I managed to salvage this info from an autoresponder at the old antispam.org
site before it changed hands on 4th March '98. Because of this, I couldn't ask
permission to reproduce it, but I'm sure they'd be happy to see it live on.|
Why Is Spam A Problem ?
If you have been online for more than a day you will already
know how annoying it is to check your mail and find a list
of commercial messages that are quite frankly of no interest
to you. Most of them are for get rich schemes and chain emails
designed to make someone at the end of the Spam some easy
cash. While these are certainly annoying they are not the real
problem, the true abuse lies with the pornographic spams sent
by the millions to un-targeted email address. The problem
becomes even more serious when these messages fall into the
hands of children !
Where Do They Get My Email Address:
There are various ways of collecting email addresses but none
as easy as the newgroups. The newsgroups are a fountain of
information and make up a very valuable part of the Internet.
However, every day spammers use software to strip thousands
of email addresses out of the posted articles in the newsgroups.
There is a simple and very effective way to stop your address
If your real email address is email@example.com, simply set
your newsgroup client/software up so that 'FROM' and 'REPLY
TO' fields are something like this joe.bloggs@NOSPAM.aol.com.
This works so well because spammers don't check each address
and will simply send their mail to a large list of harvested
addresses. However, if they attempt to send a spam to your
altered email address it will simply bounce. You will never
see their message and they will have to pay to download the
delivery failure report.
Obviously by altering your email address in this way makes it
unusable to genuine people on line, so simply add a signature
to your newsgroup posts explaining that the 'NOSPAM' part must
By adopting this simple method you will slash the amount of
spam you receive by a massive amount. Other tips include
using one of the free email forwarding accounts, some of
which come with free spam protection. (Eg. www.bigfoot.com,
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