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- To: "'seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org'" <seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org>
- Subject: Re: How to find actual e-mail address?
- From: "Smith, Ted" <tsmith(--nospam--at)consrv.ca.gov>
- Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 09:39:39 -0700
"P.Rajendran" <rajendra(--nospam--at)edumaster.net> wrote: Very often we are flooded with unsolicited mail. When replies to such mails are attempted, out of anger or out of curiosity, nothing seems to happen. The computer simply waits, probably trying to locate the sender giving an impression that the address of the sender of original post could be phony. Am I correct in my conclusion? If so, is it possible to get the correct address of the sender. If not, the sender could be a crook or a con artist, in which case is it possible to bring him to authorities? (Example: ca101(--nospam--at)ultimatesuccess.net) For about 10 years I've operated a couple of public computer bulletin boards (BBS) that are connected to the Internet. A couple of years ago I converted one BBS to a private system to receive e-mail for a home-based business. Today about half of the messages received by that system are SPAM (unsolicited e-mail) sent to former users of the BBS. My BBS sends an automated reply to advise the sender that the addressee couldn't be found. Roughly 80 percent of those replies are returned addressee unknown, meaning the sender's e-mail address is bogus about 80 percent of the time. Legislation is wending its way through congress to require senders of unsolicited e-mail to include valid contact information in the message. Until something like that happens, you'll have to refer to SPAM-related state laws to determine your rights and what to do about the problem. Washington has such a law and California's considering one. I'm not sure about other states. One other note. Some people are inserting extra text in their e-mail address to foil automated programs that gather addresses and add them to SPAM lists. Usually these same senders also include a note at the bottom of the message telling you what text to remove before replying. -- Ted Ted Smith <tsmith(--nospam--at)consrv.ca.gov> Seismic Hazards Mapping Outreach Coordinator California Department of Conservation Division of Mines and Geology See http://www.consrv.ca.gov/dmg/shezp/ for seismic hazard zone maps and related information.
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