Offensive, threatening emails & posts

Submitted: Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 17:18
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Yes I've started to get some which some of you will say is poetic justice but this is not being done in jest, these are threatening and offensive. Maybe an Indian Telemarketer that I have offended....
One of you will know who to report them to, I've emailed DCITA but have had as yet no response.
Any Clues?
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 17:22

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 17:22
Maybe the police? Tell us more.
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Follow Up By: Mr Fawlty - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 17:41

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 17:41
DCITA = department of communications, internet, telecomunications and the arts.
They appear to be coming from a female who is threatening me with posting copies of emails (that I have not sent) and expressing the view that I have to be carefull who I sleep with because I never know who is reading them and If I don't stop sending emails (that I'm not sending anyway) she is going to post them etc etc with some choice language thrown in just to make the point.
I did respond to the first one and very politely suggested she may have the wrong adress but the reply was even more offensive...
I don't mind a snyde gybe but this is beyond a joke, it's getting to the point where I'm contemplating a change of ISP....
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 17:54

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 17:54
I would contact her ISP,will probably find them or their home page will have contact details. If she's posting from Hotmail etc you may be able to find her ISP by checking the full header of the e-mail and using:

wq.apnic.net/apnic-bin/whois.pl

to look up her IP address.

You could also ask your own ISP to change your account details (they should do this free of charge in abuse cases) from Basil@isp.com.au to something else and that should get rid of her.

Sorry to hear about this Fawlty - being the subject of consistent persecution can be very wearing. Frankly, if she ignored your initial response regarding the wrong address she is probably a nutter.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 17:56

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 17:56
For some strange reason this site filters e-mail addresses between "greater than" and "less than" characters!!!!????

In the first line, above, after "ISP" it should read "abuse@isp.com.au".
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 16:21

Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 16:21
greater than and less than symbols are used to embed things such as pics and things Mike thats why it gulps when u use them. But i agree Fawlty with mike go via their ISP or change your address via your ISP, I had to do that a while back when a rogue goatherder was pestering me
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 16:27

Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 16:27
I told you at the time; Mildred is a "one herder" goat - but would you listen to me...?
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 16:28

Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 16:28
I heard-her tho! hahahaha
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Follow Up By: sailor1man - Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 16:40

Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 16:40
Easy fixed download a program called Mailwasher its free. it checks the emails at the ISP before you get them in your inbox. You can then tick a box for blacklisting or best of all "bounce" it sends the email back to them with no such address!
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 16:48

Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 16:48
Satirical humour = 1
Bonz = 0

:)
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Reply By: Johnny boy - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 17:25

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 17:25
I'm not sure who the DCITA is but when you get this on the telephone I think that you call the communications Ombudsman ... I hope I got that right .

Regards J.B.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 17:44

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 17:44
Nah, can't be a telemarketer. They have hides as thick as a Rhinoceros.

If they are personally threatening, the Police is the best point of call.
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Reply By: PeteS - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 18:04

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 18:04
Mr Fawlty

Be wary, I do not reply to any email address I do not know.

Many are spam emails that are very generic.
Some ask you to click on a link to be removed from future emails. By doing this you simply validate your email address which is then sold by them to the BIG Spammers as a valid address.... then more Spam.

If they do not identify you by exact name and specifics then I doubt they actually know you.

Hope it sorts itself out. I would recommend you ignore them, just keep copies etc and report as suggested by Mike etc.

PeteS
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 19:22

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 19:22
This is what I would suggest has happened. You'd be surprised the volume of junk mail that we get - and as a result we are pretty clued up on what's real and what's a bait. Never respond - as PeteS says, this simply validates that your email address is real and that confirms you on their hit list. Now, just ignore. It will eventually go away.
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Reply By: Notso - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 18:15

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 18:15
You could always download a little program I have been using for some time called Mailwasher. It lets you look at the headers and Bounce the ones you don't like back to the originator.
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (W.A) - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 18:50

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 18:50
If your using Outlook just add the sender to the BLOCKED SENDER LIST found in tools
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Follow Up By: Member - Errol (York WA) - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 21:46

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 21:46
Try messages . Errol
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Reply By: Hairy - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 19:58

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 19:58
Gday Mr Fawlty,
Pathetic isnt it!
Contact the police and see what they say?
Good luck.
Let us know how you go.
Cheers

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Reply By: Teabag (Queanbeyan) - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 20:22

