From bobrankin@MHV.NET Fri Apr 4 08:51:28 1997 Date: Fri, 4 Apr 1997 00:23:42 -0500 From: Bob Rankin
To: TOURBUS@LISTSERV.AOL.COM Subject: TOURBUS - 03 April 1997 - Dealing With Junk Mail /~~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~|~\ | People of All Ages Wanted for Worldwide Advisory Panel / | \ |__________|__________/__________|__________|___________/ | \ / /______|----\ | We need your advice on a variety of subjects. Weekly |//////| | | $$ drawings. For more information, send e-mail to: |//////| | | info@AdvisoryPanel.com or http://www.AdvisoryPanel.com |//////| | | |//////| | ~~~/~~~\~~/~~~\~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~\~~~~ \___/ \___/ T h e I n t e r n e t T o u r B u s \___/ TODAY'S TOURBUS TOPIC: Dealing With Junk E-Mail Adam Boettiger, moderator for the I-Advertising Digest, a moderated discussion on Internet Advertising, Marketing and Online Commerce (http://www.exposure-usa.com/i-advertising) has an excellent report for us today on the topic of "How to Combat Bulk Unsolicited E-mail". As for TOURBUS, we never sign up people unless they explicitly request and confirm their subscription. In order to provide this free resource we do accept advertising from responsible online business people. We hope you'll reward them for advertising in a net-friendly way! *---------------------------------------------------------------------* Jump start your Web pages with a copy of the best-selling book "Creating Cool HTML 3.2 Web Pages" by guru Dave Taylor. For info and FREE online HTML lessons, visit *------------( http://www.intuitive.com/taylor/cool-web )-------------* What follows is an edited version of Adam's original work. If you'd like to read the full text, you can find it online at the address: http://www.exposure-usa.com/i-advertising/sr.html This message is a bit longer than most TOURBUS postings, but I think you'll agree it's worthwhile reading - especially the anti-spam links at the end! "How to Combat Bulk Unsolicited E-mail" _______________________________________ The purpose of this report is to present ways that you can effectively reduce the number of unsolicited email messages you receive each day. I am writing this article because so many people have asked what they can do to combat this problem. I have outlined some ideas below that can help you reduce the amount of junk email you receive on a daily basis. I hope you find this useful and if so, that you share it with your friends. I don't think I have met a person yet who has NOT received unsolicited email in one form or another. In fact, I can remember that within 5 minutes of activating a Compuserve account, bulk emailers already had my address -- go figure! First, let's examine how they get your email address in the first place: 1. Email stripper programs 2. Newsgroup/Discussion Group "trolling" 3. Email capture devices 4. Surfing the web 5. Commercial Bulk email services Email stripper programs ---------------------- There are many popular software programs on the net, ranging in price from $100 to as much as $450 ("Floodgate"), that are easily used to "strip" email addresses from classified ad sites, bulletin boards, online discussion groups or web sites. They compile the addresses into a list, weed out the duplicates and then -Wham!- you have an inexpensive way to send out an ad to thousands of people (or so it would seem). Newsgroup/Discussion group "Trolling" ------------------------------------- In addition to stripping addresses from these areas on the net, another method used to obtain your email address or mail you an advertisement is simply to respond to your ad or message in that newsgroup: "Hi, I saw your ad on the Internet..." I'm sure that sounds familiar to a lot of you. While it may be a valid inquiry to your ad, it may just be a clever scheme to get you to read the mail. Email Capture Devices --------------------- An email capture device is a button that can be inserted in any web site. Clicking on this button will send that person's email address directly to the web site owner. Most of the time, if you have your browser set properly, you will get warned before your address is sent by email to the site owner. Surfing the web --------------- Many advertisers simply search the engines for sites similar to their target market and send press releases to the webmasters of sites they visit. Commercial Bulk email services ------------------------------ Often the easiest way to obtain an email list is to buy one that someone else has compiled. Many companies on the net will sell lists targeted to a specific group, or even easier still -- they'll