SPAM IS BAD According to Eileen Harrington of the FTC, out of 283 pieces of spam received in FTC email in one week, only two were clearly not fraudulent. If you're a legitimate business, is THIS the company you want to keep?
(Borrowed from a post on 2senet by Peter da Silva)

  Excerpts of Testimony of Barbara Dooley, Executive Director of CIX testifying before the House Telecommunications Subcommittee on June 23, 1998 on HR3888 - the House version of Senate Bill S 1618
CIX and the Internet Law and Policy Forum (ILPF), ..., undertook an international survey of ISPs ... to determine the severity of their UCE problems and examine the means ISPs use to protect their networks and defeat "spammers". Our preliminary findings show the following with regard to US ISPs: 94.0% reported that spam irritates their subscribers; 79.5% reported that UCE slows system performance; 75.9% stated that it increases operating costs; 33.7% said it creates system outages, while 22.9% reported other effects such as staff costs and a tarnished image. When questioned about the frequency of the impact, 58.5% reported daily or more frequent impact; 28% said weekly, 8.5% said monthly, 3.7% said infrequent, and only 1.2% said never. Regarding growth of the problem, 27.7% of US ISPs reported 100% or more growth; 15.7% reported growth between 50 - 99%, 27.7 reported 10 - 49%, 9.6% reported the same amount of UCE, and only 2.4% reported a fall in UCE. Fully 27.9% of US ISPs reported that they are losing revenue as a result of UCE.
Full Text of the report.

Here are excerpts from my procmail filter log. All were sent to /dev/null and most were bounced back to the sender. Those bounces that were undeliverable were made to be deliverable (via whois/traceroute/etc) before they bounced to my postmaster (me).

The format is:

Apparent-From-Address (size/bytes) --> folder/name [reason] (Subject)

The actual log summary I generate daily also includes the reason for the filtering, and starting in December 1997 I'm leaving this in place.

I was particularly amused by the one that wanted me to turn my washing machine into a cash cow... I did have a washing machine I wanted to get rid of, but I ended up giving it away. Moo (with apologies to Hillary...)


Look, spammers: it's pointless to try to send me this stuff. I DON'T READ IT! And I certainly won't buy into whatever it is you're pushing. You're wasting your time, you got ripped off by whoever sold you that CDrom with zillions of "guaranteed" email addresses, and you'll go broke if you keep trying this nonsense. Not only that, but the tiny percentage (0.00001%?) of people who do read them are getting educated and TOSsing the stuff too. Get a CLUE!

Sorry, that had to be said. I can't believe the na´vete of some of these spam merchants.


