Friday, September 29, 2006

Go Fishing!

What do you do when you get a “fishing” email. You know, the kind asking for your account number, credit card number, account name, etc because there “may have been a ________ issue with your account” or other fake email topics? What do I do? I spam ‘ em back. I click on their link and type in expletives over and over and over again. Fill out the form, send, click back, REPEAT. REPEAT. REPEAT. I’m hoping that I can clog their emails with results of ID = “f*ckyou” password = “get a life asswipe”. (prounounced azzweeeepay of course). I don’t do it all the time, but once in a while, I’m inspired to give back to my community. I encourage you to do the same.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those emails are generated in at least two different ways -- they either pull your email from your site or they combine proper nouns and words and random names and numbers; they'll send one to catay12 and catay 21 and every possible combination a computer can come up with. By responding to them, you are letting them know they have in fact found a working email account and you might get more spam...but if it makes you laugh then go right ahead, of course...

Cat said...

Unfortunately, it goes farther than that. Simply opening an email will alert them to an active email address. I work with a spam system for my job and we track email opens all the time. It's a tiny script that is embedded in the email that reports back to our email spam server to alert us when/if an email is opened.

In a lot of email systems, one can hover over the link to see if there is a code within the URL that will be reporting back the email address used. These days, about 90% of the time, they don't have it encoded. You may also look at the source code of the email to see the full URL. So, go ahead, if you know what you're doing, re-spam 'em!

Cat said...

Oh, I should add to respond to your comment...NEVER respond to an email spammer. My suggestion is to click the link and submit false, hopefully insulting and system clogging responses to their online forms. It's the fishing forms that I'm suggesting people use...not just responding to email. That won't get ya anywhere.