Written by Darren Robinson

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It took me a few minutes of hard thinking to figure outrepparttar connection, but once I worked it out, I was shocked atrepparttar 132836 power these amateur spam cops now have. An accusation appears to be as good as a conviction, at least inrepparttar 132837 eyes of Virtual Avenue.

It appears this is what happened: for whatever reason, a disgruntled subscriber has been unable to unsubscribe fromrepparttar 132838 WhatUSeek newsletter. So instead of just complaining straight torepparttar 132839 publishers of this newsletter, or even torepparttar 132840 Host ofrepparttar 132841 newsletter web page, they decided to get VERY nasty and file spam reports against every link & email address that they can find within that newsletter (and it is normally quite a big newsletter !).

So this person sees my harmless article, checks outrepparttar 132842 resource box and sends off a spam report torepparttar 132843 Host of my advertised web page. Even though I have never sent an email to this person in my life ! In response to a single unsubstantiated report, Virtual Avenue IMMEDIATELY shuts down all my web sites without any warning.

Numerous further emails were exchanged overrepparttar 132844 next few days, withrepparttar 132845 "support" people (now there's an inappropriate title) refusing to reinstate my web sites, even though they eventually acknowledged I was not a publisher ofrepparttar 132846 newsletter and had not spammed anyone. They had received robot complaints from Spam Cop and were determined that someone was going to suffer for it. I was simply guilty by association.

Meanwhile, I have been spending at least 30 minutes daily responding to allrepparttar 132847 emails complaining aboutrepparttar 132848 site being down, not to mentionrepparttar 132849 many hours involved with shiftingrepparttar 132850 websites elsewhere. I have lost bucket-loads of customers due to a false accusation and a trigger-happy Host who seems anxious to shut-down its own members.

So next time you get annoyed by unsolicted commercial email in your Inbox, just remember - it could be worse. At least these pests aren't actively trying to close down your business.

Darren Robinson is the publisher of THE PANIC BULLETIN, a free twice-weekly email newsletter. If you suffer from anxiety attacks, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder or other related conditions, keep up with the latest news articles from around the world. Just send a blank email to

Recipe - Spam Rehash

Written by Dale Sexton

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After you've verified your spam, it's ready to go into an autoresponder and served to guests or customers. Your autoresponder must have capabilities to import lists. GetResponse can do this and send out your message in timed intervals with an opt out option.

The quick cook recipe works if you want to serve your spam in a hurry, but remember that your autoresponder will not go well with FFAL websites and some classified ads. Your autoresponder host doesn't like it when you submit autoresponder addresses to these pages and will minimum, shut your responder down.

Quick Cook Recipe

Instead of putting your pop3 email address onrepparttar guestbooks or classified ads, userepparttar 132835 autoresponder address. When spammers harvest your autoresponder address, they immediately get a serving of spam rehash, thus serving your customers and guests faster.

Remember, if they send it to you, send them something in return. Bon appetit!

Dale Sexton owns and operates '' and publishes 'Small Business Tools magazine'. Both focus on tools and tips for small business and startups. Sign up for 'SBT magazine' at:

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