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I don't spam.
I don't condone spam.
The spam did not come from adamwilt.com.
| You may have received unsolicited
email, a.k.a. spam, with an adamwilt.com return address on it.
I've been "joe jobbed" – spammer(s) are falsifying From: and Reply-To: mail headers to appear as if they come from adamwilt.com, i.e.,
From: "Sam Hammer" <email@example.com>No such users exist – all of these (and similar) eddresses are fictitious.
From: "Melanie Nash" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: "Lorrie Clifford" <email@example.com>
You may also receive spam from "firstname.lastname@example.org", because many of the spambots installed on unsuspecting users' PCs raid the mail programs' address books and use the names therein as "from" eddresses.
If you trace through the headers of the spam, you will see lines such as "Received: from adamwilt.com (184.108.40.206)", which invariably reference random, often nonexistent IP addresses, not the actual servers hosting my domain. Services like SpamCop can scan these headers for you, helping you determine where the spam originated from and letting you report the offender to the hosting ISP.
Aside from defaming my reputation, the spammers forging these fictitious eddresses are in violation of the US Federal CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 by "materially falsifying header information in multiple commercial email messages and intentionally initiating their transmission" (whether directly or by automated processes, often through "zombie programs" - spamming viruses infiltrated into the computers of unwitting victims).
You have several courses of action in dealing with this and other unwanted spam:
Contact me via email (but not about spam, please!)
Last updated 2009.03.04