[Homeroast] OT: Re: Mailing List hacks

Michael Mccandless mcsparky6670 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 7 07:48:31 CDT 2012


I've had unused email addrs that collected spam
If you reply, you confirm the address & will receive even more.

MMc


On Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 9:38 PM, Rich <rich-mail at octoxol.com> wrote:

> I completely agree, never touch them. If you open them then eventually you
> will have nothing but spam.
>
> On 09/06/2012 11:12 PM, Ira wrote:
>
>> At 06:03 PM 9/6/2012, you wrote:
>>
>>> All of which kind of suggests that the best way to fight back would be
>>> to reply to as much of this junk as possible - make them have to look
>>> at it, try to keep them thinking you might be this week's fool to be
>>> parted from his money. Even if you can't pull that off, just giving
>>> them another [million] red herring replies would make the scam a whole
>>> heck of a lot less attractive.
>>>
>>
>>
>> I believe you're wrong. The email addresses I have that I've never
>> responded to spam with tend not to get spam. Once you publish an email
>> or reply, they know it's a good email and your name will be passed
>> around to all the spammers. I have 10 or so email addresses. one of
>> them, the oldest and one that at one time was published on my website
>> gets a few hundred spam messages/day. The rest get between zero and a
>> few. Don't let them know you exist and you won't get spam. I don't open
>> spam messages, I don't download them so none of the pictures embedded in
>> the emails that would let them know I exist are ever opened. Keeping
>> spam away is a lot of work. I enjoy those email addresses that get no
>> spam and it's a lot of work to keep it that way, but I think it's worth
>> the effort.
>>
>> Ira
>>
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