I have just received a whole load of emails that made no sense to me, at one of my email addresses.
They appear to all have one thing in common “lists.epwork.com”.
The first email was:
we are offering a big discount on all phpBB services from now till the end of this month .
contact us now and get 50% discount !!
email : sameh_nabil@ (ISP removed)
website : epwork.com
This was followed by 9 emails from other people/companies, who all seemed to be replying to that first email, but I was getting the replies ???
The IP address that the original email came from was 188.8.131.52, no spam activity was found on the major spam databases, and the address seems to be in Canada.
A bit of checking found the owner of the website, in May 2009, trying to value these websites: EPwork.com, iKeve.com, Eippl.com.
Two hours after the first post began, I then received this email from the original sender:
We – eprowk.com – are very sorry for the problem that have occurred and result in sending some undesirable emails
so please to unsubscribe from this mailing list press this link :
we provide paid services to phpBB forums owners , we will begin to send tips and useful lessons to whom is interested
thank you for understanding .
sameh_nabil@ ISP REMOVED
I don’t like to un-subscribe to anything that I haven’t subscribed to in the first place, so I am not game to do that.
However, although at first I did think it was just spam, I now feel that they stuffed up somehow, and pretty badly, with using a mailing list, for their spam, that somehow ‘maybe’ added our email addresses to all replies made by the recipients of the original email.
Hence me, and probably others, receiving copies of all the replies being sent to the original sender.
One of those replies, included the words:
Seeing as how I never even opened you email I find that hard to fathom.
Congratulations – you are now on a black list.
Have a nice day.
That did make me smile, but I just hope that it is only the original sender, and not the innocent receivers, that is blacklisted.
I will also put a block on that email address: sameh_nabil@ as I also don’t really want any more contact from them.
They say that they work with phpBB boards, and I set one up yesterday, but not with them, and, as far as I can tell, I have never joined their email list.
For the non computer literate, I should point out one thing; by replying to their last email, using the UNSUBSCRIBE option, you actually end up giving them your default email address, and not necessarily the email address that they sent their email to.
SPAM annoys me.
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