Here's an interesting spam

From: Pete Turnbull <>
Date: Fri Apr 24 19:26:48 1998

On Apr 24, 11:53, Don Maslin wrote:
> On Fri, 24 Apr 1998, Pete Turnbull wrote:
> > On Apr 24, 15:38, Hotze wrote:
> > > Reply to the spammers,
> >
> > Not often a good idea, since the consensus seems to be that responses
> > merely confirm that the address they used is (still) valid.
> True! However, in some cases e-mail with a copy of the spam or UCE to
> the postmaster of the ISP has been productive. In the case of known spam
> centers though, it is likely a BIG mistake.

Yes, I should perhaps have mentioned mailing to postmaster_at_... or abuse@...
as several responsible ISPs do follow these things up. I've had two very
positive responses from sysadmins, one of whom tracked a spammer who was
spoofing via his system, and one from a large ISP. In both cases, the
culprit lost their account. It's worth looking at all the "Received: from
..." headers in such cases.

Pete						Peter Turnbull
						Dept. of Computer Science
						University of York
Received on Fri Apr 24 1998 - 19:26:48 BST

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