25 April 2008

Spamming In My Name

Attention, folks. If you received an e-mail offering any kind of product or service - like a Rolex, Tag Heuer, or "15 Hot Leads" - purporting to come from any e-mail address "@sascha.com": it is fake.

Completely FAKE. Spoofed. Not from me. (And there's no one else here; it's just me.)

I feel bad for anyone who gets spam, and worse for people who think the senders are actually those whose e-mail addresses appear in the messages. They usually aren't; most spammers seem to use systems that (semi-)randomly replace the "sent from" address with something real-looking.

Not only is it obnoxious, it's terrible on e-mail and mail server systems: in addition to the spam messages that others receive, I have received several hundred auto-generated bounce-back messages for spam messages that apparently didn't go through or were otherwise blocked. And I didn't even send the spam!

There are systems one can use to report spam, such as SpamCop.net. Or, if you are facile enough with your e-mail system to find the detailed headers in the e-mail, you can likely identify and contact the network administrator whose system is being misused all by yourself. Either way, the scourge of spam continues - and its costs are not limited to the recipients alone.


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