August 24, 2004

Dozens Charged in Crackdown on Spam and Scams

Good news for e-commerce websites, email marketers, newsletter writers and the rest of us:

Per New York Times August 25, 2004 article Dozens Charged in Crackdown on Spam and Scams, “Federal and state law enforcement agencies have quietly arrested or charged dozens of people with crimes related to junk e-mail, identity theft and other online scams in recent weeks, according to several people involved in the actions.” (You might have to register to read the article, but it’s free.)

Consider not having to worry whether your email newsletter — or your shopping cart purchase confirmation emails — are being blocked by customers’ spam filters. Or having to ask anyone to “whitelist” your email address. Consider not having to load up your computer system with spam filters, and hope you don’t miss even one important email.

Well, it *could* happen.

2 Comments to "Dozens Charged in Crackdown on Spam and Scams"

  1. Charles says:

    Its about time. We still get so much spam that important (real estate related) email have been lost. Even with spam filters, removing our email from our home page, etc the spam still comes in. Hopefully this will put a dent in the amount of crap email going over the web.

  2. Diane Vigil says:

    I know what you mean, Charles. We have taken steps to reduce spam, but the main problem is that one of our original email addresses, which we foolishly put on our main website, was info@ — which, along with webmaster@ and a few others — is generally targeted by spammers.

    We wrote some scripts for our server which either quarantine or delete spam (great for deleting virus-laden email, too). And we use MailWasher Pro, which checks email on the server (terrific if you have more than one website) but do not use the “bounce” feature (MailWasher returns a “bounce” message to the return email address) as we have found that a pretty good percentage of return email addresses in spam are bogus or falsely use someone else’s domain name in the return email address.

    For the same reason, I don’t want to simply delete the info@ email address, since that means truly bounced spam would go bouncing all over the ‘Net; why double the amount of bogus email? (grin)

    Diane

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