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Where Is Spam When You Want It?

timothy posted more than 11 years ago | from the come-here-little-spider dept.

Spam 580

Sean writes "In a complete twist to what everybody else is trying to do these days, I need to attract spam to an e-mail address for a research survey I am conducting. I have submitted a few articles to a handful of Usenet groups, and I have signed up to some general mailing lists but so far I have nothing to show for it. How come by personal account gets 100+ spam each day yet when I try to find it I get nothing? Where should I post my address so that it attracts spam?"

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Outlook... (5, Interesting)

krray (605395) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020239)

I ran an experiment to do just this... Originally USENET (a decade ago I did that one), web pages, etc... Hundreds of trap address' across many of the domains in my control -- harvest and block 'em early has been my general method... :)

I recently took 1 Windows 2K box (SP2) and put it directly online in the DMZ type zone. Do NOT patch it and add no virus software. Load some trap address' (never used before) into the Outlook address book.

It took twelve (12) minutes from plugging it in to getting many, many infections, to the final spam. Typical time is 3-4 hours usually and I've seen the test go for as long as 8 hours.

How many people do you know that use Outlook and may have your email in their address book? The bitch of the matter? No Windows here anywhere, well, except for VirtualPC which makes such tests so damn easy -- too bad Microsoft had to buy them up too...

spam bot (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020284)

Thanks that's my 1000000 for the day - expect some from me soon enogh -- spam bot

Re:Outlook... (5, Insightful)

dboyles (65512) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020342)

If you do this, are you willing to be responsible if someone hijacks the machine and uses it to commit illegal/unethical acts? I know, it's unlikely that this would happen, but knowingly putting an open machine online with the intention of having it compromised is asking for trouble. It's one thing to not know any better, but it's another to be apathetic to the situation.

Re:Outlook... (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020451)

I've done it a half a dozen times now -- and yes, it was monitored and some-what controlled. At the routing level outbound traffic to obvious ports (21,22,23,25,53,80,110,143,443,etc) was throttled or blocked. Unfortunately some infections use mail or web ports to call home...

A full tcpdump was also in progress (just watching :), logged, and looked through various ways. Honey-pot anyone?

Don't know (1)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020241)

But why don't you just use your personal email address in that case?

Re:Don't know (1)

Blkdeath (530393) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020435)

But why don't you just use your personal email address in that case?

Because it would taint the experiment, I'd wager.

something (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020242)

blah blah blah blah blah troll

Hotmail. (4, Informative)

pi_rules (123171) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020246)

Sign up for an account there, forward the spam to your new mailbox and start following links to advertisements and such. If they ask for your email address, give it to them. Won't take long.

Re:Hotmail. (5, Insightful)

norsk_hedensk (671990) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020295)

yeah but if they ask for you email address and you give it to them, it is not spam anymore. spam is unsolicited. you giving them your email says that they can email you. unless they say they WONT send spam, but yeah, thats gonna happen.

Re:Hotmail. (2, Interesting)

napoleonin (548802) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020302)

I don't know where Hotmail gets such a bad reputation from. I've had the same account there for 5+ years, and I get hardly any spam at all (5-10 spam messages per day).

Re:Hotmail. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020427)

i signed up with hotmail not giving my adress to anyone but my girlfriend. since day one i've been receiving spam...that's why the bad reputation.

Re:Hotmail. (5, Funny)

caferace (442) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020453)

Maybe your girlfriend is pretty serious about you getting a penis enlargement and some viagra. Ever think about that, smart guy?

Some options... (3, Funny)

mgcsinc (681597) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020247)

Register with every "reputable" company with a "privacy policy" you can find, and make purchases with them. Register a domain with the addy. Put the addy on tons of those little fill out cards that you have to mail in from magazines for free this, free that. Buy subscriptions to tons of Pr0n sites with the addy. Instead of usenet, post on several pay or exclusive product-support forums, where spam-runners can be assured of sure-fire hits. Damn! It's expensive to acquire SPAM!

Re:Some options... (1)

dontbgay (682790) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020452)

I know it sounds HORRIBLE but it's so crazy, it might just work. Find someone with an AoL [] account. Hit one of the Lobby chatrooms and you're in there like swimwear. Hope this helps! cheers!

