Freelotto can go to Hell


Every time they try to spam, they are blocked at the server with a message that says:

553 Client host rejected: Refused Blocked due to mail abuse: go away spamming scum

The important part is that 553. That's the code that says this mail can not and will not be delivered--now or tomorrow or any other day. The sender should mark this address as undeliverable and stop using it.

Poorly written ratware, used by spammers like Freelotto, often does not follow the Internet standards. It's hard work to get error handling and list management correct. It's often easier to run broken software and just not worry about it. That's spam economics at work: the financial incentive is to do the wrong thing.

Spam laws, such as the one being considered in Texas and enacted most everywhere else, encourage this sort of behavior. This is an example of opt-out spamming, where the spammer mails you unwanted junk email until you follow instructions in the spam to say, "Stop!" In this case, however, the spam isn't landing in a mailbox and nobody can see the instructions to opt-out. So, I can't make it stop. Even though the spam is filtered before it hits the mailbox, there is an undeniable cost associated with the untold hundreds of unwanted messages my mail server has to handle.

This is an example of why spam laws that depend on opt-out or labeling schemes are a bad solution. They still impose a load on the network and exact a cost on the end user.