Protect Your Connection from Prying ISPs!
Re: RE: Viagra Special [ABU1999071500001032] Sent: 8/11/99; 4:47:05 PM From: email@example.comDear Sir/Madam, Thank you for reporting the unsolicited email you received. The USA.NET addresses referenced have been cancelled for terms of service violations. USA.NET, as a web-based email system, is inconvenient for bulk emailers to originate their advertisements and we are completely locked down for relay and SMTP. Reviewing the headers of unsolicited mail received will verify that it probably did not route or originate via our system. Some spammers establish email accounts for harvest/drop box purposes that are canceled immediately and permanently upon detection. Our Abuse Department proactively searches for these accounts from complaints received and system monitoring we maintain on a constant basis. Because 98% of spam email referencing a USA.NET address does not travel from or through our system, canceling accounts does not mean that the spam will stop. However, it does stop the bulk emailer from collecting requests for more information and remove requests. This is important because 'remove' requests only provide the sender with valid email addresses that are then sold to other bulk emailers. Please forward a single copy as text with full headers of any UCE/UBE received referencing a USA.NET address to firstname.lastname@example.org for corrective action. Abuse Department USA.NET, Inc. mailto:email@example.com -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Saturday, July 10, 1999 6:57 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: FWD: Viagra Special [ABU1999071500001032479881] Evening! Received this unsolicited spew from the saint.soongsil.ac.kr servers this evening...probably a relay, but since your server isn't validating the IP of the originator, it's impossible to tell (this should be fixed immediately). Indeed, you should close all open relays on this machine and on others under your control. This message uses the email@example.com address as a drop box. Anything you can do to keep this crap out of our domain, and any action you might take against this spammer according to your TOS, would be greatly appreciated - thanks! P.S. _Please_ don't include this message in any reply you might be kind enough to make; I have installed body-filtering routines to attempt to stop future messages of this type. Thanks! --- begin forwarded text <annoying spam email with complete headers snipped> --- end forwarded text
Please note the date of the original complaint was July 10th; the date of the response that the account had been closed is August 11th...exactly one day and one month! Could they possibly be any slower?
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