[CH] off topic: UCE

Frank J. Hashek (pepperking@mindspring.com)
Tue, 26 May 1998 22:33:00 -0500

Most of us seem to have a strong dislike for SPAM.

Having had some success in battle lately, I offer the following:

Send a copy of the offending SPAM to the postmaster of any system through
which it has traveled, any ISP which could be the host of the offender or
any ISP which the mail replies are to be directed to.

These can be found in the body of the SPAM, or in the header (disclosed by
turning on the BlahBlah button in Eudora).  You can also go to
<http://www.rs.internic.net/cgi-bin/whois> and followup quickly on any
domains listed in the body of the SPAM to where you are to e-mail replies
or visit a website.  This will quickly disclose the host of the SPAMMER.

In your letter, use the multiple recipient option on your e-mail (to send
your forwarded SPAM and message to the postmasters of the domains you
believe to be involved) and be sure you have the header showing in the copy
to be forwarded.  Write a brief and courteous note stating that you have
been SPAMMED without your consent, and that it appears that the addressee's
domain was used by the SPAMMER, or was listed fraudulently in a fake
header.  Request that the postmaster inform the SPAMMER of their No SPAM
policy and if necessary to cancel the offending account.

This works!  I have had two SPAMMER'S accounts cancelled today. In
addition, one of the SPAMMERS used ucla.edu as a relay to SPAM from a
hotmail account.  UCLA is going after him and is also requesting (Microsoft
owned) hotmail to take action :-)

My attack on the SPAMMERS took less than 5 minutes total time, far less
than it took to write this message.

Back on topic, I have planted some 25+ plants from the Chile Woman, and am
pleased to report that all are doing well, despite my poor care of one
prior to planting.  Too many variteies to list, but Scotch Bonnet, several
Chiltepines, Rocoto, a few mole chiles and a few hab varieties are
included.  My favorite probably is Arrivivvi Orange a hot, crisp and juicy
pepper which I love raw (possibly other uses, but I eat them before I can
cook them).

May the bounty of El Grande bless all gardeners this season,