Truly successful method (1)

Snags (18929) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020250)

If you really want to get spam, just sign up for a few "free" porn web sites. That should do it fairly quickly.

Post it here (2, Funny)

dhawton (691348) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020251)

Me as well as other slashdotters will send you some of ours. We don't want it (I hope).

Re:Post it here (1)

SB5 (165464) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020266)

Just imagine... A Slashdot effect spamming this poor soul to the point of having a Beowulf Cluster won't save his mailbox...

usenet isnt that great (2, Informative)

Shaklee39 (694496) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020256)

Try signing up for a few mailing lists for marketers. Usually they will sell these to other companies who will in turn sell it to other companies and so on. Most email addresses are not spammed by having it available on google but rather giving it to the companies that do the spamming.

Domain registry (4, Informative)

jhines (82154) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020259)

I get spam from my domain registry, which has an email associated with it. I get the Nigerian stuff this way.

Re:Domain registry (5, Funny)

dboyles (65512) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020441)

Amazing. Even after you made your millions from underground African money transfers, you still find time to post to Slashdot. What character! I can see why Igwe Emanuel thought you good enough to do business with.

I, on the other hand, will be out of here as soon as the transaction is complete. So long, suckers!

Why not (5, Insightful)

Alystair (617164) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020260)

You want spam? You should have put in your email address into the submitted article...

same problem (2, Funny)

steveargonman (183377) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020261)

I had to get on some spam lists for an experiment as well. I signed up for everything you could imagine and recieve less spam on that account than my other accounts.

Re:same problem (5, Funny)

Oestergaard (3005) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020297)

Write a HOWTO and put your real e-mail address in there.

Worked for me ;)

Porn sites are your friends (2)

fleafan (547786) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020262)

Just put your email adress in a lot of those 'get free pr0n pictures every day!' Works wonders. I heard.

FREE pr0n (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020267)

sign up for those "free porn in your email" things.
works every time.

Post it here (1)

MrBiiggy (458829) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020269)

Want to get lots of spam? Just post your email here, this place gets crawled all the time.

For even better results get an editor to add it to the story on the front page.

Post it on (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020272)


Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020372)

Didn't get a great view of the pictures... but they looked like gay porn with fat men... honestly... if you clicked like I did, YHBT, and HAND.

Murphy's Law part2... (5, Funny)

Jonin893 (666637) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020273)

If Murphy's Law can go wrong, it will.

We all know that the Spam won't show up if you want it. That's against the very nature of spam.

All annoying things always happen every time except for the one time you try and prove the phenomenon to a non-beliver. Well known fact.

Good luck at finding the spam (wow, I never thought I'd have say that.)

Ebay (5, Informative)

NetDrain (167337) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020274)

Make an ebay account with your email address in it and just start bidding. This is an excellent way to ruin an otherwise perfectly good email address. I was doing all right on the spam front until I did this. Big whoops. *hits head on desk* Yeah, stupid me.

You'll quickly become inundated with "How-tos" to Ebay, "official" emails from Ubid by people attempting to fraudulently gain access to your personal information, more tips-and-tricks, more offers from uBid, and of course a plethora of marvelous online drugstore advertisements.


Re:Ebay (2, Informative)

djrogers (153854) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020392)

Well, I can't speak to your specific circumstances, but I've been using a specific ebay-only email address for 3 years now, and have not had one single spam sent to it. Bought and sold plenty of stuff too... Perhaps you need to re-check what little information sharing checkboxes you forgot to uncheck with ebay?

Free porn sites? (3, Insightful)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020278)

Seems like there's more than a few people suggesting signing up with free porn sites to get spam.

Personal experience?

use online greeting card companies (4, Informative)

Indy1 (99447) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020280)

also try porn sites, gambling sites, and more importantly, paste it on slashdot. My spam trap address here gets hit ALL the time, usually several times a day, which has helped me greatly in tuning my firewall.

If you want to be scientific, don't (4, Interesting)

gunner800 (142959) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020281)

If you deliberately bait spam, your research will only be about spam as it effects bait e-mail accounts. Your conclusions won't be applicable to normal e-mail use habits.

Want to survey spam as it effects a normal, real-life, daily-use e-mail address? Get a new address and starting using it as your primary account. Anything less will be irrelevant statistics.