do the mailing for you. They'll offer to filter out the ~flames~ (angry email messages by people who you sent the junk email to) by providing you with a "Flame-Proof" email address on their server. Bulk emailings and bulk email companies are increasing at an alarmingly fast rate. This is mainly due to the fact that thousands of new users join the cyberspace world each week, unaware of Internet Ettiquette or "Nettiquette". Doesn't the fact that they offer to "filter out" angry responses kind of raise a red flag in your mind that should make you ask yourself: "Why would I want to advertise in a way that is likely to make people angry or hold a negative image of my business?" So what can you do about it, if you don't like receiving ten to forty "Get Rich Quick" offers in your email box each morning? I consulted with several "Anti-Spam" experts who were kind enough to provide me with the information I am about to share with you. If you really do ENJOY getting tons of unnecessary email, please feel free to delete this right now. If you want to DO something about it, read on... ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Mark West writes: Get lots of e-mail offering you get-rich-quick schemes? Want to hit back? Spam Hater is =free= Windows software that helps you respond effectively and makes it hot for these people. -Analyses the Spam -Extracts a list of addresses of relevant Postmasters, etc. -Generates a "WHOIS" query to help track the perpetrator. -Prepares a reply. -Choice of legal threats, insults or your own message. -Appends a copy of the Spam if required. -Puts it in a mail window ready for sending. Spam Hater works with lots of popular e-mail programs directly - there's no tedious cutting and pasting. Downloads: http://www.compulink.co.uk/~net-services/spam/ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ John Levine, Trumansburg NY, writes: One anti-spam technique that's almost completely ineffective is to ask the spammer to stop. Every spam I get now says "reply REMOVE to get off this list", yet nearly all of them have an obviously forged or non-existent return address. For spam sent from on-line services and ISPs, it's often effective to send a copy of the spam, with full headers, to the abuse contact for the provider with a polite request to make them cut it out. Abuse contact addresses vary, so I offer a free abuse address forwarding service: Send a complaint to (domain name)@abuse.networks.net and it'll get sent to the abuse contact for that domain, e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org is sent to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, GNN's abuse contacts. The sad truth is that most spammers are either ignorant, crooked, or both, and you'll be doing your readers a favor to remind them of this so they know what brush they'll be tarring themselves with should they decide to start spamming themselves. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Ira M. Pasternack writes: Here is a message I send to the address an unsolicited bulk e-mail was sent from. I also send it to the postmaster@ the domain the message was sent from, and often I look up provider of the domain, and send it to their postmaster: "I received the following unsolicited bulk email ("spam"), which apparently originated from your site. Please take appropriate action to ensure this doesn't happen again." It is important to realize how easy a spammer can forge an e-mail address; therefore, I feel that sending anything but a polite note similar to the one I do is unethical. Some people will suggest tactics such as sending huge files to the spammer, but imagine how you would feel if the address you use was some innocent person's. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Frederick Pearce adds: Flaming seemed to serve no purpose, and certainly didn't reduce the volume. Spammers expect flames, presumably, and it is just like water off a duck's back. I did find some degree of success copying my flames to email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com. But it wasn't until I toned down the rhetoric - sysops don't like to be shouted at, either, I suppose!! - that things seemed to change. Now I very calmly, and at some length, explain to the sender that they have inconvenienced me, that there is a better and more effective way of soliciting business, and directing them to my page BUSINESS NETIQUETTE INTERNATIONAL http://www.wp.com/fredfish/Netiq.html where they can learn how to send unsolicited business mail with far less offence. