December 05, 2005A Twist on the "Web Beacon" Scam
Message Trick #9 in Spam Wars details how the long-time "Web beacon" scam works. In short, your email address (which is auto-inserted to the message's To: field or message envelope) is appended to a request to a (usually hidden) image. When your HTML-enabled email reader fetches the image from a Web server (even to show it in the Preview Pane), your email address is silently beamed to the spammer, verified as being live and active. Your freshly confirmed address becomes yet another asset that spammers will sell/trade, assuring you of further spam. It's your unwilling contribution to the spam economy.
Another head just popped up in the eternal antispam game of Whack-a-Mole.Posted on December 05, 2005 at 04:57 PM