You think spam is annoying ? Let me tell you a spam story that is beyond annoying and well past anger - and it isn't about receiving a few annoying advertisements in your Inbox. It's about a particular internet species whom I shall call amateur spam cops. Let me explain.
I am writing this article as a warning. From time to time I write business articles for newsletters as a means of promoting my web site. An article of mine was recently picked up from an article-announcement list by a larger-than-usual number of newsletters.
For a while, it was great ! My resource box (similar to one below), pointed to my web site and, during this one week in particular, hit counter was going crazy. I had ten times normal number of visitors.
And then disaster struck. The hit counter slammed to a halt. Suddenly I was getting numerous emails from potential customers telling me that my site was down. Now, I had been with Virtual Avenue for about 3 years and never had a problem, so I thought maybe it was just a temporary glitch and that site would be back up next day or something. I visited their support page & asked them politely to investigate.
After visiting site, I began reading my emails again (I get about 120 per day, and I download my email twice a day), and came across a robot message from their abuse department. The message told me that a spamming complaint had been received and that they were shutting me down in 48 hours. Well that was nonsense for a start - they had already shut down all my sites !
The message said that I had spammed someone by sending them a newsletter. I quote -
*** We regret to inform you that your account dwr9760 will be deleted from our servers within next 48 hours because it violates our Terms of Service, found at http://www.virtualave.net /account/policies os
Reason: Spam complaints  Subject: whatUseek Weekly - The Stealth Approach To Making Money On The Internet ***
For those of you not into internet marketing scene, "WhatU Seek Weekly" is a pretty useful newsletter for business ideas & marketing tips. I have subscribed to it for about a year. They recently ran an article of mine called "Any Fool Can Choose The Wrong Career".