
Thanks for future advice
Unless your server is compromised ( ask your host to check for you and tighten up old scripts ..remove/ disable "squirrel" and "horde" ) you have little or nothing to worry about ..
set your server mail to send all mail to "unknown adresses" to "black hole" and it should stop ..
AOL have some wiggy spam lists ..but then they send out about 10 to 20 % of all spam via their throw away sign up accounts so should you care what they think?
I have a popular domain for emails (free for a group of sports supporters), and it was chosen at random as the return address for a spam campaign. I found out who was behind it and redirected all spam back to their server, it soon stopped the spam, they just move on to the next victim.
blackholing it is effective and legal..
it will stop and there will be no risk of being labelled spammer himself
this only happens on old email addresses where i used to display email addresses normally - they almost certainly got picked up by email harvesters back then - once the spammers have your email address, there's nothing you can do to stop them spamming
A spammer is using my domain as a return address to spam the heck out of people.
Yep, and you usually get spam email in pairs - one to you, and a ricochet from someone else that hits you with the failure (for the out of date addys in the spam program), because they're using your email addy for spoofing. They are the scum of the earth, they totally pollute my email, and if I could find them and take a machete to them, I'd very much enjoy it. Always "meds", "software", "ci*alis" (whatever the hell that is), and mortgages. I hate those creeps with every cell of my body. They're sitting there in their underwear, no doubt, clicking once and sending millions of that crap planet-wide. They should be rounded-up and hung in the main square. (Imho, etc).
Hmm - might be a little messy, eh? Let's make the drawn and quartered part optional.