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Location: Galway/Ireland
Member Since: 13th May 2004
Total posts: 3882
Posted:So I've just read three irate ranting spam emails from random people. The only thing we have in common is that we've all got subscritions to Irish Broadband.

How did they get my email address? Well someone in this company managed to send out their entire customer email database on the 'Merry Christmas' email. Theres thousands of emails on the bloody thing. Havent they ever heard of Bcc?

how can they be so stupid as to leave themselves open to the legal action thats going to ensue after this.

I think i'll nip down to the Citizens Information Beaureu after the holidays.

Idiots.

/end rant


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Sethis
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Location: York University
Member Since: 16th May 2005
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Posted:You're kidding! That's insane.

Oh well, at least now you have some new ranting friends! Or something... umm


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Pirate Ninja
Location: Galway/Ireland
Member Since: 13th May 2004
Total posts: 3882
Posted:Yep, I've been trying to ring customer service but their not picking up...

And some of these people think they have a new mailing list. Some are ranting about how crap the company is and others are writing to defend it!!!


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Posted:its an email address i get loads of spam all the time cos companys someone on ya msn signs up then get to send u spam over and over and u cant stop it

at least it isnt your address


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Posted:It happens quite a lot,, normally coz someones been a numpty and clicked the wrong button,, every now and again the offending company gets sued but other than bad press and some poor sod getting fired not a lot really tends to happen

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Pirate Ninja
Location: Galway/Ireland
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Posted:Yep, i've already written a letter of complaint to the commisioner for data protection.

Next up, a visit to my solicitor. I've already started recieving ad mail. And at least one virus.

The worst thing is that i;ve been so carefull not to give this email address out anywhere online or to anyone likley to misuse it. It was the only spam free mail frown


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Posted::O spam free mail,, they still make those,, Shame about the viri though frown

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I Dream of things that never were and say Why Not....?

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Posted:Yeah, in the state of the net these days, something like that is really pretty bad. Many viruses/worms will snarf email addys from a drive sweep, so not only is such an action a goldmine to spammers, but it opens a very large potential for virus/worm attacks. Hopefully you have other ISP options available.

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Pirate Ninja
Location: Galway/Ireland
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Posted:I dont really. This is the only wireless one available and I wont get a hard line becasue we dont want a phone and you cant get one without the other here. Why the hell should i pay phone rental when i dont have a phone!!!

I rang them today and they said. and i quote "Yeah we heard about that, apologies it was human error"

And when i complained about the people spamming me they said:

"Yeah sorry about that, we're trying to catch them"

mad2

oh the rage.

I've already rang the newspapers and its running tomoro!!!


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Birgit
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Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 27th Jan 2005
Total posts: 4145
Posted:I got that in a survey from the university disabled people's service once. Got another email a while later saying that everyone who had the email now knows all the email addresses (= matric numbers) of all disabled students, but we shouldn't worry cause noone knows WHO has WHICH disability. angry

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Richee
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Posted:adophire(at)gmail(dot)com its pretty easy for botnets...

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