[LINK] Fwd: Please confirm your message

Steve Jenkin sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Mon Dec 4 15:17:10 AEDT 2006

On Mon, Dec 04, 2006 at 03:01:13PM +1100, Ivan Trundle wrote:
> Linkers
> Does anyone else find this kind of behaviour tiresome, frustrating,  
> and pointless?

No - it isn't very widespread yet. If it was universal, would not be a
As yet, is a reasonable SPAM blocker approach. Not perfect.

> There are better, simpler, and less time and bandwidth-wasteful  
> methods of performing the simple task of sending an e-mail response.

Such as? I'd like to hear what the alternatives are - this approach
makes it everyone elses' problem, not the recipient.  Not a
very sociable solution :-)

> I don't particularly care that this activity is meant to reduce the  
> recipient's spam levels: I'm not at all interested in bouncing  
> messages back and forth.

My guess is that this is some sort of phising or e-mail verification
scam. Anyone using a 'whitelist' system would've subscribed with a
specific list address, and hence not generated this. If you did a
'reply-all', not just the list, that could explain it.

> Sigh.
> iT
> Begin pointless message:
> >This message was created automatically by mail delivery software  
> >(TMDA).
> >
> >Your message attached below is being held because the address
> ><ivan at itrundle.com> has not been verified.
> >
> >To release your message for delivery either click on the URL below
> >
> >http://www.ah.net/cgi-bin/tmda.cgi?500.1165203952.20914.5195cb
> >
> >or please send an empty message
> >to the following address, or use your mailer's "Reply" feature.
> >
> >   at+confirm+1165203952.20914.5195cb at ah.net
> >
> >This confirmation verifies that your message is legitimate and not
> >junk-mail. You should only have to confirm your address once.
> >
> >If you do not respond to this confirmation request within 7 days,
> >your message will not be delivered.
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