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    I signed up with spedia, a horrible company, when I just started out and was trying to make a fortune by doing nothing on the web. I can't even remember exactly what they do, but I do know the download of their web bar gave me a virus.

    Over time, I've gotten a bunch of e-mail from people who have different return e-mail addresses, but I know they got the list from spedia because I used spedia@mydomain.com for my sign up address. Now, I've started getting some sick porn e-mail (incest, rape, etc.).

    The person(s) uses a different e-mail address each time and cloaks it. It's an affiliate site because when I went to the site to get the IP address of it, it showed an affiliate's ID.

    I reported one of them to a report porn sherrif's site, but as far as I can tell nothing has been done. This stuff is really sick and perverted. Is there anything I can do to stop this creep? Anyone else I can report him to?

    I sent an e-mail to spedia asking them to put a stop to it and said that I would report them to their web host if they did not, but I'm sure that went into the black hole with the rest of the e-mail they get (I sent over 15 e-mails asking them to remove me from their list and nothing happened.)

    What can I do? Anything?

    Thanks.

    Kip

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    At this point your best option is to get a new email address. It's a pain to do but your problem will only get worse. When you get a new address and get spam NEVER unsubscribe- this only validates your address. Best bet is not even to open any email from an unknown source. Opening mail can also confirm your address. Just delete. Good luck.

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    report it? the pron part of it doesn't sound illegal, but IANAL.. The spam part may be and you can report that to spamcop, etc.

    In any case. <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>but I know they got the list from spedia because I used spedia@mydomain.com<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    So, it sounds like you (smartly) set this up as a trash email for spedia only (knowing they were a little shady..) Why not just trash that address then? route it to /dev/null, bounce it, whatever.

    IIRC, spedia was yet another GPTS program with a bar...seems they did have something unique over the other programs but I can't recall what.

    JM.. hoping that pron is not made illegal !

    Good Luck. Spam Sux, I sure get enough of it. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]

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    Signup for a e-mail account at www.spamcop.net and most of it will cease. Even the spammers like most ISP have black lists.

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    Sounds like the best bet is to trash the email account. It doesn't sound like you have any legit mail coming to that addy anyway. If you don't have access to your mail at the server level (one of my hosting companies doesn't allow this), then just do it from your email client and automatically delete all mail coming to spedia@yourdomain.com. Even if you tracked the porn site down, it's probably coming out of singapore or somewhere where there is no jurisdiction.

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    If your e-mail program has filtering you can probably filter out most of it by either filtering the senders domain, or filtering our words in subject or message body.

    e.g. i use Incredimail and can say to delete from server any messages containing XYZ in subject or title. Never even reaches my desktop. There are some free programs that can do this too, but cannot remember any URLs.

    At least you could save the e-mail address. As a last resort, trash it.

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    First, Kip....smart move on using their name in the e-mail address...I do this all the time to see who is selling my info off, and it works very well [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    Secondly, as pointed out, set up a filter for that e-mail address to delete any mail to that address from the server. One thing that I experimented with on one of my e-mail addressess (and it seems to be working) is an auto-responder...sort of...the mail to this addressess forwards to mailerdeamon@mydomain.com...then the autoresponder kicks in. First, it looks like a bounce to them...secondly, the message in the responder is rather threatening about the spam. It's along the lines of 'Because of the amount of spam coming to this domain this address is no longer valid. Secondly, because you are a spammer, your e-mail has automatically been forwarded to your ISP for investigation. We have also decided to block all mail from your IP block to our users, meaning that not only you, but anyone on a server in your network can no longer send mail to our users.'
    That isn't the exact text, but you get the idea...
    Surprisingly enough, the spam to this one address went down by around 50%, and I also received e-mails from their ISP's asking why their users are being blocked (they really aren't...I don't stop my users from getting mail). I explain the situation to them, and all is good [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    Excellent suggestions all. Thank you. I will block the e-mail, bounce it back with the spam note and report these guys to SpamCop.

    I guess my question was more towards can I turn these guys in to someone and if so who on the legal authority side, not the spam side?

    I'm not against pron at all. As far as I'm concerned, anything goes between two consenting adults. But I draw the line at people having and/or promoting these types of sites that use kids and that's what at least one of these is doing (I didn't check out the others.) Whatever small part I can do to make these guys lives a little harder I want to do.

    Thanks.

    Kip

    [edited b/c I can't spell]

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    Kid, ugh. Sorry, I thought you were talking about normal, legal consenting adult type pornography, nothing illegal. By all means I agree that should be stopped.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Sorry, I thought you were talking about normal, legal consenting adult type pornography, nothing illegal. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    When I was a little girl that sort was illegal, too.

    I'm sure it would be highly politically incorrect for me to air my views on porn, so I will not.

    Beam me up Scotty, there's no intelligent email left on the planet.

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    Kip,
    Sorry about that...I though you were talking about 'adult'...Did not know that it was child. I would contact the authorities about it...drop a phone call to your local guys, and if they can't help, just keep moving up until you reach the FBI. I can send you some resources if you would like on who to talk to, etc.

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    That would be great. Thanks Tom. I went back last night and found the site had been pulled so it looks like someone was able to close this slime down (at least for now). It would be great though if I could have that information available later if I ever do need it again. I really, really hope I don't though.

    What disgusts and horrifies me even more about this incident is that someone would actualy sign up for an affiliate program for this kind of site.

    Kip

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