SPAM...are you getting more.

Discussion in 'TCG News & Gossip Discussion' started by NoPoke, Dec 1, 2003.

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  1. NoPoke

    NoPoke Active Member

    Well I don't want this to be a poll but would like to find out if others are experiencing the same...

    In times past.. Wotc published a private email address of mine on their prof pages.. that particular email address is now useless due to the 100's of spams it recieves every couple of days :(

    Well a new clean email address of mine has been published by PUI on their PROF PaGES and I'm begining to see a rise in spam to that address. :(

    Any other profs noticing this effect?

    If there are several of us maybe we can lobby PUI to change the published emails to a system like that used on these very boards where emails can be sent but the address remains hidden.

    Are there SPAM-PROOF email systems out there? It won't take much spam to break my Hotmail address :(
  2. Tego

    Tego New Member

    I regret deeply that I gave Wizards my personal address, I didn't expect it to get on a public list like that. I guess hundreds of spam-bots have captured it.

    I have 2 different spam/junk filters and still get 10-20 in my inbox each day. With the sorted ones, it will be at least 80 a day.
  3. P_A

    P_A Active Member

    I too have been getting quite a lot of junk mail as well, but whether it was due to giving my address to Wizards or Nintendo, or not I have no clue. Chaces are that none are relevant to the current rise of the spam tide. But then again, I'm sure NoPoke's suggestion would be a good idea, any measures to keep email addresses private would be good.
  4. babayaga

    babayaga New Member

    The simple technique of breaking up an email address works well to keep 'bots from harvesting the addresses when they are posted on a website. One simply replaces the @ symbol with "at" and separates each part with a space. [email protected] becomes jane at or even jane at doe dot com . People can read them and type them in. There is a small decrease in convienence because the links aren't clickable but most people can figure it out.

    We can all request PUI to take this step to combat harvesting, which I'm sure violates their site use guidelines anyway.
  5. NoPoke

    NoPoke Active Member

    babayaga I used that anti spam format and the result was ProfDave had difficulty in sending me my POP ID. So I swapped to a conventional email address and hey presto NEW SPAM. So I'm back to something cryptic once more.
  6. DaytonGymLeader

    DaytonGymLeader New Member

    I get so much spam anyway that I don't notice. I'm using a really effective spam filter called SpamBayes and don't even see it. It only works with Outlook clients (sorry, no Outlook Express support) and needs a bit of training, but 99.5% effective.
  7. OMGyrachu

    OMGyrachu New Member

    i just have filters i set in my yahoo account that delete emails containing "unsibscribe", "viagra", "excuisite russian brides", and other such words that are common in spams but rare in real emails, also having an 'allow list' of emails is useful if spam gets really really bad. last week i opened my inbox and found 165 emails in my bulk mail box and 53 in my inbox >_<
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2003
  8. Baboon

    Baboon New Member

    I don't get that much spam... But it's still annoying...
    I used to get significant porn emails, but now it's leaning more towards prescriptions. I don't know if I'd blame WotC or Nintendo for this, because honestly, your email address is probably in multiple locations, without you knowing.

    Spam should die. =\
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