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Topic # 23003 15-Jun-2008 09:55
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Hi everyone

I just glanced at my 2oth spam email for the day to make sure it wasn't important before deleting my spam folder and I was wondering, is there no way of fighting back against these people?

Is it not possible that when you receive a spam email you can send hundreds of anonymous emails back to them so they get bogged down and spend more time reading emails looking for genuine customers than they do spamming innocent people with generous offers for viagra and cheap masters degrees and doctorates.

I am no doubt only 1 of millions of people fed up with spammers today.
Knowing my luck, I would get fined and arrested for spamming!

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Reply # 138112 15-Jun-2008 10:00
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No1Daemon: Is it not possible that when you receive a spam email you can send hundreds of anonymous emails back to them so they get bogged down and spend more time reading emails looking for genuine customers than they do spamming innocent people with generous offers for viagra and cheap masters degrees and doctorates.


This is a bad, bad idea! You do realise most of these spammers fake their reply addresses, using someone else's address?

If you start sending back millions of e-mails you are most likely

a) hitting innocent people
b) contributing for the problem by overloading e-mail servers around







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  Reply # 138114 15-Jun-2008 10:05
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No I never realised many of the addressess they send from were faked.

How do they do any business then?
Are you saying if I was to click on one the emails advertising viagra or something I would be replying to the person whos address they faked?
What is the point of that for the spammers.

Is there no way to find the true origin of the emails?

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  Reply # 138117 15-Jun-2008 10:10
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Most spam have links to websites, which are hosted on some compromised machines part of a botnet with dynamic IPs or hoted in some countries where the ISPs don't give a damn.

Hard to trace back to the spammers because today most are sending spam out of the other compromised machines - most don't use their own hosting for this, ever - making it really hard to trace back.

The most effective way to find them? The money track. Money talks.






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  Reply # 138121 15-Jun-2008 10:14
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Hence the reason no one does it.

I was referring in my original email to targeting the spammers real locations, not just sending random emails myself or else I would be a spammer myself.

I feel better for having a little rant though.

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  Reply # 140147 24-Jun-2008 12:27
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If you're interested in the whole anti-spam thingy, start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/News.admin.net-abuse.email

And remember, There Is No Lumber Cartel.

Cheers
Jon

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