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agent
22-05-2003, 06:01 PM
Thanks to the good folks at PC Authority (http://www.pcauthority.com.au/index.asp?PageType=ArticleDetail&CatID=1&ID=13313) for this nice bit of information.

* Put an e-mail address on a high-traffic Web site


* Post (or reply to a post) on UseNet


* Post (or reply to a post) on a public Web-based discussion group


* Register the address with a Web site that goes out of business and sells its list


* Register the address with a Web site that sells its list anyway


* Subscribe to a porn site with the address


* Reply to an opt-out E-mail or click on an opt-out link in a message


* Use an address with a common name that can be easily guessed


* Register a domain name


* Post an E-mail address in a chat room


I don't think I'll be registering any domain names anytime soon ;)

Billy T
22-05-2003, 07:14 PM
I've had a domain name for several years agent and it gets no spam.

What makes one domain name relatively immune while others get spammed?

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

agent
22-05-2003, 07:53 PM
I assume that the bots used by email-collectors would have to know the domain existed. This may require doing some tricky (and perhaps illegal) work with a registered domains database, searching on Google, or various other methods of "address harvesting".

godfather
22-05-2003, 08:04 PM
The e-mail used as a contact for the domain name holder is easily harvested from sites such as domainz.org.

I specifically used an e-mail that is not connected with my domain name.

I get very little spam, perhaps 1 per month at most. This is despite my contact details and domain name e-mail address being publically available on several Regulatory web pages, and over which I have no control, as it is a requirement for me to provide the details.

-=JM=-
23-05-2003, 05:02 PM
It also depends on how many people have had the domain name before you ;). i've got a friend with a domain and he is constantly getting spam where as the one I've recently purchased hasn't had any yet. Though it might start to get some when the site goes live.

The other aspect is whether or not people use that domain as a fake email as I remember reading in one of robo's brilliant threads.

> The e-mail used as a contact for the domain name holder is easily harvested >from sites such as domainz.org.
>I specifically used an e-mail that is not connected with my domain name.

I did the same thing with my one as well. Not so much for that reason but more so that if I get emailed to tell me to renew my domain I'll actually be able to receive the email.

andy
23-05-2003, 05:26 PM
What is this spam? I've got 4 different email addys and I don't get any spam - ever! What's wrong with me? What am I missing out on? I'm no different to anyone else. I've unsubscribed to newsletters, I've got my own domain name and web site, I've got my contact details on a website, but no spam, I never get any spam. I'm feeling dejected! Why am I being singled out? Am I that big a failure? Life......don't talk to me about life!
Grumble, grumble, moan. ;-)

andy

Susan B
24-05-2003, 03:06 PM
Maybe I ought to see about having this list added to the forum's Spam FAQ (http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/thread.jsp?forum=1&thread=21706)? It is currently locked but it should not be a big deal for Bruce or someone to make an addition. What do you think?

Susan B
24-05-2003, 03:29 PM
Arrggghhhh!!! Look what happened to Agent's post (http://sal.neoburn.net/pf1images/PF1-spam.jpg) after I posted my reply. :O

Graham L
24-05-2003, 03:32 PM
I see. From the way that appears (as raw HTML -- was that intentional?), all you have to do is use lots of
tokens. :D

Anyway, I read the magazine. ;-)

stu140103
24-05-2003, 04:16 PM
it is still the same :(

E.ric
24-05-2003, 08:36 PM
when you forward a joke message you get

------- Forwarded message follows -------
Date sent: Sat, 24 May 2003 12:17:18 +1200
From: Robert <bob@home.net.nz>
Subject: Fw: Redheads
To: Eric <me@home.net.nz>


----- Original Message -----

Remove the Email addresses, as following


------- Forwarded message follows -------
Date sent: Sat, 24 May 2003 12:17:18 +1200
From: Robert
Subject: Fw: Redheads
To: Eric


----- Original Message -----


Where Do Redheads Come From?

After their baby was born, the panicked father went to see the
obstetrician. "Doctor," the man said, "I don't mind telling you,
but I'm a little upset because my daughter has red hair. She can't
possibly be mine."

"Nonsense," the doctor said. "Even though you and your wife both
have black hair, one of your ancestors may have contributed red hair to
the gene pool."

"It isn't possible," the man insisted. "This can't be, our
families on both sides had jet-black hair for generations."

"Well," said the doctor, "let me ask you this. How often do you
have sex?"

The man seemed a bit ashamed. "I've been working very hard for
the past year. We only made love once or twice every few months."

"Well, there you have it!" the doctor said confidently, "It's rust."



That way there are less email addresses been past around internet for the spams to see and get.

stu140103
24-05-2003, 08:50 PM
> The e-mail used as a contact for the domain name
> holder is easily harvested from sites such as
> domainz.org.

Sorry to correct your here godfather the correct address is: www.domainz.net.nz but domainz.org does work as well :)

Susan B
24-05-2003, 08:59 PM
:^O :^O :^O


E.ric!! This is a family forum!! :p :D

Graham L
25-05-2003, 02:02 PM
Well, you can't get much more "family" than an explanation of genetics. B-)