-------- July 1, 1997 -------
root@img.outgoing.com (3163) (Get looped!)
50446692@hk.super.net (3041) (WE MAKE HUGE PROFIT)
50446692@hk.super.net (2856) (WE MAKE HUGE PROFIT)
root@img.outgoing.com (3028) (Get Looped and Get )
Laurie.White@plant.mail-response.com (1684) 
Laurie.White@plant.mail-response.com (1472) 
info@we-work-for-you.com (3135) (Put Us To Work F)
info@we-work-for-you.com (3008) (Put Us To Work F)
79880080@cris.com (1951) (THE BEST DEAL JUST GOT )
79880080@cris.com (2137) (THE BEST DEAL JUST GOT )
79880080@cris.com (2294) (THE BEST DEAL JUST GOT )
34706115@zignzag.com (2939) (Credit Card$$$  NO C)
trump1@threessst.com (5733) (Your mail sent to me)
67cj@67cjd2.net (13171) (I Owe You Money !!)
saguaro@savetrees.com (23269) (Please Read This Twice,)
INC.NET@sc.soficom.com.eg (2705) (AN OFFER YOU CA)
joe@usc.edu (8440) (Turn Your Washing Machine Int)
joe@usc.edu (8626) (Turn Your Washing Machine Int)
joe@usc.edu (8618) (Turn Your Washing Machine Int)
joe@usc.edu (8432) (Turn Your Washing Machine Int)
joe@usc.edu (8436) (Turn Your Washing Machine Int)
joe@usc.edu (8622) (Turn Your Washing Machine Int)
joe@usc.edu (8315) (Turn Your Washing Machine Int)
joe@usc.edu (8432) (Turn Your Washing Machine Int)
owner-software@viper.global-impact.com (12616) --> /dev/null
-------- August 1, 1997 -------
wwp@worldwidepromo.com (2398) (Website Designers)
wwp@worldwidepromo.com (2398) (Website Designers)
money@guaranteed.com (7770) (Credit Card w/$5,000 Limi)
money@guaranteed.com (7585) (Credit Card w/$5,000 Limi)
owner-specials@viper.global-impact.com (6008) --> /dev/null
owner-specials@viper.global-impact.com (6009) --> /dev/null
extractor@impactmarketing.com (3305) (Never Pay f)
f**k@j.com (1945) [Invective]
owner-specials@viper.global-impact.com (6074) --> /dev/null
21150850@hotmail.com (7786) (FREE CASH GRANTS)
21150850@hotmail.com (7786) (FREE CASH GRANTS)
wwp@worldwidepromo.com (2218) (I NEED YOUR HELP!)
ynter@spica.net (1759) (Your Own Software Busines)
marketing@wrtsun01.wrtech.com (2964) 
wwp@worldwidepromo.com (2156) (I NEED YOU)
18706465@juno.com (9702) (Home Based )
mailhost@aol.com (8760) (Your Credit Repo)
mailhost@aol.com (8603) (Your Credit Repo)
mailhost@aol.com (8417) (Your Credit Repo)
16453642@02295.com (2155) (Live Sex..NO VIDEO DELAY..Lik)
OPSYS.NET@uriel.net (3345) (HI)
GLI.COM@danpost.uni-c.dk (3379) (HI)
Selective.Marketing@holland.it.earthlink.net (1442) --> /dev/null
Selective.Marketing@holland.it.earthlink.net (1256) --> /dev/null
Selective.Marketing@holland.it.earthlink.net (1595) --> /dev/null
edithxgirl@30134.com (1881) (Free xxx Min)
27414702@aol.com (5090) ($5000 of Credit )
27414702@aol.com (4904) ($5000 of Credit )
-------- September 1, 1997 -------
wwp@worldwidepromo.com (2442) (Website De)
22853250@msn.com (6678) (WARNING - Are yo)
22853250@msn.com (6692) (WARNING - Are yo)
mailhost@aol.com (8405) (Your Credit Repo)
amish4ever@cyberamish.com (2829) (Cost Cu)
treesformeplease@rocketmail.com (2581) (From T)
treesformeplease@rocketmail.com (2386) (From T)
treesformeplease@rocketmail.com (2734) (From T)
strand3@nevwest.com (2279) (HOUSE SLIPPER)
mlsa@nevwest.com (3232) (Affordable Benef)
leeann@aol.com (4700)  (Lottery advise)
88847271@15831.com (2793)  (Free Submissio)
