My apologies to anybody who may have received (or may still be receiving)
spam e-mail from willus.com with links to porn sites (example below).
These are not
being sent by me, but by somebody who apparently picked my web site
(hopefully at random from a list of registered web sites)
to use in the "reply-to" field. On May 16-17, I received
over 1000 of these e-mails which bounced from or were refused by
I subsequently reported this case to my service provider,
and the FBI.
The letter I sent to the FTC is below.
If you run a spam filter which automatically bounces spam back
to the sender, you may want to re-think this policy. The bounced mail
can easily be routed to an innocent victim (my case being an example),
it adds to internet e-mail congestion,
and it rarely has the desired effect. I recommend that you set your program
to simply delete spam rather than bouncing it back to the sender.
LETTER TO THE FTC
The e-mail below is a spam e-mail that was sent to over 1000 addresses on
5-16-03. It used my website (willus.com) as a bogus return address, so I
received all of the e-mail bounces due to this perpetrator. The e-mail
header seems to indicate that the source was IP address 22.214.171.124.
This e-mail may still be getting sent. I do not know since my service
provider is now blocking the e-mail bounces from getting back to me.
(service provider prentice-internet.com)
SPAM E-MAIL w/BOGUS RETURN ADDRESS
Received: (qmail 28628 invoked from network); 17 May 2003 03:09:46 -0000
Received: from unknown (HELO i9aI8r) (126.96.36.199)
by server.iicinternet.com with SMTP; 17 May 2003 03:09:46 -0000
From: Kathryn <Kathryn@willus.com>
To: (name deleted to protect privacy)
Subject: You've been selected for this offer.
Date: Fri, 16 May 2003 20:50:43 -0500
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 5.50.4522.1200
I got nice sites here I think you should all check out!
Variety is the spice of life, why should you miss out?