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I received an "illegal" SPAM e-mail


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#1 OFFLINE   STXJim

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Posted 16 August 2002 - 05:26 PM

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:

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#2 OFFLINE   Steve Mehs

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Posted 16 August 2002 - 05:34 PM

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

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Posted 16 August 2002 - 05:37 PM

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

#4 OFFLINE   gopherscot

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Posted 16 August 2002 - 05:41 PM

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 OFFLINE   MarkA

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Posted 16 August 2002 - 07:41 PM

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 OFFLINE   STXJim

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Posted 16 August 2002 - 09:14 PM

Originally posted by James_F
Yea, don't reply to him, or he'll know you have an active email address...


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 OFFLINE   MarkA

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Posted 16 August 2002 - 09:47 PM

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 OFFLINE   James_F

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Posted 16 August 2002 - 10:05 PM

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

#9 OFFLINE   PeterB

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Posted 17 August 2002 - 09:27 AM

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.

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Posted 17 August 2002 - 11:29 AM

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.
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#11 OFFLINE   DishDude1

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Posted 17 August 2002 - 04:55 PM

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 OFFLINE   MarkA

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Posted 17 August 2002 - 05:16 PM

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

#13 OFFLINE   James_F

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Posted 17 August 2002 - 05:22 PM

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.co...ns/toolbar.html

#14 OFFLINE   MarkA

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Posted 17 August 2002 - 05:31 PM

"Or use Mozilla... "

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

"Google Toolbar" Won't work with Mozilla:(

#15 OFFLINE   James_F

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Posted 17 August 2002 - 05:48 PM

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 OFFLINE   MarkA

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Posted 17 August 2002 - 06:23 PM

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 OFFLINE   James_F

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Posted 17 August 2002 - 06:31 PM

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

#18 OFFLINE   Karl Foster

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Posted 18 August 2002 - 09:39 AM

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.
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#19 OFFLINE   STXJim

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Posted 04 September 2002 - 10:03 AM

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 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 OFFLINE   mnassour

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Posted 04 September 2002 - 11:55 AM

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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