Spammer Gets Junkmailed

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Spammer gets junk mailed

By Tim Richardson
Posted: 11/12/2002 at 09:56 GMT

Source: The Register

A US bulk emailer is threatening legal action after so-called "anti-spammers" signed him up for lots of junk mail.

Detroit Free Press tech columnist Mike Wendland reported last week that Alan Ralsky is now experiencing what it likes to be flooded with unwanted correspondence. Mr Ralsky has the capacity to send a billion emails a day and has made a fortune doing it.

Now, he's receiving sacks of paper post, brochures, and catalogues [AOL CDs? Ed] after being signed up for all manner of junk mail - and he ain't happy.

He told the DFP: "They've signed me up for every advertising campaign and mailing list there is. These people are out of their minds. They're harassing me."

Some people have already pointed out the delicious irony in this situation made all the more sweeter because of Mr Ralsky's apparent distress.

And who are the anti-spammers? The heroes of the hour
hatched the plot on Slashdot, with spam haters posting Ralsky's address and "even an aerial view of his neighborhood".

Sounds to me like a case of getting his just desserts.
You can read the full DFP story below:


West Bloomfield bulk e-mailer Alan Ralsky, who just may be the world's biggest sender of Internet spam, is getting a taste of his own medicine.

Ever since I wrote a story on him a couple of weeks ago (, he says he's been inundated with ads, catalogs and brochures delivered by the U.S. Postal Service to his brand-new $740,000 home.

It's all the result of a well-organized campaign by the anti-spam community, and Ralsky doesn't find it funny.

"They've signed me up for every advertising campaign and mailing list there is," he told me. "These people are out of their minds. They're harassing me."

That they are. Gleefully. Almost 300 anti-Ralsky posts were made on the Web site, where the plan was hatched after spam haters posted his address, even an aerial view of his neighborhood.

"Several tons of snail mail spam every day might just annoy him as much as his spam annoys me," wrote one of the anti-spammers.

Ralsky is indeed annoyed. He says he's asked Bloomfield Hills attorney Robert Harrison to sue the anti-spammers.

Apple is doing something right
I don't know whether it's because of the multimillion-dollar "I switched" ad campaign or their sleek and elegant new iMacs, iBooks and G4 desktops, but Apple Computer sure has one heck of a buzz factor going.

Last Friday night, 200 people stood in line just to get in to the Apple store at the Somerset Collection in Troy. People were talking in line about how hot the new products were, exchanging Apple Web sites and gushing about the machines running Apple's hot new Jaguar OS X operating system.

One buyer I spoke to bought herself a new iBook and said she talked to three switchers, PC users who were buying their first Macs.

The 6 p.m. lineup in Troy was repeated at the Apple Store in Novi's Twelve Oaks Mall and many other Apple stores around the country. It was brought about by a promotion that offered a chance to win a new 17-inch flat screen monitor and shop until midnight.

Those Friday-after-Thanksgiving crowds aren't a fluke. At 9 a.m. every Saturday, the Troy store sponsors a free "Getting started on a Mac" seminar. It's so popular you need a reservation.

Tracking a package to Santa
South Haven photojournalist David McCreery uses Federal Express a lot and is fascinated with the tracking feature on the FedEx Web site ( that lets you watch as your package makes its way to its destination.

"I send FedEx packages every few weeks," he says. "Once, I sent a package to Bowling Green and watched it leave Michigan via Flint for Memphis, come back to Flint and then drive to Ohio."

So, this being the holiday season, he decided to FedEx a letter to Santa, wondering: "How far would a package to the North Pole go? How would it get there? Where would it end up? Who would sign for it?"

You can follow the progress of his letter on his personal Web site (, where he posted his letter and the FedEx tracking number.
That is SO GOOD. More and more people should contribute to this. Helicopters should fly over hs house and dump tons upon tons of junk mail letters on his house. People should come to his door and slap him on the face. Then he should be shot :D

/. sux. Everywhere I try to go on their site it just comes up as the home page...
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