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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Personal misfortune is not an excuse for spam

"Mark" is having a hard time. Left with huge bills after being treated for prostate cancer, he feels let down by his employer at the time who did not cover the treatment with their health insurance.

How do I know this? He spammed me to tell me about it. Several times.

From:     Mark ******* [me@mail.*****]
Date:     17 June 2014 07:25
Subject:     Please donate to help support my recovery from Localised Prostate Cancer

Hi
        please consider donating to help fund my financial recovery since I was treated for Localised Prostate Cancer.

Regards,

Mark *******

        © Mark ******* , All Rights Reserved.
                http://******* .net/
                        or
                http://******* .like.to/
                        or
                http://******* .like.to/
A web form is attached soliciting funds:


Because "Mark" has suffered enough, I am withholding his full name. I did the due diligence and checked that the originating IP links back to a mailserver on his own domain, so this isn't a Joe Job.

But personal misfortune is not an excuse to spam, and in this case "Mark" sent to the spam to some randomly generated recipients that don't actually exist. That sort of thing is very bad practice, and if you are trying to get donation sent to a PayPal account then it is a good way to get your account frozen.

1 comment:

Jim Bannon said...

I WILL PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR SELF-CENTERED OPINIONS.

SINCERELY HOPE YOU NEVER HAVE NEED FOR OTHER PEOPLE.

THE CHRISTIAN TRAINING ALLOWS FOLKS TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST INJUSTICE AND FACE ANY BARB TO BE HELPFUL AND CONTRIBUTE!