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Page history last edited by Andrew Alder 14 years ago

Just to make it quite clear

 

nobody is invited to send or forward anything at all to spamtrap2@yahoogroups.com

 

Everything in the archive is, therefore, ipso facto uninvited


Welcome to the spamtrap
    • PBWiki!

 

This is an extension of

 

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spamtrap2/

 

which is an experiment to see who spams

 

spamtrap2@yahoogroups.com

 

and how quickly.

 

Please don't forward spam messages you receive to this address! For two reasons:

 

  1. It messes up my experiment a little.
  2. It may expose your email address to further spam a lot.

 

If you want to share spam you've received, have a look at spamsewer.

 

Bear in mind that many of the addresses you see are falsified, and may belong to innocent parties.

 

All** email header information is essentially unreliable.

 

Some spam messages want you to reply to them, and these will use a genuine email address of course. But many others use false reply-to and other fields, harvested like the destination addresses from the web and other sources. These emails may be intended to:

 

* Get you to click on a link to a website.

 

* Get you to open an attached file that will install malware on your computer.

 

* Some may just be there as a smokescreen to try to baffle anti-spam measures.

 

So the moral is, just because someone's address appears on a spam email, that doesn't make them a spammer. In fact, if you've ever received spam email, then it's quite likely that someone else has received spam that claimed to be from you... and there's nothing you or they can do about it.

 

Other sites of interest

 

Other Yahoo! groups

 

Associated with this site:

 

  • spamtrap, the group originally set up in conjunction to this wiki. No posts please (see above). It was a bit slow starting, and after a few messages the flow seems to have stopped. It will be interesting to see whether it ever starts again, perhaps the spammers have an exclude list of their own, in which case I wonder how you get on it? And, does that mean that there's a high level of cooperation between spammers? All very interesting. Please do not post to it; As it says above, all posts to this group are unwelcome.

 

 

  • ICDF, one of the groups that inspired this one. Set up as a community group and never used, but listed in the Yahoo! directory, and first spammed just hours later. A growing collection of spam, about 30 a week at last count, good for a few laughs.

 

  • cyberchurch forum, where most posts are welcome, including spam (also subject of course to Yahoo! terms of service). It has a growing spam collection, and also some replies, as it's also a relatively safe place to reply to spam (again at your own risk - haven't you often been tempted?).

 

Deliberate spamtraps not associated with this site:

 

  • AllSpam Nothing but Spammers, Scammers and SUCKERS! If you're here, you're one or the other. Step into our parlor...
  • spam-update is a group to which spammers are invited to post their spam (an interesting logical quandry...)
  • letsspam letsspam ยท Lets SPAM - ADVERTISE HERE OR JUST PLAIN TALK YOUR ASS OFF another open invitation...!
  • evilmidknightbombersspamclub evilmidknightbomber's spam club - spam your ass off then come back and spam again

 

If you know of any other public archives of spam (either deliberate like spamtrap2 or accidental like ICDF), please post their URLs to spamtrap2-owner@yahoogroups.com or cyberchurchforum@yahoogroups.com and we'll add them to the list here

 

Heavily spammed groups

 

 

Groups without public archives

 

  • spamtrap has no connection to this site and has archiving turned off completely, I guess it's a bit-bucket.

 

Software, services, etc

 

  • SpamTrap is an email filtering service, with no connection to this site.

 

  • Google has lots more hits for spamtrap.

 

  • How to create a spamtrap, these guys are 'way ahead of me, but on a slightly different tack. They are talking about private spamtraps. Here we are looking at public spamtraps.

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