Just received the below email from Spamwise. They harvested one of my email addresses from my blog, so they could send me an email, to tell me my email addresses could be harvested by Spammers, with the stated intention of reducing unnecessary emails.
My only problem with the email is it seems to be formatted similar to the kind you would see debunked as a hoax on snopes.com. Typically a hoax emails claims to be from a bonafide corparation such as `Microsoft|IBM|HP|Adobe|Insert well know co. name here’. The spamwise.org email claims to be from a bonafide “IT Operation” and then does not list exactly what or who that operation is. A perusal of the listed website spamwise.org fails to enlighten me as to who or what they are. (maybe the text of that piece of information is coloured #FFFFFF on a #FFFFFF background because I can’t see it).
Being cynical as I am, I’m suspicioning that spamwise.org is just a monetized website (it’s got ad banners) that needs traffic, and by it harvesting email addresses and sending a `concerned citizen’ email it’s attempting to create income generating website traffic. I could be wrong. Let me know if I am.
You are receiving this message because a number of insecure ‘EMAIL US’ links have been found on WEBSITE PAGES by our automated scan.
The presence of these harvestable email-addresses on your website poses a direct threat to the integrity of your email-system, by making your site a target for spam.
If your email-addresses are already being heavily spammed, it is likely that these unprotected weblinks are the reason.
Even if not, then it is still imperative to correct the problem before harvesting takes place and the spam starts flooding-in.
The following page was scanned:
-and the following domain addresses were found:
You would be well-advised to raise these issues with the person or organization responsible for maintaining this website. For more information, and free tools with which to check your website’s security against address-harvesting, visit http://spamwise.org
This message is sent only a small number of times, to specific addresses found at websites with an email-link security problem. Spamwise is an awareness-raising initiative run by a bona-fide IT operation, offering a professional standard of advice and services to business clients.