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Posted 09 March 2012 - 10:58 AM
Out of curiosity I googled the email and it comes up as being a well know spam bot email address. However, I had already replied to the spam email thinking it was a real customer.
My question is, what would likely happen next? Would the bot then add my email (that I replied from) as being a "real email" and then I get heaps of spam?
Or will I get blacklisted for having communicated with this spammer?
Just curious thanks
Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:16 AM
Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:21 AM
*packing suitcase* OK! No time to say goodbye am rushing out the door!
Seriously though, I was thinking more (out of curiosity) how the spam bot operates - I guess that they join capture forms to get replies from real email and real people that they then add to their "good email list"
Am I on the right track here?
My fault though - my form doesn't have a captcha....need to add that.....
Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:22 AM
Congrat for the consistent great forum.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:53 AM
That list of about a million or so confirmed addresses sells for a higher price.
However the upside is that the quality of the Spam that you get inundated with will be a far higher quality.
Probably more convincing and tempting as well.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 01:45 PM
Posted 09 March 2012 - 01:48 PM
It'll be kinda obvious though what premium spam i get now b/c i just now opened that email account so the next spam that makes it through will be from that particular lovely person.
I wonder if spam will ever be stopped?
Posted 09 March 2012 - 03:42 PM
Posted 09 March 2012 - 03:49 PM
How much innocent mail do you estimate gets killed by friendly fire ??
Posted 09 March 2012 - 04:23 PM
Jeeeez. Fort Knox.
PS Surely some innocent mail must get caught up no?
Like what if someone was contacting you for a genuine opportunity? I guess they can pick up the phone or snail mail but I like to keep my email (mostly) open so that if someone does want to get me for legit reasons - they can.
Posted 10 March 2012 - 09:16 AM
I collect mail from several whois listed addresses and 'support@' addresses, so at one time I was getting around two thousand messages a day of which ~90% were junk, now it's down to ~500 a day with only 2% to 3% that are 'phishing' or other junk.
Draconian measures they maybe, but for me, it works.
Posted 10 March 2012 - 09:33 AM
I've yet to see one that came in from a random email
For all the forums, "social sites" etc. I am a member of, I have forwarders/aliases for a specific email ID relevant to each website that go to a mail box that has a name that is unlikely to be guessed at, and each alias is whitelisted through the filters. So I know where a message originated and whether it may be something useful or worth pursuing.
Should one get compromised in some way I can change the compromised email at the site and delete the forwarder so the spam goes nowhere.
I have been "online" almost before there was anywhere to be online to, going back to the days of Compuserve and UUnet with newsgroups and text only bulletin boards, so I am no stranger to unwanted junk messages and how to deal with them
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