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 20:22
Just right click on her email address and block.....Then you will never hear from her again.....I do it to all the SPAMs etc....No problem andproblem is solved...
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Reply By: DIO - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 20:25

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 20:25
You can put the sender into/onto your Blocked Sender's List if you are using Outlook. Go to Message, Junk E-Mail, Blocked Sender's List. Goodbye to them, no more messages for you to worry about. Biggest mistake is to answer these people. Once you do they have confirmation of your e-mail mand then get stuck into you. Good luck with it.
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Reply By: Footloose - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 20:42

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 20:42
Geez, if I had some female harrassing me telling me to be careful who I sleep with, I'd think I'd won Lotto. I might even ask if that's an invitation. :)))
Seriously, all good advice in these posts. I used to get heaps of spam, and still get my share. Now I use Spamfighter, and it just zaps the nasties into a folder where I can peek and delete.
Good luck with it all, you can live without that sort of harassment.
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 21:06

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 21:06
Basil

Having a website with a domain name attracts heaps of SPAM mail. I used to get at least 30 spam mails per day. I have my Spam Filter cranked up to the highest level. These days I still get around 10 spam mail every day. Anything unknown to me..... I just press SHIFT then DELETE and it disappears into cyberspace. It has become a daily chore and I do it automatically.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 22:56

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 22:56
One way round that, is to remove any email links from your pages, and just have an image in its place with text only on it with your email addy on it if people want to contact you.. bit late when they already got your current email addy :(
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Follow Up By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 18:13

Friday, May 25, 2007 at 18:13
You don't need an email link on your page Truckster.

I own 2 domains neither of which have a page on the web (try www.nenke.org). I just use them for mail an storing photos at the moment. I regularly see spammers run through all the likely email addresses:

admin@nenke.org
mail@nenke.org
sales@nenke.org
help@nenke.org
sysadmin@nenke.org
contact@nenke.org

etc etc.

I now have my mail server to bounce anything not addressed to the actual mailboxes on the domain.

Hey, my spell checker (ieSpell) wants to replace "Truckster" with "Trickster." It IS a smart machine. :o)

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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 22:47

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 22:47
Mail is not necessarily really from who it appears to be, or from the ISP it appears to be from. Yesterday in the list of mail my ISP Spam net caught, amongst all the overseas junk selling all sorts of dubious stuff, was one which appeared to be from my personal email address, which of course it wasn't, and the Spam screening service had labelled it 100% spam probability. It was really nothing to do me or with anyone from my ISP - just clever emailing.

My Fawlty - i go along with those who say use block sender, then empty your delete box each day. Don't let it worry you and don't take it personally. The same mail is probably going 100s of people all over the world.
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Follow Up By: Mr Fawlty - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 10:41

Friday, May 25, 2007 at 10:41
Nup it's personal, whoever is doing this knows my real name and uses it. Also this is going to my real email adress, if it was going to my hotmail account I would not be worried. Since posting a mate has offered me the use of some nasty software of "questionable legality" that can be used to do unpleasant things to the senders PC, of use to those of us who get this sort of mail....
In the interests of self defence I'm gonna give it a go. I'll report back in due course.
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Follow Up By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 22:39

Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 22:39
Just a little hint...
...to avoid spam like that, get yourself a disposable email address (eg. with spamgourmet, just google it). They're great little helpers, as you don't have to disclose your real address when registration requires one.
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Reply By: Mr Fawlty - Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 12:03

Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 12:03
The Sender has been identified, the matter is now in the hands of the AFP ( who handle complaints concerning the improper use of the internet). The woman sending this garbage to me claims it is mistaken identity but still persisted with threats and malicious verbage.
Using the advice from this forum she was identified and now faces prosecution. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HELP!
I can now resume my self appointed role as "agent Provocateur" without fear of threat, unless it's from Gramps in relation to his tone deafness....Old Bean indeed!
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 16:29

Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 16:29
AFP Another Female Protagonist?

Maybe u should tell us her details and send pics of your tryst and we could send her our best wishes
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 19:20

Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 19:20
LOL glad you got that sorted out old bean .... ooops ... sorry, Basil :)))))))
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Reply By: sailor1man - Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 16:42

Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 16:42
Easy fixed download a program called Mailwasher its free. it checks the emails at the ISP before you get them in your inbox. You can then tick a box for blacklisting or best of all "bounce" it sends the email back to them with no such address!
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