I stopped my subscription to WWJ about 4 years ago when they sent me a
'free' book with the promise of more to come 'at a special price'.
Fast forward to yesterday and I got a 'free' DVD. Same ole scam 'if
you like it, keep it...'.
I guess there must be a lot of people who fall for this or companies
wouldn't keep doing it.
to bad you lost it,you are allowed to charge them 'warehouse expense" to
return it. You get it free, they want it back you can charge storage
costs......same as with the return address labels you sometimes get in the
mail. Unsolicited........no obligation.
Now you have my interest. My normal warehouse fee for finished products is
$50 per day starting 5 days after notification that the product is ready for
pick up. This is stated on the wall in an obvious location for all to see
when they walk into my place of business. ( only had to charge it once in 11
years and that was for a $60 dollar item they left for 90 days ) I've had
this disk for about 130 days, That comes to $6,500, do you think they would
agree to that? Or is there a set fee I can charge? I found the disk by the
If you want to have some fun, create an alias when you sign up for
something free and wait for the fun to begin.
See how long and how many times your alias name gets sold by counting
how many "junk mail" type offers get sent to it.
I keep doing this, but surprisingly those e-mail accounts get
virtually no spam. Likewise this e-mail that I post under here, which
is valid and un-munged and has been in use for almost 7 years only
gets 3-4 a day. I'm not sure what the biggest sources for spam are. My
wife gets about 100 a day, but she signs up for lot of subscription
web sites for teacher stuff. I only sign up for sites where I am going
to be doing business with them. The one address that gets a lot of
spam is the one that has been posted on *my* web site. Even using a
script that is supposed to hide it from bots it still picked up a
couple hundred a day shortly after I put it up there.
"We need to make a sacrifice to the gods, find me a young virgin... oh, and
bring something to kill"
#1 Publishing your email on a web page.
#2 Publishing your email on USENET.
I'm not sure about #2, since Google started munging email addresses.
Perhaps #2 was really goole allowing web snarfing of emails.
If you have a domain name, you can use custom email addresses to see
who's selling you email address to spam lists.
Let's say your domain is IMakeStuffOutOfWood.com...
and you subscribe to woodtalkmagazine.com's forum.
You use snipped-for-privacy@IMakeStuffOutOfWood.com for the email address.
Or you sign up for a raffle at wood magazine, you use
When you start getting spam to one of those addresses, you know why.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
That's what I have done, and why I said the biggest source of spam
comes from email harvesting on the web.
Occasionally I get spam from a vendor, and usually when I let them
know, they have no idea how the address leaked from their web site.
But the #1 place they get emails is on web sites. It's trivial to
write a spider that searches for such things - like 40 lines of perl code.
That's why I have over 60 e-mail addresses.
Still, I think the only place you really get harvested is when it
shows up on a web site.
I suspect that Usenet may, at one time, have been a source, although
I've been using un-munged addresses on Usenet for 20 years or more and
have never had any great amount on those addresses.
Definition of a teenager: God's punishment for enjoying sex.
I have hundreds, plus several hundred tagged USENET addresses.
I was getting 200+ a day on my work-based 20-year-old address. I'm
still getting 70 a day on that machine.
I also run my own mail server at home, so I know what is being
attempted. YOU may not be noticing anything because your ISP is
blocking spam. Filters have also improved. My server was getting
20,000 spam attempts per hour, and is successfully blocking/denying
99.999% of them.
One rule is - addresses NEVER stop being used. Once it's in the
spammer's list, it will ALWAYS be in the spammer's list.
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