Spam fritters

Posted on 2006-05-25
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
Hi experts,

This isn't perhaps a normal question so there's no "best" forum to put it in, so let's see what you guys here think.

I'm fed up with hoax E-mails telling me to go to my bank website, go to Paypal, or telling me they've deducted money from my credit card and I have to follow their link to get it back, etc, etc., plus offers to buy shares, offers to buy items you've got for sale if they send a big cheque and you return the difference to them, etc; you know the sort of rubbish I mean.

They all come from short-lived E-mail addresses and are probably sent automatically. It's a penalty from having my E-mail address on my web site.

I sometimes send them a rude reply, but one is going to make no difference.

Do you know of any program that will send the same reply to them let's say 1000 times, maybe with my E-mail address removed? Maybe enough people doing that might discourage them.

Thanks, Stuart
Question by:StuartOrd
    LVL 32

    Assisted Solution

    "Do you know of any program that will send the same reply to them let's say 1000 times"

    Unfortunately, this will do no good, and just make things worse. In every case of such spam that I have seen, the return address is fake, so your emails will either bounce, or be delivered to some innocent 3rd party who will wonder why you are sending them all those complaints.
    LVL 29

    Assisted Solution

    Ditto on the auto spam software.

    You surely have publicly disclosed your email address in a less appropriate manner (in the sense that it was easily harvested) and too many times.

    I would suggest you create a new really private email address and use discretion when disclosing it, like:

    "mynickNOSPAM (at) NOSPAMsomeisp (dot) com remove NOSPAM to mail me"



    LVL 16

    Accepted Solution

    spamming the spammers? yeah, that'll work! ;-)

    1) create a new email address for your 'real' work, and keep the published email address separate
    2) invest in an anti-spam tool or service (spamassassin, postini, etc) and use DNS blacklists  - these will actually catch most of the bad stuff for you

    Author Comment

    Thanks guys. I knew there had to be a snag. My last "complaint" has indeed returned, unknown recipient, but not all seem to return.
    I'll try your suggestions.
    Meantime, please someone figure a way to shut down these people...
    LVL 16

    Expert Comment

    in fact, *if* the response actually gets to the spammer, you have then verified to him that your address is a working, valid address - which he can then continue to use, and sell to other spammers!
    LVL 2

    Expert Comment

    I know this question is already closed, but this might help for your website to prevent spambots.  Instead of the mailto link in your website, use this script in the code of your page where you want the email address to appear:

    <!-- // Javascript Email Address Encoder
    //  by

          var first = 'ma';
          var second = 'il';
          var third = 'to:';
          var address = 'user';
          var domain = 'domain';
          var ext = 'com';              
          document.write('<a href="');
          document.write('name to appear on web page');
    // -->

    Replace the items in these lines to fit your email address:
          var address = 'user';
          var domain = 'domain';
          var ext = 'com';              

    and the last line - replace with your name, not your email address.  Or you can put an image there.

    The author also has a page where you can plug in your info to create the code to copy and paste:


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