Recently I announced a mailing list via the "new-list" mailing list
run by the Internet Scout Project. Apparently, this spammer (see below)
is grabbing these announcements and feeding them to a form-mail generator
which then spams the list-owners in an attempt to glad-hand them into
allowing the membership of their mailing lists to spammed.
I think you can fairly well imagine what my response to this is.
> Subject: whitewater
> To: email@example.com
> Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999 19:52:31 -0800
> From: Quyen Lam <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> I am the marketing manager at Sift, Inc. ( http://www.sift.com ),
> and I match clients with email discussion/broadcast forums whose
> subscribers are interested in the survey topic or ad announcement
> a client wants to distribute. This approach to email advertising
> works to the benefit of all involved: list/forum owners, subscribers,
> and the business community. This explains its popularity.
> We are looking for forums that accept advertising to promote
> to our clients. Advertising takes many forms, according to what
> the list/forum owners feel comfortable. Do you allow for any form of
> commercial announcements on whitewater? Would you like to know
> more about ways of generating revenue to support your group?
> Are you looking for free list hosting or ad swap? Do you know of
> other lists interested in advertising that I could contact?
> Sift is involved with every aspect of email services and can help
> you in many ways, not necessarily advertising. Feel free to contact
> me either by phone or email.
> Warm regards,
> Quyen Lam
> Sift, Inc.
> (408) 541-7607