For instance, a spammer
recently managed to change the phone number of insurance companies listings to the same number, which belonged to a major provider.
By pretending to be travel agents offering tickets for the match, scammers directed victims to a legitimate online payment site, and then got the victims to send their name, surname and the unique online payment voucher number to the spammer
When you open a message in which that feature, showing the first few lines of each e-mail, is activated, it reports back to the spammer
that your account is active and valid.
A Virginia jury has recommended a nine-year prison sentence for spammer
Jeremy Jaynes of North Carolina, who cranked out at least 10 million e-mails a day using 16 high-speed Internet connections - or the bandwidth equivalent of a 1,000-employee company.
When an end-user opens or even previews an e-mail containing an embedded spam beacon, it sends its signal back to the spammer
, validating the address.
US Senators have adopted a "Can-Spam Act" which they are promoting with rhymes such as "if you're a spammer
, you could wind up in the slammer".
This is better than the black hole system, where senders unfortunate enough to share an IP address with a known spammer
cannot send e-mail to half the Internet
To send spam legally, spammers
must ensure that their email is clearly an advertisement, that the headers are not misleading, that they are not sent through relays to disguise the origin, and that the physical address of the spammer
is included in the text.
F virus that plagued thousands of computers in late summer was thought to be the work of spammer
masterminds to distribute unwanted e-mails and product promotions.
buys dial-up and broadband accounts under various aliases so that when one is terminated, another can quickly be activated.
WEB activists in the USA have found the personal details of the man behind a federal surveillance system and an email spammer
and are giving them a dose of their own medicine.
Experts on the subject agree the worst thing you can do is reply to a spammer
to ask that your address be removed from his list.