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    spam, are members of this forum getting an inordinate amount?

    I am getting an inordinate amount of spam, much of it from Africa with offers of money and more recently, offers of sex. This being the only forum I participat e in I have to wonder why I am being the target and would like to know from othe r participants how they fare. I am aware that the word 'photography' has a porno connotation in some circles as you can readily verify from a google search. Tha nks

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    Old School Wayne
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    spam, are members of this forum getting an inordinate amount?

    define inordinate. I now use this email address for site only, but I used to use it on newsgroups, etc. I get 20-30 spams PER DAY on this account, 99 percent of them are from Korea. Moral: never use an address you want to remain spam-free on sites like this, or Usenet.

    (I dont think my spam problems originated here but I could be wrong)

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    aleatorist David R Munson's Avatar
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    spam, are members of this forum getting an inordinate amount?

    I get similar spam in moderate numbers, generally at least 15 messages per day. However, I don't get the spam on the email address I post with here. Rather, it's my hotmail.com address, which in ways is just asking to be spammed in that it's a hotmail address. On the odd occasion I do get spam at this address, I am absolutely ruthless about getting myself off of mailing lists, etc. and setting up filters if necessary to automatically delete messages from specific addresses and servers.

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    spam, are members of this forum getting an inordinate amount?

    It's not from this site. I get almost no spam, maybe 1 or 2 a WEEK.

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    spam, are members of this forum getting an inordinate amount?

    I don't get much, and none from other countrys. I also belong to two other forums.

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    spam, are members of this forum getting an inordinate amount?

    Anywhere your email ID shows up (usenet, independent forums, etc.) can be "mined" by software used by spammers looking for valid email addreses. You can set up your news reader and/or browser to promulgate a "phony" email address to these groups by including something such as "nospam" within the name and indicate this should be removed by any "real" responder. This will foil the "mining" software to a certain degree. Also, never click on the link titled something like: "click here to unsubscibe or stop these messages" as this will do nothing more than confirm your email address as valid to the spamnmer and he can then sell it for more money, i.e., confirmed addresses are worth 3 times unconfirmed addresses when spammers consolidate their lists for sale. Email filters work to certain degree also but they work mostly on the "sender" field which is routinely changed by high-volume spammers to get around this. It's a fact life.

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    spam, are members of this forum getting an inordinate amount?

    I had noticed an interesting thing with my hotmail account If you go to Options-personl profile, you will see, down near the bottom of the page three boxes. Somehow these were changed as I did not nor would not want to share my email address and personal info with others. Some other people here, university, have had the same thing happen. If you have hotmail you might want to check this out and correct it. After unchecking the three options, I noticed a small decline in spam.

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    spam, are members of this forum getting an inordinate amount?

    I too am getting a lot of this spam recently but not at thios email address. instead it arrives at me work email. I do sign onto this page through that account from time to time, but strangely I never receive the spam at this--home address. go figure! Good news is the labels are so crude one can delete them all quickly. Bob

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    spam, are members of this forum getting an inordinate amount?

    Hi all... me too I get a lot of spam which I hate... I dont' know yet how to stop them... but I kow for sure one of the way they find us... here it is...

    go to http://www.google.com/ and type in your email adress... simple as that...

    as the previoius post said... "it's a fact of life..." I would add..."very very sad...and horrible"

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    Old School Wayne
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    spam, are members of this forum getting an inordinate amount?

    what baffles me is this: Are there really people in this world stupid enough to even read spam, let alone but something because of it? Sadly, the answer must be yes, or it wouldnt pay for there to be so much spam in the world. I'm amused because 99% of my spam is in a language I cant even read

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