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Re: How do you stop outgoing spam?
- From: David Charlap
- Date: Wed Sep 11 12:51:06 2002
Brad Knowles wrote:
Then do what hotels do to avoid this problem.
Do you know how many credit cards are out there? Do you know how
many of them are fake or stolen? You can't even get a decent charge
that you can reliably apply to them, because the bank at the other end
will refuse payment from a non-existent or closed account.
B) KNOW WHO THE HELL YOU'RE GIVING ACCOUNTS TO so that (A) works. Get
a credit card or verify the phone number and other info (e.g., call
them back, insist on calling them back.)
When you are given the card number and info, you contact the bank and
put a hold on the account for the expecte amount of the bill. When the
bill actually comes due, you put the charge through. You know that the
charge will succeed because the bank is already holding that amount.
If the card is stolen, bogus, overdrawn, etc., then you won't be able to
place the hold. In which case, you reject the application.
CyberCafe's can't use (B), even if it did work. That would violate
their basic premise.
What basic premise? Free anonymous access? That's new to me. Every
one I've seen charges for access. They can easily require charge cards
in advance, and place holds on them, in order to identify stolen cards
and criminal users. And once a known-valid card is in hand, it can be
used to directly impose penalty charges on those that violate the cafe's
AUP (which should exist and have no-spamming/no-hacking clauses.)
If customers don't want to use charge cards, they can require a large
cash deposit up-front, just like the video rental stores do if you try
to get a membership without a charge card.