OT - Re: Question,about email's
It would appear that your email address has been distributed to outside "vendors" without your written consent or with
the consent stated in the contract with your internet service provider (ISP). Or someone may have scanned various
public newsgroups to acquire valid addresses; since the Histonet is a publicly accessible group, they may have
scooped it up from here. These spammers are quite creative in getting addresses and effective in distributing their bulk
As an anecdotal personal experience, I've received mixed results with email distribution from a few ISPs over the last
seven years. I started with FlashNet (dial-up services) and rarely received spam. It was subsequently acquired by
Prodigy (dial-up services) during an ISP industry shakeout and the spam started to flow; ie multiple spam messages
daily. I have since switched ISPs to @Home (ATT broadband services) and have yet (7 months) to receive a spam
My guess is that your ISP (AOL from your message header) is not filtering bulk email adequately or are, in fact, selling
your email address to these unscrupulous companies. I do not have specific evidence of this occurring in your case (for
the AOL legal team, this is my disclaimer) so I can only recommend that you read the fine print of your contract and
follow up by perusing their most current privacy policies. Email addresses are one of an ISP's most valuable assets
since it is a direct link to real customers of cyberspace and a potential revenue stream for other products. It is a
common practice to sell email addresses just like residential home addresses and phone numbers; further, e-commerce
was in place to protect your business association may well be compromised when the company changes hands.
My suggestions to minimize spam:
1- complain to your ISP (visit their website to see how they handle spam, too)
2- filter your email with your own email software
3- change ISPs
4- visit www.junkbusters.com (an excellent resource on personal privacy)
9/23/2001 2:12:09 PM, Snobird75@aol.com wrote:
> Are other's on the histonet receiveing trash emails, like XX and emails
> about diet stuff and other XX trash to visit sites.
> I only use this email address for histonet and have never been in a chat
> room with this email address, but yet I still receive garbage.
> I just wanted to know if I was the only one.
> Sandi Miller
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