sandyxsex@32313.com (1483)  (><.FREE FREE )
sandyxsex@32313.com (1469)  (><.FREE FREE )
Maria@svi.ssdnet.com.ar (9147)  (Hi)
Maria@svi.ssdnet.com.ar (9359)  (Hi)
17465304@32119.com (2818)  (Free Submissio)
goldapp2@services.aminvestnet.com (2504)  (ANIMATIO)
Joey@bellsouth.net (17101)  (Only $6 Away F)
MAILER-DAEMON (4274) (FRESH Email list's!!)
pilot.to.tower@greenharvest.com (2139) --> /dev/null
pilot.to.tower@greenharvest.com (2139) --> /dev/null
goldapp2@services.aminvestnet.com (2594) (ANIMATIO)
5ecx@5ecxwb.net (3756) (Announcing IMMIGRATION USA)
yourfriend@aol.com (2317) (Lazy Way To Lose Weight)
-------- October 1, 1997 -------
intelinside@aol.com (19549) (Turn Your Washing Machine Into A Cash Cow!!!)
20440224@27722.com (2794) (High Performance Affordable Web Hosting)
seekifa@aol.com (3166) (New Adult Credit Card and Hosting Service)
magic@onlinebiz.net (3909) (Free Web Page - Substantial Income -- Big savings on products you're )
magic@onlinebiz.net (4099) (Free Web Page - Substantial Income -- Big savings on products you're )
13993666@juno.com (2590) (FREE HEALING SECRETS FROM THE BIBLE)
pinto.affair-montepaschi@duialca.com (2936) [spam content] (Trial for 3 managers of bank Monte)
52429328@juno.com (8222) (REAL HOME JOBS...WITHOUT FRAUD OR SALES)
<@pcfprod.pcf.com:rayd@adclub.net> (13698) (Re: [forwarded from Niall Kelly] Urgent Message !!!)
fai@netitalia.it (3009) (become an internet landlord)
nmd9WTh30@blacktie.net (1905) [spam content] ()
bignog@chompie.org (1642) ("Help Your Pet Live Longer" )
pinto.affair-montepaschi@duialca.com (2709) [spam content] (Monte Paschi: Censor this site)
startyour@giantheap.com (2482) (Hello)
startyour@giantheap.com (2296) (Hello)
aquasoft@onlive.de (37152) [UseNet] (AquaSoft OnLive: free of charge Internet Esoteric )
04478549@juno.com (8180) (Deliverable Mail)
04478549@juno.com (8024) (Deliverable Mail)
04478549@juno.com (7838) (Deliverable Mail)
casinomarket@correy.com (1949) (Searching_for_representatives)
18886040@juno.com (1651) (VISIT MY SITE NOW)
scratch@CAM.ORG (3403) --> /dev/null [spam content] (New Website)
wwp@mfcnet.net (1260) [spam content] (A Beautiful Painting!)
nijou@mci.net (2640) (A Great Gift Idea for Busy Women...)
2sexyteen4u@10129.com (1702) (Free!!! 125 sex channels when u join)
John.Wilson,HomeSmart.USA@spider.innercite.com (1404) (Albuquerque Real Estate!)
Gus@techshop2.rockies.net (21278) (your family)
mktg@inet.com (9710) (We Do All The Work And You Collect All The Cash)
mktg@inet.com (9883) (We Do All The Work And You Collect All The Cash)
wwp@mfcnet.net (1104) (Free Shirts)
-------- November 1, 1997 -------
frick@venus.we-deliver.net (4653) [sundry AGIS] (Earn Big $$ With Bulk Email)
82471557@19587.com (2673) [nonPeg auth] (Affordable Performance Web Hosting)
DDIndepent@aol.com (12947) [Forged AOL] (Fwd: Read This)
DDIndepent@aol.com (13132) [Forged AOL] (Fwd: Read This)
DDIndepent@aol.com (13360) [spam content] (Fwd: Read This)
brett@bniles.com (3166) [AGIS] (???????)
lotetu@ix.netcom.com (1510) [nonPeg auth] (Download FREE E-Mail Addresses)
zinini@montanasky.net (2523) [spam content] (Brand New Gold Panning List !!!  FREE )
sato64@juno.com (3525) [nonPeg auth] (Earn Big $ with Targeted Email)
t_razor@hotmail.com (3032) [Forged hotmail/juno/usa] (Warning: Federally regulated message)
