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by Mike Masnick


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It Turns Out Plenty Of People Reply To DoNotReply.com

from the reading-comprehension-skills dept

It's always amusing when errant emails get sent around. For example, we still get plenty of emails every day from people angry at Amazon.com for the way Amazon signs people up for their Amazon Prime program (the way it's billed on credit cards, we're the first Google search on the name, and people who don't read, somehow think that we, at Techdirt, billed them). Slashdot points us to an amusing article about the guy who owns DoNotReply.com, which is now set up as a blog highlighting some of the more ridiculous emails he gets. The reason he gets so many emails is many systems just put "donotreply" in the "from" field, and people still reply -- and it all goes to this guy. Most interesting is that he's given up explaining this to people (except in a few exceptional cases), because they tend to just get angry at him.

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  1. identicon
    Fred Fighter, 3 May 2008 @ 9:57am

    The fault lies with the idiots who send with "do not reply" in their "from:"

    Falsifying email headers so that replies, bounces, or complaints are misdirected to a third party is commonly referred to as a "Joe job", named for an early victim
    of the tactic. It is certainly not a accepted practice,
    and is illegal in many states.

    --

    FF

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