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Web Stalkers
Chapter 13 - Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam

Why Does Spam Exist?

Likewise, some people truly enjoy reading e-mail even if it is for products or services they do not want or need.  The truth is that most people do not like 99% of the e-mail they receive on a daily basis.  For them, wading through spam is a waste of time and increases their risk of becoming the victim of a scam or being infected with a computer virus.  The following section presents ideas on how the war against spam can be waged.

So, assuming a person considers themselves to be one who is among the vast majority of people who detest spam, then what can be done to prevent it?  Some common spam fighting techniques are presented in the following section.

Fighting Spam

Many people have experienced the difficulty of wading through a deep quagmire of e-mail messages to find the one message that really matters.  Unfortunately, the volume of spam alone has caused many to miss those few important messages.  This has become a serious problem for the e-mail user.  So what does one do to rectify this ever-growing problem?


Back in the ancient Internet days of the late 1980’s, many computer users fought back.  One user suffered considerable indignation when he received his first unsolicited message, and since most Internet users were technically savvy back then, he decided to retaliate.

There were no Internet laws back then, and this user would respond by fighting spam with spam.  He developed a tiny script he called “spamboy.”  He would use this script to respond to unwanted spam.  The script sent the message “The seeds of greed bear bitter fruit” one million times to the person who sent him the spam.  This would clog their e-mail server and make their systems administrator very angry.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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