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I'd like to tell you what has worked best for me in weeding out unsolicited email junk - and believe me, I get a lot of it since I have a lot of exposure on the Net. I use Eudora Pro 3.0 available at: http://www.eudora.com/ for my email program. It has the ability to filter all incoming mail, looking at the headers, subject line, or any text in the body. For example. Say I get email from CyberPromotions, and they use the domain "spam.com" in their email address. All I do is create a filter that looks for @spam.com anywhere in the headers of any incoming email message I receive, and transfers it to a special "Spam" folder that I have created just for this type of message. I do not have it transferred to the trash, because occassionally a legitimate message slips through. I check my spam folder once every few days to see if any legitimate messages slipped through. If you'd like to learn how to filter your incoming email, I have put up instructions and a list of the domains that I filter for Spam at: http://www.exposure-usa.com/email/spam.html ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I'd like to close this report by providing you with some other places that you can go to if you'd like to learn more. Below you will find a list of sites/links that I have found that should provide you with more than enough information. Junk Busters http://www.junkbusters.com/ - A site that provides an outline of how to handle junk email. They also provide a fine notice "to senders of uninvited email solicitations" which can be published at one's Web site and/or used as a response to junk email. Spam Hater - http://www.compulink.co.uk/~net-services/spam/ Free software for Windows 3.x & Win 95. Analyze junk email to find appropriate addresses to send a prepared response to. Win95 Mail Utilities and Addons http://www.windows95.com/apps/mailutils.html Filtering mail FAQ for Pine, Elm and Unix accounts: http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet/mail/filtering-faq/faq.html Mail Filtering Resources http://www.glue.umd.edu/enee/medlab/filter/filter.html E-Filter Software http://catalog.com/tsw/efilter/ Get that Spammer Software http://kryten.eng.monash.edu.au/gspam.html Junk Email remover http://www.fishnet.net/~seddigh/ List of sites where you can (supposedly) register to stop receiving junk email: http://kenjen.com/nospam/ http://www.islandnet.com/~cvcprod/abcmall/email.html http://www.directnet.com/~spiegel/ http://pages.ripco.com:8080/~glr/nojunk.html http://drsvcs.com/nospam/ Anti-Spamming Fax Law http://www.ca-probate.com/faxlaw.htm Netizens against gratuitous spamming http://axxis.com/~ian/nags/index.html Death to Spam http://www.mindworkshop.com/alchemy/nospam.html Outlaw Junk Mail now (links) http://www.public.asu.edu/~dtopping/ojen.html Usenet sources to fight spamming http://www.mindspring.com/~mdpas/research/intro.html NetAbuse FAQ (Usenet links) http://www.cybernothing.org/faqs/net-abuse-faq.html Anti-Umail FAQ http://www.accessnt.com.au/faqs/spam.htm Blacklist of Internet Advertisers http://www.cco.caltech.edu/~cbrown/BL/ Internet Scambusters http://www2.scambusters.com/scambusters/ Russ-Smith's Telemarketing and E-Mail Marketing Consumer Information Source http://www.russ-smith.com/ Spam-Ad Anti-Spamming Mailing List To subscribe, send mail to to: LISTSERV@INTERNET.COM In msg body: SUBSCRIBE SPAMAD YOUR_REAL_NAME, YOUR_AFFILIATION_IF_ANY SPAM-L ANTI-SPAMMING MAILING LIST To subscribe, send mail to: LISTSERV@PEACH.EASE.LSOFT.COM In msg body: SUBSCRIBE SPAM-L YOUR_REAL_NAME ANTI-SPAMMING NEWSGROUP: news.admin.net-abuse.misc AOL ADMINISTRATION: EMAIL COMPLAINTS WRITE Tosemail1@aol.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org ---End of Adam Boettiger Article--- See you next time! --Bob ======================================================================== Join : Send SUBSCRIBE TOURBUS Your Name to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM Leave : Send SIGNOFF TOURBUS to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM Archives: On the Web at http://www.TOURBUS.com Advertising: Contact BobRankin@MHV.net for details. =----------------------------------------------------------------------= I Feel Your Pain -- Fortunately There's A Cure --> "Doctor Bob's Painless Guide To The Internet <-- --> And Amazing Things You Can Do With E-Mail!" <-- Send e-mail to BobRankin@MHV.net w/ Subject: SEND BOOKINFO or browse reviews & sample chapters at http://biz.mhv.net/drbob ======================================================================== TOURBUS - (c) Copyright 1995-97, Patrick Crispen and Bob Rankin All rights reserved. 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