Junk e-mail

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  1. Jason Handy

    Jason Handy Second Unit

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    Maybe this has been covered before, but I was astonished to see 41 new junk mail messages appear in my internet mail account over the weekend.
    My question is this: does anybody here even look at them? With sender addresses like [email protected] it is clearly not someone I plan to take on as a pen pal. And with subject lines becoming more freaky (e.g. "I found your wallet") it makes me wonder exactly what these people are trying to accomplish.
    How does this whole sub-culture e-commerce thing work? Who is making money off the whole thing? I just delete it all, but once in awhile I open it up and see that it is usually some scam asking me to call some number in the next 48 hours to claim my free trip to Bermuda (use claim code 46ECT).
    I am baffled because it seems to me that it is all the work of scam artists.
    Discuss.
     
  2. brentl

    brentl Cinematographer

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    I feel your pain...

    You can't just block it because they get caught, then they go back in with a different name and the same list and the emails start again.
     
  3. Bill Catherall

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    It is terrible. And usually at the bottom they make some claim that states "This is not unsolicited email. You are receiving this email because you signed up for a service with ***** and agreed to receive promotional materials. If you do not wish to receive these messages and would like to be removed from our lists then please click here." Then when you follow the link to be removed it only confirms your email address and makes the spamming get worse.
    I use Yahoo mail and they have a feature that allows you to block addresses. When I get messages that are always from the same source I just click the "Block this address" link and I never see any more of them. Unfortunately, many of the spammers are smart about that too and always change the username in the address. You can't block by domain, you have to block by [email protected] So I create a filter that deletes email from certain domains. But then they go and use the yahoo mail or hotmail domain, so I'd be blocking email from friends and family.
    These things make me really mad. [​IMG]
     
  4. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Stupidly, I'm still using my Excite account. When the company switched management, the original anti-Spam software was dumped. It was not unusual to get more than fifty junk mailings a day. And talk about my anger.

    Why haven't I opened a Hotmail account yet?
     
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  6. MikeAlletto

    MikeAlletto Cinematographer

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    I have multiple email accounts on all the major free emails systems. I only use my master account for real email. Everytime I order something or do a contest or info on the web I pick one of the other accounts. At some point in time I must have setup a netscape email account. Don't remember doing it and I have never used it but oh well. So I sign on with AOLIM one day and it seems to be automatically configured to check @netscape.com email. You can't turn it off. Well it says I have email. So I click on the link. 525 email messages! HAHAHA I turned off all email sounds and warnings in AOLIM so I don't have to see this. I deleted them all and forgot about it. You know that netscape banner at the top of cnn? Well sometimes it shows me how many emails I have on that netscape account. About a week later I had 525 emails again. This time I'm just letting it sit out there and take up space on netscapes servers. I don't care. I'm tempted to go open a few more email accounts on their servers just to take up more space. That'll teach them to sell my email address.
     
  7. Jason Handy

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  8. Clinton McClure

    Clinton McClure Casual Enthusiast

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    I am averaging 75 spams per day with my Hotmail account. I enjoy reading the topic headers because most of them are pretty funny.
     
  9. Rob FM

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    *IF* you have a Hotmail account, you can put addresses on a "Safe List" and have ALL others sent to junk mail (a further option is to have all that junk mail deleted _immediately_ instead of 7 days later).
    Hotmail also lets you block by domain (i.e. [email protected])
    ~NEVER open junk mail (it could sent read receipts back, letting them know it's a valid account)
    ~NEVER reply to junk mail (same problem as above, now they know it's a valid account)
    My .02 worth
    ~Rob
     
  10. Scott L

    Scott L Producer

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    The junkmail filter on hotmail is pretty handy. I have it set on high and *most* of the pornographic emails never get in my inbox.

    Though I have received an email I needed badly in the junk mail folder. From that time on I always check it and make sure nothing is there that isn't supposed to be.

    It's not uncommon for me to get just under 200 junk emails over the weekend if I go on a little trip. I'd say about 70% of it is in the junkmail folder, and all the rest is in my inbox.
     
  11. Kevin P

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  12. Jason Handy

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    Hi,
    The porn websites and spammers get away with advertising teen content legally because they certify that their "models" are at least eighteen years old. I imagine the truly sick sites with actual child pornography are not sending out e-mail spam campaigns. If they are, they had better be located outside of the United States (and most of the world for that matter).
    Thanks,
    Jeff
     
  14. Deane Johnson

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    These people sending out spam are sick. And I can't imagine anyone responding to them, ever. It's sort of the sick preying upon the sick.

    Daily my mailbox gets offers of the following:

    Pills that will make my penis grow 2 to 3 inches longer (guaranteed).

    Pills that will increase ejaculation by 581% (not 580%, but 581%).

    Pills that will enlarge my breasts

    Pills that will attract men or women to me (I don't know how it determines which I want attracted to me).

    Links to sites that will show teen girls doing unimaginable things.

    Offers to set up my own web business sending out this crap and getting wealthy doing nothing.

    Get marijuana.

    Get Viagra

    And on and on.

    As I say, can you imagine anyone responding to these shams? If so, they are far more stupid than the people sending them out.

    One thing about the internet, it has brought out the scum of the earth.

    Deane
     
  15. Todd H

    Todd H Go Dawgs!

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    I recently read somewhere that in a few years the average amount of spam a person receives in one day will be over 1000 e-mails. Can you imagine the time and money wasted on sorting through 1000 spam messages a day? The bad part is that the ISPs have to foot the bill to send this crap. Of course they pass the cost on to us, the subscribers.
    If you get your e-mail through a POP3 account, there are a few options to help control the amount of spam you receive. I use a program called Spam Killer (you can find it at www.spamkiller.com I believe.) It does a good job of filtering spam. You can also send complaints and error messages to ISPs using Spam Killer.
    Spamcop.net is also a good option. They offer free spam reporting to help close these spammer's accounts. They also offer spam-free e-mail services for a small monthly fee.
    I'm sure there are other options out there as well.
     
  16. Jason Handy

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    Todd,

    I feel like, even with the spamkiller software, we are just polishing the brass on the Titanic - the whole thing is going down! (Tyler Durden)

    I heard the methods these scum use specifically target loopholes in the spam software. The best thing I have seen so far is the Junk Mail folder in Hotmail. At least I can just hit "Empty Folder" and they all go away easily.

    Good suggestions though, because some help is better than none, eh?

    Jason
     
  17. Rain

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    Most of the email addresses these things come from are not even valid. I'm not sure how they accomplish this.
    I think the purpose is mostly advertising for something or other (mostly porn sites). Some are also viruses.
    I have the same problem with my Yahoo account.
    My suggestion would be to just delete them without opening them. Unfortunately, I don't think much can be done to eliminate the problem.
     
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  20. Jason Handy

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    I also notice that the spam comes in spurts (no pun intended [​IMG]). I will get nothing during the day, but while I sleep the spam gremlins go to work and send me all kinds of enticing ways to make $250,000 from home, or get free Viagra, or better yet, see young asians with household pets! Sign me up man...
    If only the mental firepower of these a-holes could be put to some productive use, we might be living on Mars by now!
    Jason
     

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