Spammer behind bars

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11. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Peter

Well, I wish they'd get the no.1 spammer - the one who keeps on sending me those VI@GGRA emails ;)

It's called "targetted marketing" Pete !

12. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

It's usually hotmail accounts that I seem to get spammed through. I found that when I was India, and had that country listed as my residence, the spam stopped. I believe Singapore & Malaysia are also good countries to record as residences. Helps too if you tick "female" in your personal details. Less likelihood of receiving viagra and other "enhancement" adverts

13. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I really don't think that should all make that much difference but it's interesting to see you found that when selecting those countries... It's generally not hotmail selling or giving out your address, but rather that people tend to use their hotmail accounts online more. The more you post your email address online, the more spam you will receive since spam bots crawl the web in search of email addresses and that's how they compile their databases with emails. That's why we try and limit the number of email addresses posted in the forum. That means more spam bots visiting etc. etc. is listed on the contact page for example, as is Both of these receive a ton of spam (around 50-100 per day) although our host also filters out at least that same number in terms of spam and viruses. When you run a business though, you are left with little choice, as even contact forms use email addresses which can be tracked by these nasty little spam bots.

14. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I haven't thought of the different countries thing, but I also haven't found checking "female" has slowed the ED spam from coming through. We got 2 Mexican pharmacy e-mails that got through the filters. Mr. I hadn't seen them come through before and questioned what they were. I showed him our spam/virus junk mail file and there were 30 more for assorted things. It had been a slow day with only 30 - and that wasn't counting the stuff caught in the webmail filters.

Because I use PayPal for the business site, I get an enormous amount of spam from (supposedly) PayPal. (Yea, right.) Spiders and spam bots are everywhere and it's becoming a job in itself to try and protect your own website. Most of the route-back spam (from my own business e-mail address) has been routed through India, Holland, Nigeria and quite a few others.

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