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I received an "illegal" SPAM e-mail

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by STXJim, Aug 16, 2002.

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  1. STXJim

    STXJim Legend in my own mind

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    I just received this e-mail:

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    Subject: Satellite Cards
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    To member: stxjim
    From member: d*k*o*p
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    Hi. I appreciate your interest in Cable Descramblers and cable eguipment.

    If you are interested in a brand new DIGITAL CABLE DESCRAMBLER that decodes and receives ALL CHANNELS and is compatible with ALL "DIGITAL" and "ANALOG" CABLE SYSTEMS then please get back yo me.

    Thats right. This Descrambler works with DIGITAL cable.

    Let me know.

    John
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    This email was sent by an eBay member via eBay's email forwarding system.
    (then the rest of eBay disclaimer)
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    I have never bought anything "cable" ralated from eBay so why did he choose my address?
    When I saw the subject of this message I thought it was from someone here.
    This is the first SPAM I have ever received asking me to buy something illegal.
    I wonder why this guy would think that I would be interested in this? Especially since the only thing that I have bought off of eBay is motorcycle parts and DVDs.
    :shrug:
     
  2. Steve Mehs

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    Report this guy to the Ebay administration, Ebay frowns upon illegal cable and satellite tv equiptment
     
  3. James_F

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    Yea, don't reply to him, or he'll know you have an active email address...
     
  4. gopherscot

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    I don't know how they got my name but I received a similar advertisement. I can't remember the details as I deleted right away.
     
  5. MarkA

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    Just random spam. Best you can do is block the address, and ignore it. As others have said, I can agree the last thing you want is for them to know they've reached a real email address and aren't wasting their bandwidth.
     
  6. STXJim

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    Whew...Thanks for the advice James:
    I was just about to ask him for the specifications of this device and how much it cost.
    Thanks man;
    I almost made a mistake.:rolleyes: :lol: :D
     
  7. MarkA

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    Jim, many people send emails back to spammers asking to be removed from their mailing list. I'm sure this is what James was talking about. The spammers use these emails to confirm they aren't wasting their time and bandwidth by sending to non-existant addresses.
     
  8. James_F

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    Nah, didn't want Jim to get that order before I did! :D
     
  9. PeterB

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    I get about 2-3 of those a week, if not cable TV stuff, but access cards as well..all becuase ive bid on old DTV recievers before..sheesh.
     
  10. Mark Holtz

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    Heh heh heh. I'm working on a new SPAM information page that says EXPLICITLY that following the removal instructions may result in even more SPAM.
     
  11. DishDude1

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    speaking of spam, is there anyway to keep those annoying popup advertisements from coming up when you go to a website? To me that's worse than e-mail spam!
     
  12. MarkA

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    DishDude, either disable JavaScript, or get a "popup killer" program if you REALLY hate them.
     
  13. James_F

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    Or use Mozilla... :D

    The other good program to stop pop-up ads is the Google Toolbar... It has the ability to suppress the onload javascript function that most of the popup ads use, and its about the coolest browser add on ever...

    http://www.google.com/options/toolbar.html
     
  14. MarkA

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    "Or use Mozilla... "

    Nope, I use it. It supports JavaScript also - still get them.

    "Google Toolbar" Won't work with Mozilla:(
     
  15. James_F

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    Go to preferences and select "Advanced". Then choose "Scripts and Windows" and uncheck the "open unrequested windows" option. Then you won't have popup windows anymore in Mozilla. This doesn't work with Netscape....
     
  16. MarkA

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    Thanks James, I hadn't even noticed that!

    P.S. It's not called "Scripts and Windows", it's called "Scripts and Plugins". I hadn't even bothered to look there before! Thanks a million!
     
  17. James_F

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    I'm on a Macintosh right now... Thats what it says on the Mac... :shrug:
     
  18. Karl Foster

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    Back on the subject, when I receive e-mails like that (I have received a few over the past year), I immediately forward it to Directv and let them call or e-mail the individual back.

    Forward it to your local cable company's customer service. Even if you believe cable is evil, people aren't entitled to steal from them.
     
  19. STXJim

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    I just received this exact same SPAM again.
    Word for word.
    Except from a different eBay member and a different e-mail address.
    :shrug: :mad:
     
  20. mnassour

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    Anyone who bids in on any item in the Cable/Satellite area is going to get one of these. It's probably the same scammer under several different account names.

    Report ALL addresses to Ebay....death to these scammers!
     
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