mcrocamo@savoynet.com (2245) [AGIS] (Ethical Commercial ISP & Products-Home Based Business)
computerphys@hotmail.com (4476) [Forged hotmail/juno/usa] (Best kept "secrets" finally exposed)
FreeEmail@aol.com (1629) [nonPeg auth] (   Downdoad frre E-mail addresses!)
spammy1@ix.netcom.com (1662) [extractor pro body] (Webmaster Resources)
Loan@apiloans.com (11754) [nonPeg auth] ($7,000 loan,No Payback Ever!!!)
jjn43@ix.netcom.com (4591) [bogus IP] ()
discover@aol.com (1398) [nonPeg auth] (Cancer's Final Answer)
discover@aol.com (1584) [nonPeg auth] (Cancer's Final Answer)
davidson@29915.com (2064) [AGIS] (CTX 17" Monitor 15.7 Viewable $375.00)
davidson@29915.com (2250) [AGIS] (CTX 17" Monitor 15.7 Viewable $375.00)
k5k1jc@ix.netcom.com (4814) [bogus IP] ()
root@www.martianconsulate.com (1585) [UseNet] ("Re: Mars site to add to XMAS list")
auto100@ccusa.net (4242) [spam content] (Klaas Foundation 97-98 schedule)
hfa@mail.ndirect.co.uk (3759) [spam content] (Your Family Coat of Arms)
MONEYSAVERS@mpdr0.chicago.il.ameritech.net (3271) [Spam Mailer] (LEASING A CAR? - SAVE THOUSANDS$$)
z9ljj7@ix.netcom.com (4636) [bogus IP] ()
zzzz@zzzz (4169) [Forged AOL] (NO   MORE   BOOKSTORE   !!!!!!!!!)
wEc7v7cf8@keneathe1y.com (3260) [spam content] ()
50527612@19735.com (2709) [nonPeg auth] (Thanksgiving Computer Hardware Specials.)
50527612@19735.com (2553) [nonPeg auth] (Thanksgiving Computer Hardware Specials.)
50527612@19735.com (2367) [nonPeg auth] (Thanksgiving Computer Hardware Specials.)
alscan@aol.com (1273) [Forged AOL] (Up to 50% discount...)
-------- December 1, 1997 -------
U.N.I.V.E.R.S.I.T.Y.T.E.X.T@smtp.abac.com (4049)  [nonPeg auth] (NO   MORE   BOOKSTORE  !!!!!!!!)
U.N.I.V.E.R.S.I.T.Y.T.E.X.T@smtp.abac.com (4234)  [nonPeg auth] (NO   MORE   BOOKSTORE  !!!!!!!!)
U.N.I.V.E.R.S.I.T.Y.T.E.X.T@smtp.abac.com (4367)  [nonPeg auth] (NO   MORE   BOOKSTORE  !!!!!!!!)
U.N.I.V.E.R.S.I.T.Y.T.E.X.T@smtp.abac.com (4344)  [nonPeg auth] (NO   MORE   BOOKSTORE  !!!!!!!!)
cash4you@hungary.it.earthlink.net (7487)  [nonPeg auth] ($$$TheGreatCashGive-a-WayCouldEarnYou$10 to $10million$$$)
ocean@19934.com (21980)  [nonPeg auth] (Make $50,000 in 90 Days - Read Twice)
ocean@19934.com (21930)  [nonPeg auth] (Make $50,000 in 90 Days - Read Twice)
ocean@19934.com (21934)  [nonPeg auth] (Make $50,000 in 90 Days - Read Twice)
00245440@juno.com (1109)  [Forged hotmail/juno/usa] (FOR A GOOD TIME!!!)
e6e32@ix.netcom.com (6360)  [bogus IP]
hh73214@ix.netcom.com (6404)  [bogus IP]
James@askcn.marketingforyou.com (1904)  [Crushnet] (Summer Management Opportunity (com/msg))
finance@money.com (17992)  [nonPeg auth] (EXTRA SPENDING MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
qsp@dircon.co.uk (1969)  [nonPeg auth] (The new cosmological time scale)
winners6@juno.com (2401)  [nonPeg auth] (The #1 Stock Recommendation Service is Free)
silvers@mainnet.net (1529)  [Blank message id] (New Ideas)
silvers@mainnet.net (1529)  [Blank message id] (New Ideas)
zoucoi49@atrax.net.au (1832)  [nonPeg auth] (GREAT INCOME PT/FT)
-------- January 1, 1998 -------
zqW2i4zA2@blac1ktie.net (2473) [Body invective] (Give Your Child "One of the Best Children's Videos"")
2uXGnPSw8@offsh1or.com (2464) [Body invective] (Give Your Child "One of the Best Children's Videos"")
