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Fighting spam with insults?

One of my many domains have been used by spammers for a while. Unfortunately its not much I can do about it, without spending a week to try to track down the perpetrators. It has resulted in numerous bounces from addresses that doesn’t work, vacation messages etc.

While most spammers don’t use real e-mail addresses anymore, but instead resort to “steal” other peoples domains to use as sender addresses, I would not recommend doing what this girl did today. It could possibly confirm your e-mail address to the spammers. And the end result would be more spam as you move to the “validated to work spammers a-list”.

I have to admit I think it was a rather amusing e-mail, and I have a feeling she is getting more than her share of spam mail.

From: patty@example.com

Subject: YOU ARE PROBABLY A MORON.

Date: Mon, 31 May 2004 20:56:38 -0400

To: me@example.com

It’s likely that your email has reached me in error because you are simply not bright enough to type an email address properly. Kindly double-check the address of the person to whom you were trying to send your email now, and regret your shortcomings.

The technological revolution has left you in the dust. I mean, how hard is it, really, to type an email address in the “To” field of your gui email client? You are daft. You should probably just commit seppuku and do the rest of the world a favor.

If you are emailing the tourism agency for Dekalb, Alabama, you should send an email to pattyt, not patty.

Otherwise, you are either a simpering fool or a spammer, and in either case there are few things I would enjoy more than watching you catch on fire and run around screaming. You are a waste of carbon, and I don’t like you.

Have a pleasant day.

2 Responses to Fighting spam with insults?

  1. Elf June 2, 2004 at 9:24 am #

    I have sent email like that to spammers. In the beginning, when spam was still sent out manually, I used to do it. I’ve also done it when it has been obvious that the spam has been manully sent by an obvious amateur.

  2. ITIL July 19, 2004 at 12:53 pm #

    Love it, ill give it 10 for originality, 10 for effort, but 0 for effectiveness! ;)