Spam: When will spam be banned?

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What can be written about spam that hasn't been already?

Basically, spam is a pain in the royal ass for Media Man Australia, and millions, if not billions, of other Internet and media connoisseurs.

Research has shown that approximately 1% of spam gets replied to, and even less than that actually make a purchase.

Having an e-mail filtering service has helped alleviate the problem, but filtering can bring on other challenges, like deleting e-mails that the recipient want's to read!

Media Man Australia's director, Greg Tingle, reports all spammers to their ISP and Yahoo! in an act of vengeance, but until spam is outlawed for good, any Yahoo will be a far cry from Hooray!

Until there is a worldwide elimination of spam, by laws that work, worldwide, spam will continue to hamper the otherwise beautiful place we call the Internet.

*Media Man Australia is pleased to report that the Governments of the world are clamping down on spam, and many of the spammers have ceased operation.


The doctor is in, by Stan Beer - 22nd November 2005

'Spam man' wins gold - 16th February 2006

Drowning in Spam - The Buffalo News

Spam Wars - How unwanted e-mail is burying the Internet -

Swollen orders show spam's allure - News

Spammer spammed into going offline - Sydney Morning Herald - 20th August 2003

Yet another Windows worm clogs email inboxes - SHM - 20th August 2003

Net harassment to earn two-year jail term - SMH - 20th August 2003

Govt launches net crackdown - The Australian - 20th August 2003

FBI closes on Blaster suspect - News Interactive - 29th August 2003

Sobig still spamming - News Interactive - 26th August 2003

Worms turn internet into compost of chaos - Sydney Morning Herald - 30th August 2003

Busted: 'Master Blaster' - Sydney Morning Herald - 30th August 2003

Authorities arrest Minnesota teen in Internet attack - SF Gate - 29th August 2003

'Blaster' Teen Suspect Arrested - - 29th August 2003

Gates 'hates' spam, but acts belie criticism - The Washington Times

Microsoft: Policies on Software Distribution

Software Engineering Institute & Carnegie Mellon University

Center for Democracy and Technology

Federal Trade Commission


Junkbusters Junk e-mail headlines

Fight Spam On The Internet

Pete Moss Publications: Spam News

The Network Abuse Clearinghouse Spam

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission

Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

National Office for the Information Economy

Australian High Tech Crime Centre

Internet Industry Association: Security Portal

Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email

Coalition Against Unsolicited Bulk Email, Australia



What is spam?

While most e-mail users think they know spam when they see it, it has proven surprisingly difficult to define. Some of the most-common definitions being bandied about in connection with plans to regulate spam are: unsolicited commercial e-mail (UCE), which excludes unsolicited political messages and possibly outright fraudulent ones; unsolicited bulk e-mail (UBE); unsolicited commercial bulk e-mail (UCBE); and unsolicited electronic mail solicitations (UEMS), which would include even single unsolicited e-mails. Many e-mail marketers prefer a definition that would require unsolicited messages to be fraudulent, deceptive or objectionable before they would be considered spam.


Public Warning to Spammers

Do not spam me, or any member of Media Man Australia, or I will report you to the authorities, as I have done to others before.

Spammers will be dealt with by the full effect of the law, and then some!


Greg Tingle is a new media entrepreneur, and has worked for Australia's top ISP's. Greg also has interviewed many of the worlds top cybercrime and technology experts, including:

Paul Budde - Budde Communications

Lee Tien - EFF

Derek Wilding - Communications Law Center

Jayne Hitchcock - Working To Halt Online Abuse

Liddy Nevile - 12th International World Wide Web Conference



Report spamming to the perpetrator's ISP and your ISP. Be clear that you want the spammer to be dealt with by the authorities. Also be clear that you never requested their goods or services.

You can trace spam, by looking at the "hidden code". Click on the properties section when you right click the options part of the subject line. There are a number of ways to do this.

You can also do a search on the domain name.

Domain name search services include:

Melbourne IT - Who Is

VeriSign - Who Is

InterNIC - Who Is


Reporting spammers to law enforcement

There are various law enforcement agencies where you can report spam.

If the spam involves fraudulent or deception practices, you can forward it to for the Federal Trade Commission to add to their database.

If a Nigerian says they have millions of dollars waiting for you to collect, forward the email with the subject "419 sample - no financial loss" to for the US Secret Service to investigate.

Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud (also called 419 Fraud) has been going on since the 80's with faxes, and has recently become common with email. If you receive faxes for this, forward to the USSS on 202 406-6930 with a cover sheet giving your contact details and stating "no financial loss".

Links to top tier companies:



Symantec Inc

Network Associates (Media Man Australia purchase domain name from them)

AOL Time Warner





The Planet (SIS Group)


*Telstra and Yahoo! are our e-mail providers

*SIS Group is our web host

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