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  1. #1
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    1,608 and postmasterdirect scammy tactics
    ( and postmasterdirect's illegal and misrepresentation tactics)

    first, sends out an email to your site's email subscribers (through their emails) falsely claiming to be the administrator of your website, in a carefully worded language that makes it appear that it is a requirement to opt in to their list.

    even when that doesn't bite, they send out marketing emails anyway, still claiming to represent your website, this time also claiming that the subscriber has opted in even though he has not.

    a second letter of complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is in the works.

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    2005 Linkshare Golden Link Award Winner  ecomcity's Avatar
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    I agree they're scumbags and professional spammers with no respect for their members. Just Adwhores doing their community drag queen skits to peddle e-mail addresses and privacy info.
    Webmaster's... Mike and Charlie

    "What have you done today to put real value into a referral click...from a shoppers viewpoint!"

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    Do you have a sample of the email you can post?

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    ABW Ambassador Andy's Avatar
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    I used to have a forum at and never realized how much spam E-mail I got until I closed the forum and moved it. Later I realized a lot of it must have come from harvesting E-mail details of forum members.



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    In the above sample, I changed my site's name to Mywebsite and my email username to Myemail.

    Please note the instances that Postmasterdirect is claiming to be Mywebsite itself:
    1. The Mywebsite address in the "From" field
    2. The Mywebsite name at the bottom of the email

    They are making it appear that the email solicitation came from Mywebsite and not from Postmasterdirect, and that Postmasterdirect is only a partner of
    Last edited by waytogo; October 5th, 2005 at 03:57 PM.

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    Then, in further emails, the following message is tucked in at the top of the spam email:

    "You elected to receive this third party message through the
    PostMaster Direct Service at"

    First of all, I did not click on the link they provided in previous emails, so electing to receive is definitely out.

    And second, by mentioning, they make it appear that is responsible for the spam messages.

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