[CQ-Contest] onslaught of spam via my arrl.net email address

contesting at w2irt.net contesting at w2irt.net
Mon Jul 1 22:07:38 EDT 2019

I gave up on forwarders many years ago for this precise reason. The League's forwarder is horrible in that regard and for every wanted email I got easily 500 spams. I have my callsign as a domain now and created several IMAP mailboxes for different aspects of the hobby (contesting, mailing lists, DX alerts, etc) and I find that to be far better, since my ISP does an excellent job at filtering out junk.

Peter, W2IRT


-----Original Message-----
From: CQ-Contest <cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com> On Behalf Of Barry
Sent: Saturday, June 29, 2019 7:40 AM
To: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] onslaught of spam via my arrl.net email address

I emailed the League, at Ria's suggestion via PM, and got this response:

Dear Barry:
I am sorry to hear your .net email has been targeted and understand how aggravating this can be. However, the reason you are receiving these emails is because the sender has not been flagged as a known spammer. I would also like to point out this is not specific to your ARRL.net email address. Phishing and spamming emails are known tactics for people and organizations looking to obtain personal information. I would first point you to the ARRL Privacy Policy
(http://www.arrl.org/privacy-policy) where section 2 states what data is shared and with who we share it. So, just as the USPS doesn’t open your mail, we do not look at the contents of an email forwarded through our system.

Second, there are many ways phishing, spamming, or junk email senders could have gotten their hands on your email address. Here are some of the more common ways they do; • Compromised Email (You or someone you have emailed had their inbox compromised in one way or another and your address was there.) • Mailing Lists (Signing up for some promotions allows those companies to distribute your email address for a revenue kick back.) • Trojans or Adware (These two are very common and collect data on your system, sending it back out to the developer.)

Your options going forward would be to either; immediately delete emails you’ve received from a sender you do not recognize or to cease using the ARRL.net email forwarding service.

Regards / 73

Liz H Karpiej KA1DTU
Member Services Representative
ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio®
225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111-1400 USA
Tel: Toll Free (US) 1-888-277-5289 or (860) 594-0200
FAX: (860) 594-0303
web: www.arrl.org email: ekarpiej at arrl.org

On 6/28/2019 8:03 PM, rjairam at gmail.com wrote:
> (Un)fortunately the league does have spam filters for forwards. 
> Sometimes things get caught in them that shouldn’t be. It’s not a 
> comprehensive filter from what I’ve seen. It’s pretty basic.
> That said, I still list my n2rj at arrl.net <mailto:n2rj at arrl.net> and 
> n2rj at arrl.org <mailto:n2rj at arrl.org> addresses for public listings.
> Ria
> N2RJ
> On Fri, Jun 28, 2019 at 9:49 PM Sterling Mann <kawfey at gmail.com 
> <mailto:kawfey at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     I got a barrage as well but my gmail spam filter has caught all of it.
>     Since it's a public email address I expect to receive lots of spam
>     and I
>     have my email rules set up to manage it well. I'd rather it be in my
>     control rather than ARRL because several @yahoo email domains
>     among others
>     get caught in spam, and I want to see that in my own spam folder
>     rather
>     than have them block it before I ever see it.
>     -Sterling N0SSC
>     On Thu, Jun 27, 2019 at 8:34 AM Barry <w2up at comcast.net
>     <mailto:w2up at comcast.net>> wrote:
>     > In the last few days, I've gotten a ton of spam sent to my
>     callsign at
>     > arrl.net <http://arrl.net>. Anybody else getting this?  Should I
>     contact someone at arrl
>     > about this?
>     >
>     > Barry W2UP
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