business while giving away free geek toys. They claim that it's by
getting you to sign up for other "special offers". But I think that's
only part of it.
I think they sell your e-mail address to every spammer with the money to
I have a Gmail account that I recently created. It's barely been used,
and had not received a single spam. The same exact day that I decided
to investigate the freeipods.com thing, using that address, the spam
started. And I'm not talking about one or two e-mails, I'm talking
about 5-10 spams every day for the past month now.
What an interesting coincidence, don't you think? Within a few hours of
signing up for this thing, I start getting spam from a dozen different
You know, I can deal with it when you fill out a form, and the company
there sends you spam. At least you know where it's coming from. But
damn I hate it when those bastards sell your e-mail address to everyone
else, because once it gets out there, you'll never stop it.
We really need to overhaul the entier e-mail infrastructure and come up
with something that has built in authentication and security.