VBCO38O7z@offsh1or.com (2465) [Body invective] (Give Your Child "One of the Best Children's Videos"")
MAKIN_MONEY@MCI2000.COM (18253) [nonPeg auth] (Look At This!)
MAKIN_MONEY@MCI2000.COM (18465) [nonPeg auth] (Look At This!)
ccijeff@california.net (15402) [nonPeg auth] (I GOT $1,000.00 TODAY!)
jhjh71@ix.netcom.com (6314) [bogus IP] ()
patofuerte@hotmail.com (3949) [spam content] (Here is a joke for you...)
BGusick@aol.com (6584) [spam content] (Re:)
BGusick@aol.com (6382) [spam content] (Re:)
BGusick@aol.com (6196) [spam content] (Re:)
Bionic00@aol.com (6593) [spam content] (Re:)
Bionic00@aol.com (6391) [spam content] (Re:)
Bionic00@aol.com (6208) [spam content] (Re:)
slochml@daltek.net (2006) [MCI untertainment] (Attention Europe Travelers)
  [total of 110145 bytes, 15 spams]
-------- February 1, 1998 -------
technomail@technomail.com (2333) [ACSI] (Easiest Money Making Software Ever!)
bryanm@relay01.iafrica.com (5568) [spam content] (Secrets of The World's Greatest Lovers)
bryanm@relay01.iafrica.com (5255) [spam content] (Secrets of The World's Greatest Lovers)
bryanm@relay01.iafrica.com (5411) [spam content] (Secrets of The World's Greatest Lovers)
jjd@ccnet.com (29100) [spam content] (Desmond's Concise History of Ireland)
promotions202@usa.net (3209) [nonPeg auth] (How many people can YOU reach with a penny?)
friendlymail@aqua.preferred-mail.net (2734) [Cyber bomber] (Ad: Music Lovers Only, Free Service)
art_and_mikey@justamateurs.com (2322) [extractor pro body] (We tell you like it is)
info@inexchange.net (2442) [spam content] (Advertisement: Website Hosting)
info@inexchange.net (2440) [spam content] (Advertisement: Website Hosting)
info@inexchange.net (2442) [spam content] (Advertisement: Website Hosting)
info@intellistar.net (2525) [spam content] (This is an once only adversiting for the best hosting service in the )
info@inexchange.net (2440) [inexchange bounced back] (Advertisement: Website Hosting)
VRFunTime@aol.com (6518) [spam content] (Re:)
VRFunTime@aol.com (6335) [spam content] (Re:)
VRFunTime@aol.com (6721) [spam content] (Re:)
email@800tv.com (3390) [spam content] (THE SOUL OF THE BLACK RACE)
ers@ersco.com (1361) [Spam Mailer] (Information Technology  )
insight@img-direct.com (2563) (Give Your CAD Drawings a Hand Sketched Look!)
azid@img-direct.com (2369) (Are You Getting Noticed?)
  [total of 97478 bytes, 20 spams]
-------- March 1, 1998 -------

Grand total from April 14, 1997 to March 1, 1998: 1,409,170 bytes. This is not counting the mailbombing that some spammers (or perhaps the ko0k cabal; but I repeat myself) aimed at me (and my S.O.; they are totally clueless) just before this period.

Any forged spam that leaks through my filters (this is quite unlikely :-) will be reported to fraud@ftc.gov. Any other spam that leaks will be treated much as my Spamfighting Cabal Colleagues (TINC)[1] handle them, usually with a large wooden mallet. I don't keep count of the spammers I've had "nuked", but we're probably talking triple digits here...

The words in red above were censored by me; those in green were altered to protect innocent spam victims.


[1] TINC: There Is No Cabal
Patrick P. Murphy
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