The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Friday, June 15, 2007

"Acecco Ltd" spammer threatens child-porn Joe-job

Interesting thread in news.admin.net-abuse.email toady. A spammer known as "Acecco" (with variations on spelling) wrote to anti-spammer "Wombat" with the threat

Please immidiatly replace our company name in your message on
groups
google with ***** or what ever you wish. Otherwise we will start
send
CHILD PORNO from your addresses very soon.

They were apparently serious, as Wombat soon started getting bounces from email spams for child porn which had his email address in the From line in the email.

See netnews thread Threat from spammer and the Spamhaus SBL listing for more of the story.

For now, there's not much to do, and steps are being taken to track down the spammer responsible. This is just a heads-up that if you get child-porn ads in your inbox, don't freak out — it's probably just a joe job.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Womb8t said...

Serious, as in they spammed using my own email address to defame me... and their scam website got shut down.

That's not the big issue here though. After doing some research, this scam has been running for a number of years, with the same/similar company name. Eventually the website seems to get shut down. But not fast enough, and not before people get sucked in.
I'll be talking to Monster dot com and others about that further. I'm sure unless I posted to NANAE the Acecco scam site would still be up.

Much more needs to be done about educating people to understand the implications of email in our society now.
Where someone can try to trash your reputation if they have the illegal resources to do so, and that a 'dream' job is just that - too good to be true!

Wombat

4:29 PM  

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