Re:If you want to be scientific, don't (2, Insightful)

Dobob (701740) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020381)

I would have said the same thing, but that would have been redundant.
But, it all depends on the precise of your study (you should have been more precise when asking here). Here is some possibility of studies and how you should act :

1- Which actions get you the most spam : create many new email accounts. Paste slashdot@... here, suscribe to pr0n with pervert@, post to Usenet with usenet@, ... and yada yada yada, you got the point. The check the spams each account got after some time.

2- What spam do specific people gets : get the spam real people got for the last n days. A university teacher shouldn't have the same spam as a child or as ./ reader. You should ask them before to remove all their anti-spam protection.

3- What constitute spam : just do anything you want. Try everything you think of to increase spam, you need quantity, not quality.

That depends (4, Interesting)

dmiller (581) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020454)

If you deliberately bait spam, your research will only be about spam as it effects bait e-mail accounts. Your conclusions won't be applicable to normal e-mail use habits.

The relevance of a baited addres depends on how one does the baiting. I'd say that a handful of usenet posts, pasting it to a couple of web pages, use of it to create accounts on websites (e.g. here), etc would be very representative of common patterns of address disclosure.

plenty of spam here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020282)

there was an article on worst jobs a few days ago (1)

civilengineer (669209) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020285)

you should've posted your job there. That would've got you in top 10.
just kidding. on offense intended
if you want spam you just need to get a hotmail account.

a sure method (5, Funny)

Alpha_Nerd (565637) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020287)

Give it to some of your friends and relatives, soon you'll recieve 20 or so joke chain letters every day...

pr0n, obviously ;) (1)

daniel_yokomiso (641714) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020288)

Seriously, search for porn sites and sign for their "free pics every day" lists. Err... at least that's what I heard about. Not that I sign for such lists...

Become a student at the University of Texas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020290)

in Austin. The registrar will give your e-mail address to all who ask, including merchants who must promise not to resell your e-mail address.

And that promise isn't worth the paper it is printed on.

(you can of course choose to opt out of the official directory, but this prevents _any_ of your information from being available, which is unacceptable for some)

I can provide you with a LOT (1)

ddent (166525) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020291)

Contact me at the email address on [] -- I have a domain that has accumulated over 200 megabytes of spam in a matter of days.

'Unsubscribe' (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020292)

In your own inbox, get a couple of hundreds of spam.

Take the urls (DO NOT CLICK ON THEM) and strip them of the stuff after the '?' .....

Go to each of those 'unsibscribe' pages and put the test account in the email to be removed box.

Its the best way to get spam. The spammers will generally use it as confirmation that your address does indeed exist, and theyll happily put you in their alive list, where you are shure to get everything they are selling. (5, Informative)

foonf (447461) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020293)

I was in the exact same situation, actually, and found [] to be very helpful. Any one of the files on their ftp site should have enough spam to keep you busy for a while.

Spamarchive (2, Informative)

endquotedotcom (557632) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020296)

Why not just download some from spam archive [] ?

Post it here (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020299)

I am sure we can fill your quota.

post to the pr0n sites (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020301)

find a bunch of pr0n sites and sign up there you will be all set. After you get a couple of spam just start replying to them asking to be taken off their list this should get you on a bunch of other lists.

Unsubscribe (1)

princewally (699307) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020304)

Send an email to the unsubscribe address listed in spam that you've received on a different email account.

What's worked for me... (2, Informative)

Dinosaur Neil (86204) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020307)

Based on a friend's suggestion, I created an alternate e-mail address and used it to create user IDs on [] and [] and, sure enough, until I kill the ID months later, I was getting 30+ spams a day after my ISP was done with its own filtering. I wasn't being very scientific and I don't know if it was one or the other or both, but it's a place to start...

A few thoughts (4, Informative)

rdean400 (322321) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020311)

- Post a comment on Slashdot with the e-mail address visible
- If on a popular e-mail provider such as AOL, Hotmail, or Yahoo, put up a profile and go to a chat room.
- Allow your e-mail address to be listed on any of the directories.
- Put your e-mail on a Geocities website.

oh spam! wonderful spam! (1)

potpie (706881) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020312)

1) Use a screenname that's a name and then a number like bob123 or andy78.
2) Register for things at places like AOL and MSN. I have no proof that they sell out their customers, but my experiences with both are strong indications.

