The primitive spamtrap

Other names often encountered

Pristine spam trap, classic spam trap, active spamtrap, honeypot

What is it?

Originally, it was the only type of spamtrap that existed (hence its original spamtrap name).

And it's the worst of the worst. Primitive spamtraps are designed to trap genuine spammers, i.e. those who allow themselves to collect email addresses by extraction, in violation of the legislation. It should be noted that collecting addresses using capture software does not respect either the principle of prior consent (opt-in, required for B2C communications), or the principle of the right of opposition at the time of collection (opt-out, tolerated for B2B).

Primitive spamtraps are created by ESPs (e. g. Orange), security solution providers (e. g. Trend Micro), or anti-spam organizations (e. g. SpamHaus). They are posted on websites or forums. These addresses are often (but not always) invisible to the naked eye, the main purpose being to trap robots, which can collect addresses that are displayed in white on white or only visible in the HTML code of a web page.

How to protect yourself against it?

Never collect addresses with robots! File exchanges between partners are also an excellent way to introduce spamtraps into your own files. Even if you are confident, you never have control over how a partner file has actually been built, and unfortunately there are many unpleasant surprises.

Finally, the "low-cost" files sold on the web are offered at such prices because they are most often created without effort, by robots. So, acquiring this type of database is very dangerous for your reputation as a sender, and consequently for our reputation as a router. This is why the use of such files is strictly prohibited by the OxiMailing license agreement.


Other types of spamtraps

The recycled spamtrap
 The typo trap


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