A Light Shining Through The Spam


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So the e-mail account I’ve been using has become almost unusable. First, I’ve been fighting a losing battle against a growing tide of spam. Then, making matters worse, someone has started using my address as the reply-to address for spam they’re sending out. They didn’t actually hack me — they’re not actually sending from my account — so I can’t just change my password, so there’s not really much I can do about it. (About the only thing I can do is start using a different address, which I’m doing. I’m keeping the old one, but I’ll check it less frequently than the new one. If you want the new one, send an e-mail to the old one and I’ll send you the new.)

In the meantime, though, my inbox is being constantly cluttered with auto-responses to e-mail I didn’t send in the first place, and it’s more than a little annoying.

And then, I got two responses that brought smiles in the midst of the frustration. The e-mails being sent with my address are all of the “Have you seen this?” type with a link to working from home or diet secrets or Viagra or whatever.

Yesterday, I got this response to one of them:

“I wasn’t able to access the message : Alessa
Not interested in work from home. I’m 87 and feel like 107.
Stella”

And, my favorite, from two days ago:

“NO, I DON’T. BUT I DO LIKE MY FAT LITTLE TUMMY. I EARNED IT.
BEV”

Stella and Bev, I don’t know who or where you are, but I love you both. Thanks for brightening my day!

4 Responses

  1. Oh I hear ya! I lost my main account email years ago. (it was on my own domain). When I tried to re-use it after about 7 years, I thought it would be safe… but no… still being used by spammers as the reply-to, and still being hit by spammers. So now, I just use one gmail account for nearly everything, spam or not.

    Are you having the same issue I am at the moment with spam on your blog? No links in the text, but the URL as listed will be wholly inappropriate, as will the text. I’ve just deleted something about car sales from my post on James Potter and the Hall of Elders Crossing.

  2. I get a fairly substantial amount of spam comment attempts on my blogs, but my filters, thankfully, catch most of it.

  3. How do your filters cope with the spam that has no links in the text?

  4. I don’t know. I’m just using the standard WordPress filter.

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