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Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by DebbieSprules, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. DebbieSprules

    DebbieSprules Senior Member

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    emailing members listed on it?

    if the members are publishing their email addresses?

    what can a website do to you if they catch you?
     
  2. kireol

    kireol Junior Member

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    Hi Debbie,

    I'm new here, but I'll chime in.

    Short answer, Yes and no! But to answer definitively, more info is needed.

    1)are you harvesting them to send out later
    2)Are the emails listed on the website without clicking a button.

    I'll give some examples.
    If you are scraping and harvesting emails to save and use a program to email later, then you won't get caught. I wrote a program to scrape emails from a REALTOR web site, and got thousands, which I loaded into an email program and sent later.

    If the web site makes you click a button to see the email address or to send an email to the members, then your chance of getting banned or caught is much greater. Some sites don't actually show you the email address, but simply allow you to send an email. If this is the case, you may still want to try sending emails, but make sure that you do it as fast as possible. What will most likely happen is that you start sending emails, someone that you sent an email to alerts the site moderator, and the moderator bans you.

    If the web site just freely posts the emails without any action other than viewing the page, then you are in luck. Chance of getting caught is nearly zero.

    If this is a member only site, they can ban the account. They may also ban the IP you used, so use a proxy when you do this.
     
  3. DebbieSprules

    DebbieSprules Senior Member

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    The user has to click a button "contact" this person. and they're email address is present there.

    The trouble is, some of the members contacted only publish their details on one site. There is a warning on the pages which says, "only contact this person for xyz"

    That said we are completely untraceable.

    The worse they can do is report the site for spam right?
     
  4. kireol

    kireol Junior Member

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    report the site for spam, yup.
    Moderator can ban IPs/account
    some states have email spam laws, but I wouldnt worry about it in the context you are talking about.


    The best approach would be a custom script that clicks the button and emails. I'd get this script wrote for sure, then your chance of getting all the emails out before the ban hammer comes is much greater.

    Another tip would be to check the HTML source code and see if the email address is hidden in the html. Then you harvest all of the emails and have them at your disposal and nobody would be the wiser.

    Any way you do it, remember, use proxies. it's like a condom ;)
     
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  5. richcamp

    richcamp Regular Member

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    Any email unsolicited can be categorized as spam no matter where you get the email from.

    I've had my domain banned for spamming though nothing happen to me personally.
     
  6. DebbieSprules

    DebbieSprules Senior Member

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    hahhahaha condom......