Off-topic informational anti-spam anecdotal

From: Van Burnham <>
Date: Wed Jul 15 12:08:50 1998


You are fantastic.


>This is totally off-topic but this is the kind of thing you all can
>appreciate, and it may even help some of you.
>For the last several months I have constantly been spammed by what can be
>described as Son-of-Spamford. There's some spam e-mail software marketing
>company in Los Angeles that sends out millions of these messages I guess.
>They use web crawlers that steal e-mail addresses from web pages. They
>then send out this spam letter with forged headers and false return
>addresses. Very annoying. However, they do include a phone number and
>address at the end of the spam. Interesting. I've included the message
>at the end of this message so you can see if you've been spammed by these
>assholes as well.
>I was so incensed at one point that I was almost going to buy a plane
>ticket, fly down to L.A. with a box full of this spam e-mail printed out,
>kick the door open to the office that these guys are in, find the
>president of this "company", beat the shit out of him (or pimp-slap her),
>then start shoving the printouts down this person's throat (yes, this is
>rather violent :)
>But I soon figured out that the address was merely a private mailbox, and
>the phone number rings into a voicemail box. Hmmm. Well, I have the
>resources to find out where this number rings in to, possibly track down
>the service provider, but then what? Then I realized, "Hey, I have a PBX,
>a T-1 and a voicemail system with 16 ports...its time to have some fun."
>Thus sprang forth the Spaminator! The Spaminator is something I threw
>together in about 10 minutes. What the Spaminator does is call the
>offendor's number, wait for the voicemail to answer, dial a digit to cut
>thru the outgoing message, then it starts singing simple tunes by playing
>"spam" in different notes. I recorded a "spam" scale with my own voice.
>Basically I sang "spam" starting from A and going to G.
>I created 10 different song files, with simple tunes such as "Mary Had a
>Little Spam", "Twinkle Twinkle Little Spam", "Happy Spamday", "We Shall
>Overcome (the spam)", "Jingle Spam", "Popeye the Sailor Spam", and a few
>others. The Spaminator randomly selects three spam tunes to play for each
>call. It plays the tunes, then hangs up and calls right back up again.
>The Spaminator is currently running, filling up the spammers voicemail box
>with spam tunes. Hopefully, it will fill up the voicemail box and they
>won't be able to receive any other messages. Also, it will bring them
>much anguish as they constantly try to delete these messages that don't
>stop coming.
>The last I checked the Spaminator had played over 100 spam tunes into
>their voicemail box. I am ecstatic. The Spaminator will continue to run
>over night. Tomorrow morning I will check its progress (it keeps a log of
>all tunes it plays so I know how many it did).
>If anyone is interested in utilizing the Spaminator for spaminating other
>egregious spammers, let me know. I can easily program it to
>simultaneously call out to other phone numbers and sing a symphony of spam
>for them as well.
>I hope that my simple solution brings some manner of grief to these
>idiots, whoever they are. Ideally it will give them more anguish than
>their constant barrage of spam has brought me. I will not relent. My
>next step is to try and track down the actual owners of this "business",
>try to find out their other phone numbers (preferrably home numbers) and
>unleash the Spaminator on those numbers as well.
>Thanks for letting me vent.
>Sam Alternate e-mail:
>Ever onward.
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