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AOL spamming policy?!?

  • From: Jakob 'sparky' Kaivo
  • Date: Tue Aug 18 17:51:22 1998

I've gotten this same message now from four different AOL users today.
Just wondering if anyone knows if this is just a group of people working
together to fight spam, or if AOL is doing this, sending e-mail from their
users without them knowing, or ... ???

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 1998 09:43:40 EDT
From: *** FROM DELETED ***
Subject: Polite Request

Dear Sirs

I have received Unsolicited Bulk E-Mail (UBE) apparently from
yourselves or from one of your direct or indirect customers.

I don't like it and would ask for your cooperation to put a stop to it.

Most of the UBE I receive looks dishonest to me. I am sure your company
isn't like that but you would do well to avoid using or permitting the
same methods as these "spammers" lest you be tarred with the same brush.

Also, you may be aware that a growing number of ISPs are taking
to blocking incoming mail from "spam" domains. I don't want that to
happen because I might lose legitimate mail and you might be


The original message then followed, and it turns out that I am getting
the mail because the spammer is trying to fake their host name, but it is
simple to look and see their real IP address and reverse DNS, so, no,
noone is spamming from my domain. I guess is a popular
domain name if you have no domain name. But that's beside the point.

| Jakob 'sparky' Kaivo        | |
| NoDomainName Networks       | |

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