Question about spam email addresses on my site

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I keep getting fake email addresses being fed into my site's newsletter (aweber) form.

I assume one spammer is doing this as the method appears consistent. But I can't seem to work out what benefit there is to the spammer in doing this. Could someone who knows please explain it to me? What benefit is there on spamming my aweber list this way?

Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author calvynlee
    probably aweber them self try to increase your subscriber list?
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    • Profile picture of the author tkulzer
      Originally Posted by calvynlee View Post

      probably aweber them self try to increase your subscriber list?
      I'm assuming you're joking since you used a smiley emoticon. To even joke that we might do something like that for revenue purposes is pretty dangerous and couldn't be further from the truth.

      Subscriber quality is something we spend a considerable amount of time and money on. In fact, nearly 40% of subscribe attempts these days come from sources we identify to be bots and the majority of them are filtered out with appropriate with captchas and other methods. Obviously it doesn't catch 100% of those attempts

      Bogus addresses whether intentionally added to do harm by humans, accidents, or bots are a considerable risk to your email delivery rates. This is one of many reasons that we strongly encourage all site owners to use confirmed opt-in on their forms to make sure that the addresses submitted on their site belong to real human beings that want their information.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
        Originally Posted by tkulzer View Post

        I'm assuming you're joking since you used a smiley emoticon. To even joke that we might do something like that for revenue purposes is pretty dangerous and couldn't be further from the truth.

        Subscriber quality is something we spend a considerable amount of time and money on. In fact, nearly 40% of subscribe attempts these days come from sources we identify to be bots and the majority of them are filtered out with appropriate with captchas and other methods. Obviously it doesn't catch 100% of those attempts

        Bogus addresses whether intentionally added to do harm by humans, accidents, or bots are a considerable risk to your email delivery rates. This is one of many reasons that we strongly encourage all site owners to use confirmed opt-in on their forms to make sure that the addresses submitted on their site belong to real human beings that want their information.

        I can vouch for Tom as I know from past experience that he does not screw his customers.


        BTW the emoticon is a "confused emoticon" but we get your point
        ^ Thats a "wink emoticon"


        Good to see you posting Tom. Don't be a stranger.
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  • Profile picture of the author mdallen
    Is the spammer someone you bought an ad or solo from? Maybe they are trying to show how they helped you get "popular".
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  • Profile picture of the author mdallen
    I can't imagine anyone thinking aweber would do that. The major autoresponders get a lot of traffic and their users get tons of sign ups. They would not need to inflate their numbers as the volume is already high without any need to inflate.
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  • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
    Are you offering something in exchange (lead magnet) for subscribing?

    I don't use double opt-in, but rather I put on my squeeze page that X (lead magnet) will be emailed to them. That way they know if they enter in a bogus email that they won't receive it.

    I get very few fake emails.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    I'm assuming you're joking since you used a smiley emoticon. To even joke that we might do something like that for revenue purposes is pretty dangerous and couldn't be further from the truth.
    I'm not saying Aweber does it. I don't know as I gave it up years ago. But I can guarantee people that GR does this very thing and when you talk to support they tell you it has to do with your form.

    The only problem with that BS is I created a second account, signed up two subscribers and then removed the form from my site. What do you know, these bogus addresses kept appearing in the new account to the tune of about 30 per day. Again support claimed it was my (non-existent) form.

    All the fake addresses had ten-digit numbers for the name.

    No doubt in my mind that GR was behind it so you can understand why people might think Aweber is doing the same "Inflation."

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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    They would not need to inflate their numbers as the volume is already high without any need to inflate.
    And the big hosting companies have high volume but they constanly run the "site-lock" scam on unsuspecting newbies. That argument is irrelavent.

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