The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Wednesday, June 05, 2002

Getting back at Chinese spammers

The other day I recieved a piece of spam. Nothing spectacular, no jewel cartels, no ex-girlfriends, no marijuana and no pleas for help from timetravellers. Nope, just your ordinary porn spam.

Only it was to my private email address—the one that until now was spam free.

I want to make sure the person that sent this out pays.

So I start tracking headers, and well, it seems to come from China, which means there isn't a whole lot I can do. Or is there? This is what I sent back to the spammer and various upstream providers (including the one in China):

This is unsolicited spam. Please remove me from your list promptly. To the others I have carboned on this message: the user is a spammer and I did not request to receive this email, nor do I wish to receive such email, nor do I want the products advertised herein. A copy of the full email follows.

Thank you.

[headers removed—nothing important here]

Hello I am your Falun Gong instructor.
I am the one you dream About,
I will train you in the ways of Falun Gong, for it is my life,
Love to talk about and any subject.

Falun Gong is my way of life,
Ultimate in exercise.

I am ready for you.

It is not yoru looks but your determination that matters most,
With My teaching skills I can make your dream come true…

Hurry up! call me let me instruct for you…………….

TOLL-FREE: 1-877-451-8336

For phone billing: 1-900-993-2582


Falun Gong being an illegal religion in China. I hope the spammer doesn't mind me changing the message a bit.

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