My email has been a bit worse than usual this week, and “usual” had already gotten pretty bad. Because I’ve been using this domain name for so long now, several addresses on it have made the spammers’ lists including, unfortunately, my first name. This means I now get about 30-40 pieces of junk mail for each real piece of mail. The spammer’s subject lines are growing more deceptive as well, so if you aren’t in my address book and you sent a message I never responded to, chances are it got lost in the noise. Try again with a more distinctive subject line than “Hi”.
It’s been especially bad this week, though, because junk mail was sent out as though it was from one of my addresses and so I get all the bounced email messages. Spammers really are lower than pond scum. I wonder if there are some solid legal grounds on which I could sue them? They are misrepresenting me and using my personal information without permission. They are certainly wasting my time and resources. If any of the messages are for something of dubious legality, there might even be grounds for libel.
Short of legal action, alas, all I can do is hope they acquire a mysterious debilitating disease that causes their genitalia to turn puce and fall off.
[posted at lunchtime because I got busy the moment I walked in the door at work this morning and forgot to proof the post I wrote coming across the bridge on the bus]