Spam Solution - Spamtraps

One of the problems with spam is that the mailing lists are built by computers with no regard for whether the addresses even actually exist. One way of countering this is to place "landmines" into the mailing lists.

This can be accomplished by placing spamtrap addresses on your web site. These addresses must never be used for anything other than clearly designated spamtraps.

The basic idea is that when you designate a spamtrap, you are agreeing that any spam that arrives there is worth investigating and potentially pressing charges against the spammer. At the minimum, you are saying that you will follow up and insist that the spammer demonstrate, in a legally acceptable way, how they obtained the address.

It is this threat of real, enforceable, legal action that makes the spamtrap into a 'landmine'. It will force spammers to be more careful about where they get their lists of email addresses. Failure to do so could result in real legal consequences.

This page maintained by Rob (at ewan dot com, of course).