At danah’s suggestion, I took the bait and sent a reply to the YASNS spammers. I picked “Carrie,” and sent her a note full of spelling mistakes and a run-on sentence:
i got your email on myspacester isn’t it nice you are in san jose too now. its pretty nice but no san frnsacisco.
do sned me some more pictures of you.
“Carrie” replied, pushing an adult personals site:
X-Apparently-To: XXXXXX@yahoo.com via 18.104.22.168; Mon, 26 Sep 2005 13:47:00 -0700
Return-Path: <carrie00 @meethemnow.com>
Authentication-Results: mta109.mail.mud.yahoo.com from=meethemnow.com; domainkeys=neutral (no sig)
Received: from 22.214.171.124 (EHLO meethemnow.com) (126.96.36.199) by mta109.mail.mud.yahoo.com with SMTP; Mon, 26 Sep 2005 13:47:00 -0700
Received: by meethemnow.com (8.13.1/8.12.11) id j8QK1OOF024349; Mon, 26 Sep 2005 16:01:24 -0400 (envelope-from email@example.com)
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2005 16:01:24 -0400
Subject: Hey you - Here are my pics!!
X-Mailer: PHP v4
Hey, thanks for getting in touch with me again! I am definitely ready
to hook this up with you. According to Myspace, we live really close so
we could meet up whenever you want. Come check out my newest personal
at http://www.centralpassion.com/carrie00 My profile is listed inside
the site under "BackSideBabe". I decided to post my personal info (i.e.
phone # and my personal email address) on this site for 3 simple
reasons. 1) It's DISCREET 2)I never have to worry about being contacted by
children since only adults are allowed in the site and 3)I know all the
replies I receive are genuine. Well thatâ€™s about it for now, I really do
hope to meet up with you...and let's make it soon!
***The following is a requirement of this website: "If you are offended
by adult material or are not of legal age to view such material, or if
you simply would not like to hear from any members from this website,
follow this link to be removed:"
188.8.131.52 doesn’t reverse, but if you check the two domains mentioned in the email, you see that meethemnow.com is
184.108.40.206 and centralpassion.com is
The IP block is owned by Webair Internet Development Inc. at333 Jericho Tpke Suite 200
Jericho NY 11753
Their AUP states:
Spamming (sending unsolicited bulk and/or commercial messages over the Internet). This includes, but is not limited to, bulk mailing of commercial advertising, informational announcements, charity requests, petitions for signatures, and political or religious tracts. Such messages may only be sent to those who have explicitly requested them from your domain. Using spam to promote a Web site hosted on the Webair Network ("spamvertising") is also prohibited, even if the spam is not sent through the Webair Network
I’ll be dropping them a note shortly.