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    ABW Ambassador John Kruger's Avatar
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    I am about fed up....
    Some from this IP address is signing me up for all kind of offers online:

    68.255.27.214

    I traced it back to ameritech, and spoke with their technical support, but nobody seems to have the authority to do anything.

    Anyone have any suggestions?
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    According to http://www.geobytes.com/IpLocator.htm?GetLocation that IP is in Chicago. Not that that narrows it down much...



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    I'd be more concerned about the possibility of identity theft.

    I bet that if you contacted Ameritech's legal department and mentioned that you believe an employee is impersonating you online, that'd get the attention of someone with some real clout.

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    I'm curious how you got the IP address and how you determined it is Ameritech.

    Is the email address they used to sign you up publicly displayed anywhere on the Internet?

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    Dnsstuff will tell you who owns an IP address:

    http://www.dnsstuff.com/tools/whois.ch?ip=68.255.27.214

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowman
    I'm curious how you got the IP address and how you determined it is Ameritech.
    In a command (DOS) window, type nslookup 68.255.27.214
    This is an Ameritech DSL subscriber. Could be anyone...



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    See if you can get any log information (time, etc) from whoever they apply to, and call the ISP on the phone. This isn't a support issue, it's a legal issue and support should escalate the complaint.

    That's why ISPs have to keep records, for legal reasons. Another recourse is to report "identity theft" to the authorities and let them dig out the information, or provide them with whatever you can get.

    I once had to get on the phone to a web host's upline provider because they refused to do anything about a DMCA complaint, either by email or phone. They said to "contact a lawyer" about the site owner that did the infringement, so I went to Alabanza.

    BTW, are those leads someone is getting paid for?

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    It could be at least two things: either it's someone whom you ticked off getting some petty revenge, or it's simply a spammer falsifying headers to look like they came from you and their hit list includes mailing list subscriptions.

    I suspect it's simply the latter. It's quite common; I'd be surprised if you don't have several friends who've encountered the same thing.
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    Aren't most DSL IP Addresses static or at least semi-static?

    It might take legal action to get the ISP to turn over records.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelColey
    Aren't most DSL IP Addresses static or at least semi-static?
    It might take legal action to get the ISP to turn over records.
    It would certainly take a court order to acquire that type of info. An ISP wouldn't just give it out on request.
    The average DSL subscription IP is dynamic, even though it may not change for many months. Static IPs are usually optional at a higher cost. I speak from experience...



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    We had a number of companies calling us, saying we signed up on their website for more information. Unfortunately, my wife never wrote down the companies. The last one I finally asked who was doing this, they gave me the IP address, but I never thought to ask what website it came from. I am guessing this was someone padding their leads for pay.

    I did get someone at Ameritech who said they would take care of the problem. They also gave me an email address to report the issue to their legal department.

    It was just annoying, and possibly petty revenge for pranks I may have played on someone....BTW, I love pranks. I had a few 'friends' fill my van with packing peanuts last fall.
    Respectfully,

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