View Full Version : I have a new pet peeve!!!!
04-27-2001, 10:09 PM
I have been getting TONS of emails on my hotmail account for penis growth and worse I block sender each time, but my daughter also has a hotmail account and has been getting them too.
To whom can I complain to or should I just continue to block them before anyone can see them??????????
04-27-2001, 10:13 PM
Just forward them all to Packfan or the troll of your choice. :D
I have been unsuccessful in the past, trying to block e-mails, although I am not getting too much junk right now. To me, it seems to be related to entering sweepstakes and other stuff on-line. They get your email address from there and sell it to others. It seems an unfair penalty to pay for exploring the web.
04-27-2001, 10:18 PM
I just got a new one as I typed this. It was from a "wetmelissa"
This is just too much !!!!
04-27-2001, 10:21 PM
You might ask your provider for help/advise. I no longer have AOL, but I think you could forward undesired mail to some "administrator" and request blocking. Other providers may offer similar assistance.
04-27-2001, 10:24 PM
Thank you , I am going to persue this!!!!!
04-27-2001, 10:35 PM
If you close most of your porn accounts, maybe they will go away.
04-27-2001, 10:38 PM
I don't know why I keep getting them. I can block sender but what really gets me riled up is my 9 year old daughter getting them on her account!
That P@#$%@ me off!!!!!
Since Hotmail is the largest email provider, those who use it are most likely to be solicited. I think it is especially true if you base your email address on a common name, which many people (including myself) do.
Names like ElvisGrbac@hotmail.com, tGonzalez@hotmail.com, firstname.lastname@example.org are easy to guess and therefore are blindly spammed by advertisers.
My recommmendation: Make your email address impossible to guess. You can do that in 2 ways.
1) chose some messed up name like email@example.com
2) don't use a big email provider like hotmail, yahoo, netscape, etc. There are lots of places that will give you an email address, most of which are much smaller than hotmail, therefore are less likely to become targets of spam (obscene or otherwise).
Some examples ...
and the name I bet your daughter would *love* to have... underwriters.com
I would recommend to the BBAdmin that they might want to setup free email accounts using ChiefsPlanet.com.
04-28-2001, 12:10 AM
Pam - I feel your pain, I have trouble finding actual emails in my hotmail account.
I've never received penis growth email. How do they know?
04-28-2001, 07:13 AM
I too often wondered how your penis could grow via e-mail but then saw the obvious and decided to forgo the cheap laugh :D
04-28-2001, 12:22 PM
Based on my own experience with spam:
1. Close your Hotmail account. It's a magnent for spamers and Microsuck makes money selling your name, accont, and info.
2. Open a Yahoo account. I've gotten a total of two spams in 4 years of use of my Yahoo mail account. The block sender option on Yahoo actually works as well.
3. Establish two cyber identies. Your real account, name, etc is to be used only with friends and known associates. The other identity is to be used when registering, providing contacts for contests, etc. The 2nd account can be brought up, quickly scanned, and a bulk delete done without poluting your real stuff.
4. Change your browser settings to warn you of incoming cookies. Also go to cnet.com and download cookie/spyware scanning software. Spamers <b>love</b> to put cookies and spyware on your drive. If your browser warns you before accepting a cookie you can refuse it. And the scanning software will give you a report of cookies/spyware that <b>has</b> found it way to you when you run it. (boot up for me)
Note: manual accepting cookies can be a pain and may not be your cup of tea, but it is fascinating to know who and where your cookies are coming from.
04-28-2001, 12:26 PM
Chuck - I have always used two email accounts.
However, I will try yahoo now that you mention it, I am tired of the spam on hotmail.
04-28-2001, 02:05 PM
There are lots of ways your email can be given out. However, with regard to Hotmail, it appears to be a huge problem.
If I recall correctly there were some security issues with Hotmail some time ago where it was possible to access the servers and obtain the mail accounts. Don't know whether that was fixed or not.
Also, if your email is on your web site, then it can be easily spidered and put on mailing lists. This latter method was my biggest problem. So I created a hotmail account for my web pages and let all the junk mail go there.
I also did as has been suggested earlier, go with a little known ISP and get your email account there. My "real" email account, for families and friends, is not available for games, quizzes, prizes, awards, software downloads, or purchases. You never know what they will do with the info or where your email will end up.
Lastly, don't forget about "spyware" which gets put on your system by "providers" of content, such as Real Player, and watches how you use the Internet and reports back. A good package to check your system for spyware is AdAware from Lavasoft (www.lavasoft.de).
Hope this helps...
04-28-2001, 10:53 PM
Thanks for all the advice guys. I will do some changes!!!!!!!
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