Btw, just so you know, the new owner is being coached by me, and I am not sure what to tell him.
The spammer is a warrior who cannot be contacted except by snail mail. All emails bounce back that he has listed in the Whois database.
We did manage to block his IP address, but he is using a desktop app to spam the site now.
When I say spam, I mean a ton.
I know I received 708 emails in 4 hrs because he signed up to that many accounts with bogus email address to this article directory.
I run the server the site is on, and receive the kick-backs because I have them all forwarded to a specific account from the main server.
I do have the domain he uses to sign up with because the dumb bugger uses the same one.
Does captcha work? Think it might work in this case? Or at least slow him down?
Also, can we add something in the dot htaccess file other than his IP address? We've done that, and it doesn't help.
Thanks, we'd appreciate any thoughts you might have about the subject.
All the best ...