I think that's all I have for now.

email address on websites is best (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020314)

Post your email address (plaintext, not obfuscated) on as many websites (the more popular the better) as you can. You may have to wait a while for the address harvesters to go by. It will come ...

Change your thesis. (5, Funny)

CGP314 (672613) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020318)

New research shows spam no longer a problem!

You're best bet (2, Insightful)

edthemonkey (136946) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020320)

I think your best bet for simulating spam would be to give the account to a 14-16 year old kid for a week or two. One of the types that plays stupid games and talks to their friends on messaging programs all the time. They drop their email addresses all the time without really thinking about it.

Yahoo Games (1)

infestedsenses (699259) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020321)

Sign up for a Yahoo! Games [] account using the address.
I opened a fully new email account (at hotmail) just to sign up there (I didn't use the address anywhere else) and a week later I was receiving about 20-30 (!) spam mails daily.

Pyramid schemes (1)

Broodje (646341) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020325)

Just sign up for a make-money fast pyramid scheme. You will get plenty of opt-in crap within days of signing up. This isn't a subtle thing: You apply, You open the floodgates with one simple reply to these jackasses. Try this clicky [] . Then apply to a few of the douche-deals they vomit your way.

Proven spam sites (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020327)

Speaking from personal experience, try posting something at [] . Try buying something from or Try using Comcast as your internet service provider.

It's easy. (4, Informative)

NerveGas (168686) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020329)

Put it on a web page which gets any moderate amount of traffic. I did that with some spam-bait addresses, and it's amazing how much they generate. In a few months, they've identified over 22,000 unique servers sending spam.


opt-out to opt-in (1)

Chromal (56550) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020335)

Take some spam with an 'opt-out' option from another address and 'opt-out' from the target address. That should add you to spam lists quickly as spammers will have confirmation of 'a live one' e-mail address!

You want spam (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020337)

You can have some of mine... In fact you can have all of it.

Research Survey (5, Funny)

becktabs (628093) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020338)

"Research Survey" = getting back at evil ex-girlfriend.

Just give me your e-mail address (0)

LennyDotCom (26658) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020341)

If you give the the adress I will forward ALL the e-amil to my domnain and you will reciece about 300+ spam's a day

Lots of Contests (2, Informative)

jarito030507 (537910) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020344)

Enter your email address into as many contests as you can. Those things have absolutely no reason to exist except to farm email addresses.

Some links of the sweet, sweet google:
Here []
Again []
And Again []

If you search for 'contests' and click on the sponsored link then you should have an abundant source. Also, if you sign up for a few of those "Free" trials at porno websites, you should start to get some serious spam.

spam sponge-a-rama (1)

rmc6198 (701782) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020345)

Go hang out in chat rooms (like Yahoo chat, that's a big one), and post your e-mail there. Bots will get your e-mail. Also, I'm sure posting on yahoo message boards has increased my spam count!

Also, for spam you do get, reply to it! And make sure you have html and graphics enabled in your e-mail so "web beacons" can broadcast when you view the e-mail--both of these will flag your e-mail as an active address, which I'm sure puts you on many many lists circulating in dark back alleys where spammers do their bidding!

Also, make your address something that's a really easy combination of letters, so the computers that randomly auto-generate e-mails are more likely to getcha. Oh and try to use hotmail...a hotmail address is the biggest spam sponge in the universe! (Not sure about some of the parallel universes though).

Post ur address on /. (1)

trolman (648780) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020347)

and in two days or less you can get offers from Nigerian buisiness people. What a deal!

Try Free For All Links style sites.. (2, Informative)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020349)

That and better yet the sites that will submit your web site to hundreds of search engines [] . That will get you to the FFA style sites quick. I did this when I needed an account to test SpamAssassin on. Worked like a charm. Better yet, give /. ers an Email and we can set a forward to you of some junk.

Hey I got plenty!

Posting in public forums (2, Informative)

AEton (654737) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020357)

Post to Google Groups [] on many well-frequented lists (don't cross-post!) with the address. Sign up for a Slashdot account and write generally informative (+5! +5! +5!) tripe with your real email address tied to it.

