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That time someone registered a spambot with my e-mail address.

davewoods (2450314) writes | about 2 years ago

Spam 2

davewoods writes "So this morning (About 2AM CST) I got an e-mail on my phone, grumpily I glanced at it and read the word "Penny" and something about my recent purchase. Of course, I figured it to be spam, so I did not bother reading it, and went back to sleep. When I finally did get a chance to read that e-mail, I learned that I had just registered a domain name with GoDaddy under the alias "Penny Woods". Fantastic, similar things have happened where someone used my e-mail address instead of theirs, I figured it was just a typo and I could get to the bottom of it quickly.

After "Forgetting" my username, and then "Forgetting" my password, I was logged in to the account and ready to find some contact info. Penny had set up four e-mail accounts, so I clicked through to do a web login on the first one. Lo and behold, it had sent out 31 thousand e-mails in the last seven hours, all claiming that the receiver had recently won 1.5 million dollars.

Sooooo, now I apparently own a spambot domain, and I have no idea what to do with it. The e-mail accounts have not sent out any e-mails recently, so I have not bothered to change the passwords on them or anything (Stealthy, right?). Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should do with all of this?"

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Don't get sued (1)

gurps_npc (621217) | about 2 years ago | (#41694821)

I would change the password ASAP. You don't want someone trying to sue the spammer to end up suing you.

A little more digging: (1)

davewoods (2450314) | about 2 years ago | (#41694871)

After I submitted this story, I searched around and managed to find their phone number and address, and apparently they saved their credit card info when they purchased the account. I was considering buying a 10-year $50,000 domain.
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