About forged spam messages

Beginning on November 1, 2006, some spammer started using forged email addresses from the brianbisbee.com domain to hide the source of their spam. Brianbisbee.com is not the source of these messages. I am not sending them. I am however working to mitigate the problem as best I can.

What's going on?

This sort of thing is commonly known as a Joe Job. A spammer falsifies the "From" and "Reply To" addresses on their messages so that any complaints or repercussions from their spamming will falll on the forgery victim instead of on them. Sometimes, it's a deliberate attempt by the spammer to tarnish someone else's reputation. In my case, I'm just some random guy with a domain name that got picked for forgery.

What am I doing about it?

Unfortunately, because of the way the Internet works, there's not a whole lot that I can do to stop it. I have contacted my domain registrar and web host to notify them of the problem. I am collecting the thousands of undeliverable forged messages that bounce back to me, to be used as evidence if it is possible to determine who is doing the spamming.

What should you do about it?

If you are a system administrator, please forward a copy of one or two of the messages to me at admin [at] brianbisbee [dot] com. Leave the full headers intact. You may also wish to send an abuse complaint to the ISP that relayed the message to you. Please do not send abuse complaints to my ISP (dreamhost.com), as their email servers are not involved in propagating these spam messages.

If you are an end user, your best course of action is just to ignore/delete any spam messages that you receive. I don't use brianbisbee.com for commercial purposes; it's just a personal domain. If you don't know me, you'll never receive email from me.

Thank you,

Brian Bisbee