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Why am I doing this?
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The Final Straw
This is the email including headers:
It's classic stuff.
Someone on a dial-up connection to dialinx.net (Genuity), forging a Yahoo address and abusing a service in Belgium to spamvertise a website.
Spammers are sociopaths. They have a complete contempt for society, for other people's resources. They will happily abuse an improperly protected mailserver in a hospital, a school or a business. They spew millions of unwanted emails at no cost to themselves.
People with whom I have discussed this spam were universally disgusted by it. None of them were surprised by it.
Like most spams, the email does not in itself identify the spammer, SO:
Who are the spammers?
Received: from riker.skynet.be (riker.skynet.be [18.104.22.168])
by <munged> with ESMTP id FAA18300
for <munged>; Wed, 12 Sep 2001 05:28:38 -0700 (PDT)
Received: from deadbert.skynet.be (deadbert.skynet.be [22.214.171.124])
by riker.skynet.be (8.11.6/8.11.6/Skynet-OUT-2.12) with ESMTP id f8CCSGS04953;
Wed, 12 Sep 2001 14:28:16 +0200 (MET DST)
Received: from wilo.wilo.be (217-136-254-46.skynet.be [126.96.36.199] (may be forged))
by deadbert.skynet.be (8.11.2/8.10.2) with ESMTP id f8CCT4D02107;
Wed, 12 Sep 2001 14:29:04 +0200 (MET DST)
Received: from 188.8.131.52 (PPPa55-ResaleOmaha1-1R7240.dialinx.net [184.108.40.206]) by wilo.wilo.be with SMTP (Microsoft Exchange Internet Mail Service Version 5.5.2650.21)
id SWXYA87Z; Wed, 12 Sep 2001 14:27:48 +0200
Subject: Help for the Red Cross and the victims of our Nations tragedy
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2001 04:23:53 -0500
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<title>Express Relief Fund</title>
<p>Express Relief Fund. <br>
A combination of relief funds are available for you to send donations to.<=
Red Cross:<a href=3D"http://www.freewebco.net/viacream/SurvivorFund.html">=
Victims Survivor Fund. This will go to a combination of victim survivor fu=
nds equally disbursed. <br>
<a href=3D"http://www.freewebco.net/viacream/SurvivorFund.html">Click here=
Thank you for your help and support.<br>
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Note: <munged> means that I have removed details of the particular one of my addresses to which the spam was sent.