You also should've specified the test email in your story submission (i.e. Sean [mailto] writes:) -- too late for that now, of course. In the emails I've provided, I've easily gotten 10+/day within a few hours of first posting. Neat.

Look at my email addy... (3, Informative)

pair-a-noyd (594371) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020359)

I made up a semi-bogus email addy, it's real in that mail sent to it gets to me, but when I'm done, I'll flush it down the tubes.

I used it to attract spam so that I could train spamassassin for my use and for a few friends and family.

I went and dropped it all over usenet in the pr0n groups, went to every viagra site I could find, clicked on every banner add I saw.

It took a few weeks but I finally got the desired results. You'll have to put up with some extremely offensive email for awhile so make sure the wife and kids can't get to it during this phase.

After doing this for a few weeks I was getting 50+ spams a day. Now that I have spamassassin all tuned up I just don't check mail on that account. Once I feel that I no longer have the need to tweak SA, I'll just dump the account..

Too bad this doesn't work for TV commercials...
HEY! How about an app that, er, nevermind...

Re:Look at my email addy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020414)

make sure the wife and kids can't get to it during this phase

Well, being a typical slashdot user, I don't think the OP will have to worry about this too much...

search for... (1)

linuxislandsucks (461335) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020361)

Search for FFA submission pages the ones that do not verify via google then just submit your email address and any will get 1000s within 48 hours..

Use the "unsubscribe option" from known spam (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020363)

I guess nobody mentioned this: the best way to tell spammers that your mail is, indeed, valid, and that there's a real person behind it, is by trying to unsubscribe from their spam list. That's why so many spam emails provide such an option (usually a web link).

Re:Use the "unsubscribe option" from known spam (1)

pontifier (601767) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020379)

I have actually seen Unsubscribes working. I have opened and unsubscribed from every piece of mail I have recieved for about the last 10 weeks. I have seen my spam volume go down from 30/day to less than 10/day.

Web bugs (1x1 tranparent gifs) are the prefered way to tell if an address is valid.

worked for me (5, Interesting)

pretzel_logic (576231) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020367)

Buy a throw-away domain name and post an index page with a email address. you could also use the method where you record the IP address of the spider by generating the email address on the fly. with [IP of spider] and then set up a catch all email box. then you are monitoring the spiders ips and the mail servers ips. this idea was posted on /. a few months back but I couldnt find the link.

Spam heaven is right at your doorstep! (2, Insightful)

pongo000 (97357) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020370)

Simply respond to your own post here on /. with your e-mail address. /. is a spam magnet. The majority of spam I receive is from an e-mail address I used to use here that I quit using over a year ago.

Spam feeding bloat.. (1)

adeyadey (678765) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020371)

I can actually confirm this - a yahoo address I used for mailing usenet has got very few spam emails. I think the spam-bots are replete, they have feasted on all your mail boxes for so long, they barely need new ones....

Post the address here (1)

dmatos (232892) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020374)

and have a bunch of people on slashdot forward you their spam. Hey, everyone, let's help this guy out.

Seeding addresses (1)

macdaddy (38372) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020377)

Would seeding addresses invalidate your research? Earlier this summer I seeded a little over 525,000 spamtrap addresses to numerous spammer's remove forms. I get more spam than I know what to do with now. :-) I report it all via Razor2 and Pyzor. I was also auto-forwarding it to the FTC and Bob the NANAS bot. Unfortunately my auto-forwarding scripts can't handle bounces so when I was Joe Jobbed I was forwarding the bounces to the FTC and NANAS. I haven't had time to fix that minor detail yet though. If this wouldn't invalidate your research I'd be glad to show you how I did it. If you want me to help, reply to this post.

Or in other words... (3, Funny)

chimpo13 (471212) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020380)

Hi, I'm pissed off at someone and would love to get them bombarded with spam. No, I don't think that'll work on slashdot. Better say "research" instead of "pissed off". Yeah, that should work.

Ask Slashdot (5, Funny)

roystgnr (4015) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020382)

"My deadbeat roommate has pissed me off once too often. On a completely unrelated note, I'm looking for ways to attract lots of spam to an email address for... er... research. Yes, research sounds plausible."

