The Unrepentant Individual

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August 6, 2007


How To Combat Spammers?

Last week, my old boss jokingly asked me why I was selling pharmaceuticals on the internet. It seems he’s been getting emails from a “Brad Warbiany” (with rotating hotmail email addresses) trying to sell him medications to increase the size of his… confidence.

This appears to be one issue with having a unique name that is easily found on the internet that I hadn’t considered. I now have spammers using my name to peddle their wares. And frankly, that’s the last thing I need, especially if it’s widespread enough that someone who actually knows me is getting this spam.

But I don’t know what to do about it. I doubt I could find whoever is responsible, and even if I did, I doubt they’re in the USA. I’m not sure I have any recourse to stop these guys. About the only thing I can think of is to contact Microsoft/Hotmail and see if there’s anything they can do about it.

Any thoughts?

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:20 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || Trackback URL || Categories: Internet, Personal Life, Ponderings, Technology

2 Comments

  1. I got a suggestion:

    Get a better paying job, so you don’t have to sell male enhancement drugs on the side. I always knew you were a scheister.

    Comment by Nick M. — August 6, 2007 @ 7:35 am
  2. THere is unfortunately no way to prevent spammers from spoofing your name or email address in their reply to fields.

    I recieve thousands of “returned mail, message undeliverable” and “mail blocked because of spam” error messages, because spammers use my name and reply-to in their spam.

    The real irritation is though, sometimes these anti-spam systems then decided to block all email from your address or domain; so if you have a legitimate email to send to someone using that mail service, they won’t receive it.

    Comment by Chris Byrne — August 6, 2007 @ 11:38 am

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