My Short Life As An Unintentional Spammer

Mike Masnick, TechDirt, Feb 12, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The event described in this article has happened to me as well - it's one of the things that happens when your email address is widely posted. "This particular spammer took things one step further, and made the 'reply-to' address for all of his spam message set to my personal email address. If anyone looked at the headers, it was clear that I had nothing to do with the email whatsoever. However, most mail servers aren't so smart." So, yes, from time to time (like this morning) I receive angry messages from people asking me to stop spamming them. I can't help them. I had nothing to do with the spam. Typically, "the email came from a mail server in the Philippines, and pointed to a website hosted in China, owned by a company in London."
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