How to become an offshore (outside the law) spammer

Summary:The email shown below appeared in my inbox today. I get a lot of spam.

The email shown below appeared in my inbox today. I get a lot of spam.  Hundreds per day.  But this is the first that I can recall that offers me a way to become an offshore spammer that not only could escape domestic law enforcement, but also spam filtering algorithms based on IP addresses that are known sources of spam (and therefore end up on so-called "e-mail blacklists").   "Fresh IPs" the e-mail says -- probably alluding to the availability of IP addresses that have never been used before (in other words, they're not on any public blacklists).   "Dedicated 100 [mbps] fiber" with "Unlimited Data Transfer" which means I can crank spam at the addresses on e-mail lists almost as fast as the server can create them without paying a dime extra.  Oh, and if you don't have a good list of e-mail addresses, this outfit will supply one for you.  About the only thing that's missing are the "local" legal services to create a Chinese shell business that further insulates such a spam operation from the reaches of US law.  Here's the e-mail that punctuated the end of my summer with a reality check:

Dear david.berlind@cnet.com:

BulletProof server:

Fresh IPs
1024MB RAM
P4 CPU
72GB SCSI
Dedicated 100M fiber
Unlimited Data Transfer
Any software
Based in China
US$599.00 per month

May use the server for:

Bulk Hosting
Direct Mailing

We also supply email list according to your order and sending out your message for you.

Looking forward to do business with you.

Cheers!

Robert
Server Dept
kezunli666@yeah.net

For del: NoEmail@yahoo.com

Sorta makes ya wanna become a spammer, doesn't it? 

Topics: Tech Industry

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David Berlind was fomerly the executive editor of ZDNet. David holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems. Prior to becoming a tech journalist in 1991, David was an IT manager.

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