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Reply with "off" fu$^%^*_$#ing A$$**%%les(10 posts)

Reply with "off" fu$^%^*_$#ing A$$**%%lesK-Man
Nov 22, 2002 7:07 AM
Anyone hate all the spam they get thru email and when asked to reply with "off" to no longer receive the emails....you reply only to get an error stating the email cannot be delivered! Never ending circle of getting spammed.
I'm geting it at my work email so not way to load an anti-spam software.

KMan
BIG MISTAKERoadrunner25
Nov 22, 2002 7:23 AM
If you reply to their REMOVE command, you will get MORE spam. The REMOVE deal simply tells them that your e-mail account is working, and it gets sold to even more spam generators.
Yes, never use the evil unsubscribe linkKristin
Nov 22, 2002 8:46 AM
Good luck getting off of spam now!
Spam is a fact of internet life. It doesnt bother me at all. nmonespeed
Nov 22, 2002 7:26 AM
even worseColnagoFE
Nov 22, 2002 8:15 AM
replying usually causes them to send you more spam as they know there is a live person at that email. never reply to spam...just delete it.
re: Reply with "off" fu$^%^*_$#ing A$$**%%lesjp2
Nov 22, 2002 8:22 AM
i find it hilarious that all these folks get spam in the mail. what did you do to start this evil cycle? must be an aol type thing. at our home, we only get spam from the onlime catalogs that we signed up for asking for it.
naivemohair_chair
Nov 22, 2002 8:49 AM
There is definitely some naivete at work here! People don't get tons of spam who didn't ask for it in some way. It sucks, but that's the way it is.

How many times have do people sign up for something on the Internet and give their Email address when it isn't necessary? Guess what a lot of operators do with your Email? Always leave it blank unless it is required. If it is required, use a fake address (i.e., xxx@xxx.com). If it is a site that sends you a "confirmation" that you have to reply to, create a secondary address on hotmail or yahoo. Don't use your main Email address.

When you are filling out paper forms at the bank or the store or wherever and they ask for an Email address, ALWAYS leave it blank, unless you like spam. If you hand in the form and they double-check if you have an Email address, just say no. It's none of their business.

Your Email is precious--don't give it out freely. Take it out of your signature file. Don't give it out on newsgroups and on message boards like this one. It would take me about an hour to write a very simple program that will harvest all the Email addresses in messages on a site such as this one. Protect your Email address or don't be surprised when you get spam.

Of course, all the protection in the world can't stop some idiot you know from revealing your address when he forwards annoying joke posts to everyone he knows. Those will propagate and eventually end up somewhere public where a harvester grabs them and it's all over.
All very good advice. Once and a while a niave friend may out-witt you.Kristin
Nov 22, 2002 9:14 AM
My friends must sign in blood to get obtain my office email address. (I'm a messaging network administrator, and abhor spam.) Even still, two friends have given my address out to spammers. One put my address in a web site promising her 12 free CD's in exchange for 12 of her closest friends addresses. Her punishment was to grant me first pick of her CD's. Unfortunately, she never received the promised booty. Big surprise. The other "friend" put my name in that "someone has a crush on you" webpage. Now that was a heinous capitol offense--one for which there can be no defense. No one has heard from that friend since.
Question for other email admins... What software do spammers use?Kristin
Nov 22, 2002 9:38 AM
Is there some commercial product? No, its more likely that they use homegrown apps. Therefore, things work differently for every spammer.

There are some ways to trick spammers into deleting an email address from a database. But it really depends on how the spammers software handles replies. Do they simply compare the FROM field against their DB, or do they look for keywords in the SUBJECT field like "UND" or "Undeliverable"?

I'm thinking that if a spam recipient replies to spam mail with a fake Undeliverable message, this will either prompt the spammer to delete the address from their database... then again it may confirm the address. I field hundreds of calls a year on spam. In a way, spam keeps food on my table. But at least I'm a good guy and not an evil spammer.
As long as it is free to send e-mail. . .czardonic
Nov 22, 2002 11:56 AM
. . .you have no hope of convincing spammers that your address is not worth sending too. Forget it. Waste of time.

Incidentally, never giving out your address is far from foolproof. As easy as it is to harvest addresses from sites like this, it is even easier to write software that builds likely addresses from commonly used characters.