Does spam work?

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  1. Dave Poehlman

    Dave Poehlman Producer

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    I mean, someone somewhere must be buying these penis enlargers and pot substitutes otherwise they wouldn't be sending out so many f*#king emails!

    I get a TON of spam every day. I don't respond to any of it because I've read that that doesn't work anyway... but it still keeps coming!

    My old email address closes tomorrow and I was just looking through to see if anyone legitimate has sent me anything. Well, I've got 373 pieces of spam. (albeit I haven't checked it in a while.. but thats still rediculous!)

    So if you know someone who is buying the online Viagra or the 100% natural breast enlargement.. TELL THEM TO KNOCK IT OFF!
     
  2. Rob Gillespie

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    Classic comment from one of the girls in our office a while back:

    "I'm really sick of these emails telling me how I can make my penis bigger"
     
  3. DennisHP

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    I was thinking of taking advantage of the spam that says I can enlarge my breasts. It might be fun.
     
  4. Cam S

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    Funny, I have a hotmail account and don't get ANY spam, NONE. It's weird considering I don't have any of those options set where it ONLY lets e-mail from "safe" poeple through to your Inbox.
     
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    my brother (who works in IT) once told me that you should not reply and ask to be removed from their mailing list. this in effect tells the spammers that your email is a valid one, and they might remove you from their list but promptly "sell" your address to someone else.

    any thoughts? of my three emails accounts, the one with my local ISP gets lots of spam, previously I'd made the error of "unsubscribing" from spam and I now seem to get even more. my office account, which is also the account I use for online purchases, doesn't get any spam at all, save for "newsletter" type mailers from amazon and other online retailers I buy from, and my Yahoo account doesn't get any spam either.
     
  7. AviTevet

    AviTevet Stunt Coordinator

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    Yeah, never reply to spam, click any links... don't even open them if you can help it. Turn off your preview pane. What some spammers will do is send mail with a 1x1 image whose source is an ASP page that uses the query string to identify that you opened the email and therefore your email is valid. So you open/preview the email, or look at it in your preview pane, and outlook goes to the web to retrieve the image (http://spammerssite.com/image.asp?email=yourEmail) and records that your email is valid.
     
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    The only one making money is the person that sold all those people your Email address in the first place.
    kd
     
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  11. Chris Smith

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    Lets count today. I have 3 email accounts that I must check every day (Outlook is set to check every 10 mins).
    Account Number 1 - Never got ANY spam on it until a month ago. It was my University of Delaware account and when I graduated, they must have a)Sold my account info or b)posted my address online somewhere where spiders can get it. I have gotten 6 spams from this account today.
    Account number 2 - Work account which I do not give to anyone who isn't work related. 0 Spams Woo Hoo!
    Account Number 3 - Junk account (for Buy.com HTF type signups) 45 since 12:00 this morning, not a bad day, that's pretty light, actually.
    www.cloudmark.com - Distributed Spam filter. It is still in beta and only works with outlook but it has been catching about 65 to 75% of the Spam that comes into my computer. Also places a Block button on your toolbar that allows you to just click it and have the message be sent into your spam folder. There are 453 messages in this folder since the first of July. Check it out if you're using Outlook.
     
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    http://www.mailwasher.net/ was the best thing I ever did to reduce spam, good for stopping viruses too, doesn't do hotmail (yet) however.
     
  13. JoshF

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    The best spam fighter I have encountered yet is a feature in Apple OSX's mail client. It comes with OSX (it's just called mail.app) and has a feature called "bounce". When I select a message in my in box and click bounce, it sends the message right back to whoever sent it saying that my email address doesn't exist, exactly like those "Failed Delivery Attempt" emails you get when you send to an address that doesn't exist.
    This is what the mail.app help file says about it:
     

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