Several of you have emailed me about a spam message you’ve received with the subject line:
I have also received that spam message. The company sending it out, www.trafficbbs.com, is spamming – they have nothing to do with me. Apparently they’re harvesting addresses from blog comments. I will attempt to get them to stop but I don’t have high hopes. The company slogan is:
Offer you great data of 50,000+ search engines & 120,000+ BBS!
Present you to a magic world of instant & effective online communication!
And there’s no phone number on the web page. Just a fax number.
These things happen all the time. The best defense is to not use your email address anywhere on the web. As long as a page is publicly accessible, a spammer can harvest the addresses.
Since most of the time they use automated programs to do the harvesting, it’s possible to use a human readable address that confounds the robots. Something like:
leo at (die spammers die) leoville.com
I’m sorry that that’s necessary, but that’s the way of the web, alas.