One way to combat this is to use one of the Privacy.net Stealth Email Addresses
they have created specifically to reply back if the address is spammed with:
"The person who provided you with this e-mail address did not perceive value in receiving your e-mail and/or did not want to provide you with their identity. The person did not "opt-in" to your e-mail and/or did not subscribe to your mailing list. If this address is "subscribed" to a mailing list then you have not taken steps to verify subscribers to the list. Please remove email@example.com from your list. You may wish to consider concentrating on improving the value of your offers so consumers will request to receive them rather than taking steps to avoid receiving your e-mail."
The addresses you can use are:
Of course, if the web site you are registering at requires you to reply to a confirmation email before you are truly registered, then this will not work, since you'll never receive the email. But . . . since this type of registration, known as "confirmed opt-in" is only practiced by ethical web sites and mailing lists, the question of trust is answered by the fact that they use "confirmed opt-in" registration.
by newview edited by Sarah
last modified: 2003-05-27 07:53:46