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The john@advertiger.com spam accusation spam

The message (below) is accusing a RECEIVE-ONLY e-mail of sending spam! Besides the fact that we don't send spam advertising the product in question, the e-mail being accused can't actually send, even if it wanted to! In fact it only existed on the components page, was harvested, and then accused. I have heard a lot of people have been similarly insulted in being falsely accused of sending spam. So, what's going on?

Well, my theory is that it is a deliberate attempt to provoke a response. If you reply to the accusation, I'd guess your e-mail address is bagged and included in the next spam campaign!

Therefore I have included the offending address in the spam-traps at my e-mail page. This should result in other spam harvesters subscribing themselves to the spam list of other spam senders. Spam robots will then send each-other spam! Makes a change, don't you think?

If you receive such a message, don't reply, but instead get as many bogus addresses subscribed to it as possible. Don't let them win! There's a lot of us honest folk out there, and if we're not as stupid as some of these hard-sell marketers would like to think! Increasingly, people are making a vow to never buy via spam advertising. Hence the very poor yield.

Among those who send spam, there are good and bad, some who will respect you and some who won't. Spam is not universally bad, contrary to popular myth. However, if someone needs bullet-proof hosting, they may soon need to wonder whether they need a bullet-proof vest! See some more about spam at the page about SPAM. Meanwhile, here's the accusing message...

----- Original Message -----
parts@ zyra,org,uk
Sent: Saturday, January 04, 2003 4:12 PM
Subject: UCE Complaint (Bullet proof bulk email friendly web hosting) / please stop spamming !!!

I have received the following unsolicited e-mail from
someone at your domain or your IP range.

I do not wish to receive such messages in the future, so
please take the appropriate measures to ensure that this
unsolicited e-mail is not repeated.

Return-Path: mailto:<no_reply@sing.com
Received: from ns24.ifo.net ([]) by viefep13-int.chello.at (InterMail vM. 201-253-122-126-117-20021021) with ESMTP id <20021231151149.YBDH7442.viefep13-int.chello.at@ns24.ifo.net> for <ahk@chello.at>; Tue, 31 Dec 2002 16:11:49 +0100
Received: from localhost.com ([]) by ns24.ifo.net (8.12.3/8.12.3/Debian -4) with SMTP id gBVFBaMY028094 for <
ahk@hwh.cc>; Tue, 31 Dec 2002 16:11:42 +0100
From: no_reply@sing.com
Reply-To: no_reply@sing.com
To: ahk@hwh.cc
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2002 23:12:36 +0800
Subject: Bullet proof bulk email friendly web hosting
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook build 5.00
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/html; charset="iso-959-1"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

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Please note: This page is my personal opinion but I have good evidence to back up my theory. If you feel I have not got this right and have reasons to suppose this is not true I'd be interested to hear from you. (please read all of the page first). Whether you are the victim of this kind of thing or you wish to defend the action of the originator of the message, you can write to me via my e-mail page