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We lie more in email than in person

People are more prone to lie over email than face to face.

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Having the same conversation

This morning I was reading a blog post about the failure of the congressional super committee. The author commented parties can’t reach an agreement if they’re not even having the same conversation. I realized this is just as true in email as it is in politics. All too often we’re not having the same conversation. […]

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More legal problems for Boris

Boris Mizhen is once again on the wrong side of legal action. This time it’s not as simple as Microsoft suing him for creating hundreds of thousands of accounts to try and game the spam scoring system. Instead, he seems to have run afoul of the FTC. This case isn’t obviously about email, but the […]

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Email lost a mighty advocate

Last night J.D. Falk passed away from stomach cancer. For those of us who were privileged to know him, it was not unexpected but it is still a sad day. CircleID has a memorial post up. I’ve known of JD since I started in email in the late ’90s. I had the privilege of meeting […]

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IP reputation and the bulk folder

I’ve spent much of today talking to various people about IP reputation and bulk foldering. It’s an interesting topic, and one that has changed quite a bit in the past few months. Here are a few of the things I said on the topic. Generally IPs that the ISP has not seen traffic from before […]

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Vetting customers

MAAWG has published a BCP for vetting new customers. This is the culmination of much work by a lot of people. One of the best things about the document is the discussion of how spammers attempt to hide their identity. All too often I’ve been called in by ESPs to help them identify how a […]

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Spam is not illegal

I was recently taken to task for claiming that unsolicited bulk email was spam. Spam is illegal and Spammers are criminal. Let’s not mess about with words here. Calling someone a spammer is inflamitory [sic]. I’m not arguing that sending unsolicited bulk email is anything other than bad. And that a lot of senders have […]

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Silly Saturday Spam

I couldn’t resist posting the newest Nigerian 419 showing up in my mailbox. Attn: Sir/Ma We are writhing to know if it’s true that you are DEAD? Because we received a notification from one MR. GERSHON SHAPIRO of USA stating that you are DEAD and that you have giving him the right to claim your […]

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Eleven – Eleven – Eleven

I’ve been hearing a lot of people wondering how many marketers were taking advantage of the “special” date today. I got two, and both managed to work in the number 11 into the offer. One offered 11 of their top selling products for $11 each. The other offered a fixed amount off a purchase, if […]

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More on Rove Digital

Brian Krebs has more on Rove Digital and the criminal connection to other scammers and spammers.

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