I got fed up today with one particular spammer who just wouldn’t leave me alone (work). Three to four emails per day from a few domains. I got mean, aggressive, and nasty after a few reasonable attempts to stop it. I did research and found the perpetrator. I sent off this email:
From: Eric A. Seiden
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2009 13:24
Cc: ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’, email@example.com
Subject: MASSIVE SPAM ATTACK FROM YOUR USER: Obama & Small Business: Understanding the Opportunity
We’re getting inundated and it’s your user. Please stop them. They do not respond to voice mails or anything. Cancel their damn account. The ads are for and link to “www.fedgovbookstore.com” and we’re getting tons of them here EVERY FEW HOURS. I’ve tried calling voice to resolve it, but they don’t return calls at the number on the website. They’ve sent hundred from “Chris Stewart” at this stupid email. I got so frustrated I even tried their unsubscribe link which is a sham and (obviously) doesn’t work. My real contact info is below. They also send the same ads from “fedgovanswers.com” — the companies share a phone number and their emails refer to both domains.
This domain is registered to these people but this number is disconnected: Sandra Long Consulting
509 S. Exeter Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
410-659-7400 Fax — (410) 659-7483
If you want more, she’s been involved in other possibly illegal activities (COURT DOCKET HERE): http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/decisions/html/2007/d2007-1226.html I’ve done all you work, you just need to cut her and ALL her domains off. Make it easy and avoid legal action.
(And for the record, we certify we do not know these scumbags, have never contacted or registered with or done business with them or any of their related scummy companies. They are the lowest form of life.)
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Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2009 09:12:30 -0800
From: “Chris Stewart” < email@example.com >
Subject: Obama & Small Business: Understanding the Opportunity
(The “DELETED” notes in the headers are MY email address which I’ve removed because I am not an idiot.)
So, here’s where it gets fun. I got a phone call from Ms. Long 🙂 who says she got my e-mail on her Blackberry. Her first question was “is anyone listening on the line?” I kid you not; that is surely the sign of a fine, upstanding citizen. I told her no and she said she didn’t have her lawyer on the line. As if I cared. I explained to her that her company ignored a nice unsubscribe request in violation of the CanSpam act, and that they also don’t return nice phone calls. Indeed, I left a firm but polite message as well as a far less polite one a day later. If it wasn’t so petty, I’d leave a vulgar one. I’m sure she gets those too.
I kept calling her a spammer and she said I was being slanderous. The truth, lady, isn’t slander.
Sending unsolicited emails (spam) without valid contact information and valid unsusbcribe address is illegal. That makes you a criminal AND a spammer. She threatened me with her lawyer (bad move) because I shouted her down loudly enough that my fellow office mates came to my door to see what was going on. I did not resort to any name-calling though she richly
deserved it. She kept calling herself a businesswoman and I did correct her to spammer each time. She then suggested I has asked to be included, which is, of course, laughable.
I told her to get me off her lists or this would get much worse for her. She really has no idea who she fucked with. No idea. I will use our company’s very, very expensive lawyers to make her very, very poor. I am also going to continue to pursue her hosting company and her spam-server company. I am also filing a formal complaint with the FTC.
This is a challenge because she indicates she is a legitimate business doing business in a legitimate way. Legitimate businesses are not in repeated violation of the law, do not hide their contact information, do not participate in domain squatting (see e-mail above for case), return phone calls, do not lie, and say the things she did. Perhaps you wish to Google her and learn all about her. You can find all about her. Be careful, though there’s more than one Sandra Long in Baltimore. She’s the political one.
She will not be the first spammer I’ve brought down. When she spammed my well protected work e-mail address, she crossed a line. She was asked nicely to stop and she decided the law didn’t apply to her. For the record, several people have been ARRESTED and INCARCERATED for violation of the CanSpam Act. One example: on January 16, 2006, Jeffrey Goodin, 45, from California was convicted by a jury in in Los Angeles in United States v. Goodin, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and on June 11, 2007 he was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison. I hope she joins him. (Though the fact she did try to tangle with Mr. Trump, made me smile a little bit. Half-credit for at least being scummy towards her kindred spirit.)
Since she’s threatened me with a lawyer, I wish to say “bring it on” and reiterate that — as I said to her — “I will run your ass up a tree.” Because, honey*, I promise you, I will.
*This said in a deliberately condescending voice.