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Spam from this forum!

Okay, I've been heated with some of my replies lately here and someone has obviously decided to share my email address with spammers somehow.  Today I've had two emails in my Spam folder.  Don't know how it got there, because our emails here aren't supposed to be revealed, but it pisses me off and here it is verbatim to prove it came from here:

"RE: * The Business of Software - Users will hate Download.com
Audrey Graham was diagnosed with breast most cancers in 2003. Immediately after a mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and reconstructive operation, the Beaufort resident was thrilled to escape her problems for just a weekend getaway with other breast cancer sufferers and survivors on Lake Logan in North Carolina. oakley http://www.gallowayjapan.com/oakley.html
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This message was sent on behalf of jawyxdnzbg@gmail.com in response to your
discussion group message. Your email address has not been
revealed to the sender.
Your message: http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/default.asp?biz.5.854354.14#discussTopic854438"

The other email was similar but the body was just "understood that we were being variety of behind the 8ball from the up coming pair of matches."

Thanks to the scumbag here for sharing my email.
PSB136 Send private email
Sunday, August 18, 2013
 
 
I'm 99% certain no one has shared your email address, there's no way for that to happen. Email addresses aren't made public by the forum.

What you have there is a message sent through the forum. Someone clicked the email symbol next to your name and sent you a private message, these get delivered by the forum software in the format you've seen without revealing your address.

I've personally received at least one email like this recently. Hopefully this is just random rubbish from a human driven spam farm and they'll get bored and go away.

It'd be interesting to know how many other people have been getting these and what the volume has been. Is this any more serious than a message each every few days?

Unfortunately I don't know what we can do about it. If the problem turns out to be really serious we could get FogCreek involved and see if they can help but I'm guessing it's just one of those things we'll have to ignore.
Jonathan Matthews Send private email
Sunday, August 18, 2013
 
 
That's why I use an email address I've never checked in my life.
Bring back anon Send private email
Sunday, August 18, 2013
 
 
It shouldn't be that hard to create a bot that sent private messages through this message board. Not sure there is much you or we can do about it.

I've had a handful of these in the 8 or so years I have been on this formum. Nothing recently.
Andy Brice Send private email
Sunday, August 18, 2013
 
 
Yeah, it is just one of the "features" of being here. Just ignore it, like all other spam.
Scorpio Send private email
Monday, August 19, 2013
 
 
I got one about a day ago, first one I've ever had from BoS.

I've had direct emails from members before, never spam though.




AC
Reluctantlyregistered Send private email
Monday, August 19, 2013
 
 
I got this one today. First ever.

Australian Bankers Association main govt Steve Munchenburg instructed radio the banking institutions experienced a variety of things to weigh up.
A31506 http://www.chanel-discount.com/chanel-a31506pateturq-p-55.html

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This message was sent on behalf of piivcuw@gmail.com in response to your discussion group message. Your email address has not been revealed to the sender.

Your message: http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/default.asp?biz.5.854680.16
codingreal Send private email
Monday, August 19, 2013
 
 
Seems to be targeted to all, then.  I'm kind of relieved it's not just someone targeting me for my sarcastic reply about code signing certs.  Phew!  :)  BTW, I apologise to Ducknald Don for my comment about Internet Police.
PSB136 Send private email
Monday, August 19, 2013
 
 
Yep, I just checked the spam of my email and there was a spam via this forum, from just today.
Racky Send private email
Monday, August 19, 2013
 
 

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