Have you been spammed by us? No! We do not send out unsolicited bulk email. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly common for spammers to hijack the identities of others and subject innocent third parties to the inevitable bombardment of undeliverable bounces, auto-acknowledgments, and sometimes abusive "remove me from your mailing list" diatribes. It has happened to us a number of times:
The spammers usually just forge a fake address in the
Reply-to: lines but sometimes they also link to or include
copies of logos and other images taken from legitimate web sites which are
in no way associated with the web sites being advertised. As the above
links demonstrate, this has happened to us on numerous occasions.
In some cases, we believe that we were targeted simply because we regard our email addresses as our private property and operate a zero-tolerance policy with regards to spam. This means tracing the spam that we receive back to its source and sending complaints to those responsible:
In other instances, we were a random victim. In either case, we pay for our email addresses and they are ours. We don't give permission to spammers to collect, store, or use them for any purpose whatsoever.
Please don't complain to us or to our ISP. We didn't send this junk mail to you. Our email address was forged, so we are even more of a victim of this spammer than you are.
In any case, it's never a good idea to reply to a junk email or to click on a "remove me" link, because
Reply-To:lines of the header. The address may have been chosen at random or the spammer may have deliberately targeted someone. In either case, an innocent third party will be inundated with bounced emails and irate "remove" requests, some of which can be very abusive or threatening. This can turn into what is known as a denial of service attack if the flood of bounces or replies overloads the innocent party's computer system. This is a crime.
Isn't about time that you reclaimed your electronic mail box? Be part of
the solution and don't just hit