For the past few years I’ve used the @livedigitally domain as my primary email. One method of attempting to curb some spam was by using the site name as the target email address, so I have things like flickr@, sonos@, evite@, etc. Lots of people do this as a simple way of (1) auto-sorting incoming emails, and more importantly (2) tracking who is selling our information to mailing lists. It works well for both needs. I’ve done this so much that I can’t even track the number of emails like these I use…
Unfortunately, some type of spam/zombie system occasionally uses the livedigitally domain to send out thousands of spams to people. The emails cover the typical range of mortgate rates, university diplomas, increasing the size of a body part (or two), or my personal favorite, helping men get over the painful humiliation of not pleasing her good (bad grammar is de rigeur here). The spams come from literally hundreds of different phony addresses such as LizasalonStovall@, DarcypitchstoneCaron@, and others like that.
When the emails go out, lots of people get harassed, and I get a smaller amount of bouncebacks, typically 1500-2500 at a time. I’ve done a bit of Googling on it, can’t find much of an answer as a method to prevent it from happening. So what I want to do is at least stop getting all the bouncebacks. The problem is, I can’t figure out any way to do that, other than turning off the catchall email address I use. Which brings me back to the opening issue, as it requires my use of the catchall account.
Anyone have any recommendations here? I’m open to all sorts of things, including hunting down spammers and hurting them. A lot. But I doubt that’ll happen, so anything a bit more realistic for my pacifist self would be nice.