jrcovert Posted September 22, 2004 Share Posted September 22, 2004 Moved out of the Help Forum, [link here]. Many of us have received "offers" from Avtech Direct. Here's the latest one I received: [spamCop Display] I get these from this particular spammer all the time since I'm on a number of email lists at GaTech and MIT. (I'm a volunteer at both institutions.) SpamCop properly reported both URLs in the message I received today, but as you know I'm using a mail system that's guaranteed not to modify the message before submission to SpamCop. :-) Am I too far off topic to discuss this particular spammer, rather than an actual SpamCop issue? The messages would seem to make it look like this spammer is in full compliance with the [You]CanSpam Act. No obvious spoofing of return address, "ADV:" in the subject, a "working" removal address, a physical postal address. All the right stuff. BUT the spam is coming from (apparently) co-opted servers, sending HELO messages (at least in the case of the messages sent to MIT) with a fake IP address (which doesn't fool the MIT servers) and a fake header claiming to be that fake MIT IP address with another fake server to try to fool the reporting system (SpamCop isn't fooled by this). THAT _is_ a violation of the [You]CanSpam Act. Not to mention the fact that the addresses they're sending to could only have been obtained by harvesting or dictionary attacks. Sometimes I feel like trying to organize the students who have also received these particular spams to each go to a real pay phone and call the 800 number listed in the spam and ask a few legitimate questions about the stuff being sold, and then say "Very interesting, but I would never buy from a spammer." (800 calls from payphones cost the recipient a minimum of fifty cents in addition to whatever rate they're able to get from their phone company.) /john Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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