[SpamCop-List] Re: Hotmail and selling addresses
Sun, 2 Feb 2003 20:41:00 -0800
Andrew Taylor wrote:
> about 12 months ago, someone posted that they were certain that
> Hotmail sold their account database to spammers, citing various
> reasons why.
> At that time, 24th January, I set up a new, and unique Hotmail
> address that consisted my three initials, my year of birth, and my
> three initials, like BJT1958BJT I have monitored the
> account, sent myself tests, and kept it live. In 12 months, the only
> mail is 19 information e-mails from Hotmail themselves.
> Although my old MSN and Hotmail address get considerable amounts of
> spam, I concur that MSN Hotmail don't sell addresses. In an e-mail to
> Hotmail Abuse, I queried why my little used old Hotmail address was
> being deluged with spam, they told me that if you have one ID,
> (andrewtaylor they tag that ID onto other domains,
> andrewtaylor, bigfoot.com, yahoo.com, mail.com etc. and see
> if the mail bounces or not.
> Andrew Taylor
Interesting, I opened a new account with hotmail and began receiving spam
that same day, I had not used it for anything at the time. Which I find
interesting as I had started 2 accounts with my name a a number and one got
spammed like crazy and the other was very light.