- 17 August 97
THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU
NOT FOLLOW THIS LINK FOLLOW
THIS LINK TO SEE WHY
We will not work with people who engage in this kind of practice. We suggest that you also email postmaster, or abuse at the domain from which the email or newsgroup spam was issued, asking that the spammer's email account be closed, however, many spammers "forge" the email address in their message headers, and unless you understand how to determine the TRUE source of the message, please leave well enough alone and let others deal with the evils of Spam.
The term spamming came from an old Monty Python sketch about a restaurant where they served nothing but Spam. Spam on toast, Spam and eggs, Spam sandwiches, etc. It took on the meaning "too much of a good thing", and is now used to refer to any message which is sent out indiscriminately to large groups of people who don't necessarily want to see it, by email or to usenet newsgroups. Bulk Email, of course, is massive email to a randomly - or nearly randomly selected audience. Particularly offensive are those spammers who download email addresses from newsgroups, and send to the entire list, without regard to the nature of the posting by each "victim".
"SPAMMERS" CAN BE SHUT DOWN !!!
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VIEW DETAIL - of an unsolicited "Commercial" email message
Have you received messages like this??
Received: from NIH2WAAD ([126.96.36.199]) by mtigwc01.worldnet.att.net
(post.office MTA v2.0 0613 ) with ESMTP id AAA1276;
Fri, 18 Jul 1997 01:45:47 +0000
Received: from Rick - 188.8.131.52 by csi.com with Microsoft SMTPSVC;
Thu, 17 Jul 1997 08:19:52 -0400
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 97 12:20:10 +0000
WOULD YOU STUFF
$2 For Each Envelope You Can Stuff
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cash daily for the envelopes you stuff. There is no limit. You stuff as
many as you wish.
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is designed especially for people with little or no business experience
and, provides step-by-step instructions.
You may work in the comfort of your own home, choose your hours, set
your own pace. No need to leave your present job. The possibilities are
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friends. In addition to mailing our sales letter, we will help you reap
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*WHY IS THIS POSSIBLE?*
There are many mail-order companies who want to expand with a
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people cash in with a company who needs more home workers. This program
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The money you earn is up to you. We do not require that you mail a
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There are no obligations. This work mainly consists of the securing of
ALL BUSINESS can be done by MAIL and we give you complete assistance at
every step to insure your success. You can START THE SAME DAY you
receive the instructions and begin RECEIVING YOUR MONEY WITHIN TWO WEEKS
and every week from then on as long as you desire.
Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.
Envelopes will already be stamped and addressed.
GUARANTEE: We welcome you to this program and extend to you
our unconditional guarantee that everything we have said
about this program is true and that you will be delighted
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DON'T BE FOOLED!
There are more fraudulent envelope addressing and chain letter schemes
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legally. This is not an offer of employment. It is an opportunity to
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the others, this is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It is a proven program
for making money while filling the needs of a company who needs people
to mail their circulars.
IN ORDER TO GET YOU STARTED IMMEDIATELY, we require a one-time fee of only
$19.95. This covers our expense in showing you what to do and guarantees
you can work with us as long as desired. You will not be required or asked
to pay for any additional information or manuals. In as much as we would
like to send you our program with no charge, we must protect
ourselves from those who are not serious and have no intention other to
satisfy their own curiosity. Naturally, no business can afford to send out
costly material to everyone who writes asking for it. This small charge
assures us that you are serious about wanting to earn money at home.
DON'T DELAY - START IMMEDIATELY!!!
TIME IS MONEY, YOU CAN BEGIN NOW BY PUTTING YOUR TIME TO THE BEST USE.
THE NEXT FEW MINUTES CAN LITERALLY CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
DON'T LET THIS EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY PASS.
YOUR REGISTRATION FEE REFUNDED
as soon as you submit your first 100 envelopes.
This offer is valid in ALL countries, no matter where you live! Our only
requirement is that you send your money in US funds for residents outside
Send CASH, or MONEY ORDER to:
(please allow 4 weeks for delivery if payment is by cheque)
P.O. Box 563
Lindsay, Ontario, Canada K9V-4S5
ENCLOSED IS $19.95 FOR THE COMPLETE HOME MAILER'S PROGRAM.
City: _____________ State/Province:_________ ZIP/POSTAL CODE:____________
Country___________ E-Mail Address______________________________________
Phone Number ( )_________________________________________
$19.95 ---------------------------------------------------------- $1,000's
The amount of money I would like to earn each week is:
O $500.00 O $1,000.00 or more.
This MAILER was caught "TROLLING" thru ICQ collecting email addresses and sending the above message. He/She was reported to both ICQ and his/her service provider.
Subject: Abuse Report
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 1997 14:29:41 -0500
From: Rick Langdon <SIDESLIDER@postoffice.worldnet.att.net
I believe the following user, ICQ # 1986221 aka email@example.com, who has elected to remain anon behind the "hotmail" shield is a system abuser. After getting a "request to add" from this unknown user, and returning an authorization, within minutes - I recieved the attached unsolicited email message. I traced the IP address 184.108.40.206 to sympatico.ca and have reported this abuse to the webmaster at sympatico.ca.
I have since revoked my authorization to add and have recieved and denied another request to add. This use is clearly in violation of ICQ's terms of service. Any warning, or action, you may take will be appreciated. Please, let's not let ICQ be destroyed by SPAM.
Thank you for your consideration.
Rick Langdon, ICQ #1875689
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The following reply message was received from the Webmaster@sympatico.ca
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 97 17:21:44 +0000
"Recently, you had sent us an email concerning the multiple usenet posts " of one of our members under the alias R&D Enterprises. We would first like to apologize for the delay in responding to your message.
"We have investigated the matter, located the posts and have tracked down " those responsible. Their accounts have been terminated and we continue to monitor the situation.
Sympatico has a firm policy on spamming. We inform our members that spamming constitutes a violation of the appropriate use clause within the Sympatico Service Agreement <Terms and Conditions>. We also inform them that broadcasting large or small volumes of unsolicitated messages that annoy other people or which may cause the systems to clog is unacceptable.
We thank you for bringing this to our attention and appreciate your efforts in making the Internet more enjoyable for everyone. Should you have any "further concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us again."
Sympatico Member Services / Services aux Membres Sympatico
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
In addition to the above action, we reserve the right, and establish as our policy, the following statement concerning unsolicited commercial email.
UNSOLICITED MESSAGE POLICY
By US Code Title 47, Sec.227(a)(2)(B) - A computer / modem / printer meets the definition of a telephone fax machine.
By US Code Title 47, Sec.227(b)(1)(C) - It is unlawful to send any unsolicited advertisement to such equipment.
By US Code Title 47, Sec.227(b)(3)(C) - A violation of the aforementioned Section is punishable by action to recover actual monetary loss, or $500, whichever is greater, for each violation.
All unsolicited incoming commercial traffic is therefore subject to a charge at a rate of $500 per message to compensate for loss of service.