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Criminals of the Internet

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In this essay on issues of Spam, we look at the characteristics of the types of people who indulge in Spam activities, and we ask if those characteristics are descriptive of other types of people in the population. The following items provide a list of practices that Spammers engage in when Spamming.

Spammers Appropriate Other Peoples' Resources to Deliver Spam.

Spammers Go to Great Lengths to Conceal the Origins of Their Spam.

Spammers Go to Great Lengths to Conceal their Identities.

Spammers Go to Great Lengths to Conceal their Locations.

Spammers host their web sites and send their Spam with Spam-friendly ISPs or in Spam-friendly countries.

The “products” touted by Spammers are more often than not useless, fraudulent, don't work, or are simply illegal.

Spammers Appropriate Other Peoples' Resources to Deliver Spam.

Whenever possible, Spammers make use of what are known as “Open Relays” to Deliver Spam. An open relay is an Internet mail server that will relay mail from any other Internet location to any other specified location. In almost all cases, the owner of the open relay may not even know that their system is being mis-used to transmit illicit E-Mail. The Spammers, therefore, are illicitly employing other peoples' resources — with neither their knowledge or consent — for Spam delivery. The Spammers, are, therefore, stealing — just like petty criminals.

Spammers Go to Great Lengths to Conceal the Origins of Their Spam.

Spammers go to great lengths to create confusion as to where their junk E-Mail originated. They forge the headers of the E-Mail. They encode or encrypt the bodies of the E-Mail messages. They obfuscate the URLs of web sites referenced in the Spam. They must have a reason for trying to conceal their origins — precisely the kind of behaviour one associates with petty criminals.

Spammers Go to Great Lengths to Conceal their Identities.

Spammers go to great lengths to conceal their real identities. Some well-known Spammers have ten or more noms de keyboard. What kind of people maintain multiple identities? Espionage agents, or petty criminals?

Spammers Go to Great Lengths to Conceal their Locations.

Spammers go to great lengths to provide no way to know where they are. Telephone numbers for which no information is available. FAX numbers that bear no relationship to where the Spammers live. No street addresses or telephone numbers. No E-Mail addresses or web sites. One well-known Spam gang has a post office box in New York State. No telephone number. No business license. The Better Business Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce have never heard of the outfit. The Spam gang do not even live in New York State, but actually live (address unknown) in Quebec. Surely, only criminals need to cover their tracks like this.

Spammers host their web sites and send their Spam with Spam-friendly ISPs or in Spam-friendly countries.

Spammers go to great lengths to find Spam-friendly ISPs or even Spam-friendly countries. A good example concerns a mortgage company with a telephone number that refers to Napa Valley, California (“ . . . leave your name and number and a representative will get back to you . . . ” — right). Their only other contact was their web site, which just happens to be hosted by Zentek International based in Hong Kong. Now this being an ostensibly free country, there is no apparent reason why a company claiming to be located in Napa Valley California should not be able to locate their web site anywhere they like, even though the Bay Area has hundreds of web hosting companies. But, Zentek International turn out to be a well-known Spam-friendly web hosting service. All contact information for both Zentek and their upstream ISP turns out to be completely bogus. For a nice fat fee, Zentek will host your Spam web site and ignore all requests to have it shut down. Surely, only criminals would need such mis-direction.

The “products” touted by Spammers are more often than not useless, fraudulent, don't work, or are simply illegal.

Pyramid scams are illegal because they don't work. You can not generate a revenue stream of $75,000 by selling “reports” to five other people and having them sell “reports” to five other people, and so on. The scam breaks down under its own weight in a few cycles.

Penis Enlargement Cream scams and Breast Enhancement Cream scams are, strictly speaking, illegal. Even if they worked (they don't), they would require clinical trials studies and approval by the FDA. The Spammers are, therefore, engaging in illegal activities.

 

Human Growth Hormone (HGH) scams don't work, are not approved by the FDA, and carry significant health risks.

 

Internet Domain Registration Scams are usually for domain extensions that are not yet approved or will likely not be approved by ICANN.

 

Web Site Design Services from “companies” with no E-Mail addresses and no web sites of their own — only telephone numbers. One would imagine that a company claiming to create “Beautiful Custom Websites” would at least provide an example of their own website. There is likely a good reason why they don't — they must be up to something shady. You can obtain a $29 product from Office Depot with which you can create your own website for a twentieth of the cost of the “Beautiful Custom Websites”, and incidentally avoid getting on more Spam lists.

 

Legal” Cable De-Scramblers . . . are . . . illegal. Who would have imagined that? Remember that Aristotle said A is A.

 

Stock Pump-And-Dump scams. Ask yourself why obscure companies are being touted by mysterious “investment services” who have no presence anywhere. No telephone numbers, no return E-Mail addresses, no web site, and no street address. Ask yourself why the obscure companies being touted are without exception trading on the Over The Counter Bulletin Board or on the Over The Counter Pink Sheets. Ask yourself why you never get a stock “recommendation” for a legitimate New York Stock Exchange-traded company, a legitimate NASDAQ-traded company, or a legitimate AMEX-traded company. Ask yourself why the obscure companies being touted invariably have no information other than their stock price quote. No street address, no web site, no contact numbers, no investor relations, no E-Mail. No record of revenues, earnings, profits, cash flow, debt, or anything that would give you a handle on the company. Surely, there must be something, well, maybe . . . illegal?

 

As Seen On National TV” scams. Just about any “product” or “service” that has been “Seen On National TV” will have some shady or illegal aspect, or will not perform as advertised. You might as well believe in the three headed cow from Mars, Ohio, “As Seen In The National Enquirer”.

 

German Lottery scams — US citizens are not permitted by law to partake in non-US lotteries. In other words, the scam is illegal.

 

Multi-Level Marketing scams — most of them don't work, have no product or service of any merit, benefit only the few who started the scam, and should be illegal.

 

The Internet Spy” — a collection of mostly useless junk that is freely available from public web sites, local government records, or the telephone companies.

 

Kathmandu Temple Kiff — illegal pretty much everywhere you live.

 

Hunza Miracle Diet Bread — doesn't work. Surely, only criminals would knowingly push “products” that don't work.

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