February 12th, 2002, 09:46 PM
Email Spam is illegal
I wondered how long it would take before the govn't tryed to regulate our email usage.
Story at: http://abcnews.go.com/wire/Politics/...0212_1203.html
More than 2,000 people involved in an Internet chain letter that promises "$46,000 or more in the next 90 days" are receiving government warnings that the scheme is illegal, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday.
February 12th, 2002, 09:56 PM
There is nothing more irritating than spam, I think I am going to write an article condemning spam right now.
In the AO newsletter Foley wrote a pretty interesting article on spam!
Also in Futurama there is a scene where Leila gets mail, it then says 'Not spam' after she sighs, nice touch.
February 12th, 2002, 10:03 PM
just a thought if spam is illegal now shouldnt junk mail that u get in the mail be illegal also well im just annoyed at the amount i get over icq i never used to get them now its like every 5 mins ohh well ill live but my ignore list is getting big
February 12th, 2002, 10:19 PM
icq and mail are filling up..
my spamm acount is disabled by hotmail becouse my account size is too large, on a weekly bases...
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February 12th, 2002, 10:37 PM
Email spam is out of control. One branch of ours gets thousands of these per day. we have dozens of branches. We are not one of the "big" companies. Imagine.
February 12th, 2002, 10:45 PM
I completely agree,
Spamming is really pissing everyone off these days to the point where I get about 50 mails a day for things I did not even sign up for. Sometimes I feel like taking off my white hat and going to turn into a Black-Hatted CRACKER FROM SPAM!!
February 12th, 2002, 10:50 PM
Yesterday the WSJ did an article on restrictions the FCC is condisder putting on telemarketers. A RFC (request for comments) as been initiated in which the FCC proposes setting up an 800 number that allows US citizens to call in and place there number on a no call list. Telemarketers would be forced to honor this list (it would be illegal to call list members). The FCC is also considering ways to make limit spam -such as requiring spammers honor there do not mail me links rather then using it verify the mail is being read by a real person. The FCC is also reviewing spam.
The link would be http://online.wsj.com/article/0,4286...icle%2Dbody%29 but you must be a registered subscriber to read the story (I am a subscriber and read the paper daily but I never signup for online access).
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February 12th, 2002, 11:00 PM
I've had a hotmail account for years and, although I get spam, it's under control. I think a lot of people who have problems with spam are partly to blame. Don't get me wrong. Spam sucks and I think the people doing it should placed in a burlap sack and beaten with reeds. But there are a lot of things people can do to keep spam to a minimum. To me and probably a lot of people, this seems like common sense.
1. Don't forward on chain letters. Most of the time they are complete rubbish and if a spammer gets hold of the email (which is very likely), there's a hundred or so active accounts he/she can now add to their list of people to spam.
2. Never reply to spam. You have just told the spammer that your account is alive. If you do this, expect more spam. Besides, no one will listen to your reply and it just generates more network traffic.
3. Never give web sites and member logins your real email address. You're just begging to be spammed.
4. Use BCC instead of CC wherever possible. I get really irritated when people include me in the CC list of an email. Now all the people that got that email know my address plus anyone that the email was forwarded to plus anyone those emails were forwared to...
5. Don't use the same account for your day to day email and for subscribing to newgroups and stuff. Newsgroups are a great place for spammers to get valid addresses.
If you're thinking "duh!", that's fine. I'm sure most people already do all this and more to stop spam in their accounts. But, in my opinion, there's still enough of those stupid chain letters around to warrant a post about it.
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February 13th, 2002, 02:52 AM
just a warning n what smirc said dont reply to a email that says if u did not want to recive this email unsiscribe if u cant remeber u suscribed beacuse they are just checking for active emails just a warning
February 13th, 2002, 03:03 AM
so they use that for checking for actvie emails. hmmmm.