You missed out the most obvious! (1)

SteelX (32194) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020383)

Post the email address on Slashdot! :-)

Unsubscribe Lists, shady sites (1)

MadocGwyn (620886) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020385)

Put yourself on every porn mailing list known to man, look for 'shady' spam from other sources and opt-in, once you get a few going the address shareing should kick in.

if you really want it.... (1)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020391)

It takes more then a few days, but I've used a generic hotmail account for 4+ years now and after just a few usenet posts, I get about 100 spams per day.

Spam takes time, have patience. :)

Come on (1)

Metaldsa (162825) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020393)

Did this really need to be an Ask Slashdot? Besides a simple google search I am sure it isn't that hard to attract spam. Just put your email address out there. Message boards, Usenet groups, and send emails out to porn web pages (free pr0n!). I have a hard time believing that spam is hard to come by if you take 30min trying to attract it.

Re:Come on (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020409)

What he was saying, genius, is that he TRIED all that and it didn't work as expected. Christ, try reading.

Post it in the slashdot article. (1)

Fiery (21015) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020399)

Put your email address in the slashdot article, unescaped. Don't include stopwords like "spam", "nospam", "gov", "fcc", "fte", etc. Don't use +, -, _.

Check the archives? (1)

DeBeuk (239106) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020400) []

You could have put it on here... (1)

dotgod (567913) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020402)

Too bad you didn't include the e-mail address in the write-up you submitted.

post on Slashdot (1)

mod12 (650002) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020405)

I have a separate email address for slashdot. And as soon as I submitted an article that was displayed on the front page and agreed to allow that email address to be publicly visible with the article announcement, I was suddenly flooded with spam. It looks like you missed out on a golden opportunity when you submitted your article without a link to your email. :)

For starters.. (1)

KevinIsOwn (618900) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020416)

You could have sent your email address along with the article!

Two Places (1)

ebob (220513) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020417)

1) Put your email address on a web page

2) Register a domain name

I've been using sneakemail [] for a couple of years. I shows you where they got your address when you get spam. By far these are the two most frequent sources of spam.

Post your e-mail address in a reply to this ... (1)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020419)

Reply to this and I'll post your e-mail on my website. It's amazing how many spams I get just for having an e-mail address on a not so popular game fan site. I'll check later for the reply

Register a Domain (1)

eericson (103272) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020424)

Especially with Network "Solutions". My spam count tripled when I did this.


I am doing the same but...? (1)

deadmongrel (621467) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020431)

I have been doing the same think for the past couple of weeks(harvesting spam) but it just stuck me that it may not be the best way to find a solution for spam. For one what's spam to me would be an "useful" article to you. your thoughts on this?

if possible please spam

Most spammers use pre-harvested addresses (1)

obfuscated (258084) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020433)

Like the subject says, most spammers use pre-harvested addresses. Most (90%+) will buy them from people who just harvest addresses, 24/7.

The run-of-the-mill spammer doesn't want to take the time to actually spider through and get his own addresses. Why not let someone who specializes in that do it for them.

CD's (and now DVDs) FULL of email addresses are available for sale. At a higher premium is of course databases full of email addresses where they can verify that a person is there. Either via an "unsubscribe" request or an "opt-out" clickthrough, or even an html image request that is unique to the email id.

At an even higher premium are people's addresses who have received spam, and then actually buy something from it. Those are like "in the money options" on wall street.

If you wanted spam today, you should have posted your messages six weeks ago.


Go to pr0n sites (1)

Yaa 101 (664725) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020434)

yes really... :-)

Don't know how to get the spam started... (1)

The Infamous Grimace (525297) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020436)

...but I know where to find info on penis enlargement.

And generic Viagara to go with it!


Well! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020440)

You can have my spam! I really don't need it!

Anything I can do to help! :)

Webmaster has the answer (1)

Lalakis (308990) | more than 11 years ago | (#7020446)

step 1) Register a domain
step 2) Make the email account
step 3) Watch the spam flowing...

This way will get you going in no time. No advertisement, no other action from you is needed. Of course if you view the html spam mails, reply and follow their links you will have much much better results.

sign up for "FREE PIZZA!" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7020455)

Sign up for Free Pizza. I did so and was receiving dozens of spam emails within days.
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