SPAM?

SPAM?

Post by Fred A. Murph » Tue, 16 Nov 1999 04:00:00



 > Once I began posting here I began receiving a lot of what I believe is
 > called "spam". I just wanted to thank Fred for giving me a great idea to
 > help reduce it. I have not received ANY (knockl on wood) since adding the
 > "nospam" to my address.

Glad to help.  A few pointers for others who may want to try this technique,
which is called munging your address:


way the spammers' computer/ISP gets a "can't find the DNS" message, instead
of getting through to your ISP and them having to search for a fake account,
then having to generate a "no such mailbox" message.  The closer to the
spammer you generate a reject, the better for the internet overall.

Some of the more sophisticated spamming programs recognize common garbage
letters like NOSPAM.  Be creative!  Use U812, goaway, xxx, foo, or whatever
you like, as long as you make it obvious to people how to contact you.

Don't mess with the .net or .com part.  Their program will probably catch
that type of mung.  Let them get as far as sending the message, only to have
it bounce back.

If at all possible, only mung the posting or "from" address, and let the
"reply to" address be legitimate.  That way people can respond to your posts
without hassle, while you still***up automated programs used to spam.

Yours for happy (and spam free) rcc and rcp-m posting!

 
 
 

SPAM?

Post by Stujo » Tue, 16 Nov 1999 04:00:00




Quote:
> If at all possible, only mung the posting or "from" address, and let
the
> "reply to" address be legitimate.  That way people can respond to your
posts
> without hassle, while you still***up automated programs used to

spam.

Can the spammers programs extract the "reply to" address? I wasn't sure
because it is in the header too, so I put it in both...

Stujoe

 
 
 

SPAM?

Post by Fred A. Murph » Tue, 16 Nov 1999 04:00:00


 > Can the spammers programs extract the "reply to" address? I wasn't sure
 > because it is in the header too, so I put it in both...

They can, but very few of them do.  Also, many news readers will only allow
you to change both at once, but the more sophisticated ones allow for
separate adjustments.  Even if you have to change both, you can always put
your real address in a sig file.  (And yes, some programs can find that,
too--for those you list a couple dozen other addresses, like the FBI, along
with your own).