Newsgroup Junkmail Woes...HELP!

Discussion in 'Security Software' started by Bruce, Oct 7, 2003.

  1. Bruce

    Bruce Guest

    Ever since I posted something in this Newsgroup on 10/2, I
    have been getting random emails from "Mailer Daemons"
    saying that such-and-such email was not sent, never citing
    which email, what subject, or when I sent it. What is odd
    is that I have not sent any emails, I have no contacts in
    any address books, and do not recognize any of the
    addresses as people I know or even real addresses for that
    matter (i.e., "").

    These notices come from names such as:

    Net Email Service
    Internet Storage Service
    Mail System
    Service
    Mail Delivery System

    ....and the email addresses associated with these names are
    sometimes from the microsoft.com domain, sometimes aol.com
    or even aol.net.

    I get messages like these, sometimes four a day:

    ********

    Hi.

    I'm sorry to have to inform you that I wasn't able to
    deliver your message to the following addresses:

    Undelivered mail to

    ********

    ....or this...

    ********

    Message from aol.com

    I'm sorry I wasn't able to deliver your message to one or
    more destinations.

    Undeliverable message to

    Message follows:

    [...NO MESSAGE FOLLOWS...]

    ********

    ....or this...

    ********

    This is the qmail program

    I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the
    following addresses:

    Undeliverable to

    ********

    ....and these are never accompanied by attachments or
    anything. They are just plain annoying. Has someone
    swiped my email address off the newsgroup and sold it to
    mailing lists? How (aside from closing my email account)
    can I get rid of these messages?
     
    Bruce, Oct 7, 2003
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  2. Bruce

    sgopus Guest

    Unfortunetly their are bots that harvest e-mail addresses
    from the newsgroups, NEVER post your valid e-mail address
    on a group, that has public access. you can try e-
    mailwasher it allows you view the e-mail before
    downloading it and deletes it from the server, DO NOT
    use the bounce feature, spammers usually fake the email
    headers so your sending the mail to someone who didn't
    send it in the first place
     
    sgopus, Oct 8, 2003
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  3. Swen (and spammers) harvest email addresses from newsgroups.

    It is very preferable not to use a real email address in the groups--if
    you've just done that again, you will likely receive more, I'm afraid.
     
    Bill Sanderson, Oct 8, 2003
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  4. Another approach is to leave your email address in the groups, and then
    complain to the spammers' ISPs. It takes a little while to learn how to
    spot the right information in the Received headers, but it can be quite
    productive. When I'm able to complain for a prolonged stretch, the spam
    actually does go _down_. Whether it's because the ISPs take action, or
    because the spammers put me on their own little "do not mail" list, I don't
    really care. Spam will only decrease when we stop people from sending it.
    Filters only make the spammers more desperate and devious at getting around
    them; munging destroys much of the usefulness of having an easy email
    address, and loses the open communication aspect of the Internet.

    Alun.
    ~~~~

    [Please don't email posters, if a Usenet response is appropriate.]
     
    Alun Jones [MS MVP], Oct 8, 2003
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