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How to actually combat spam
Make it illegal for VISA/Mastercard/etc. to process spamvertised products. The U.S. government just did this with Internet gambling, and the credit card companies promptly stopped handling such transactions for U.S. accounts.

It'd be easy for VISA to cut a large enough chunk out of the business so as to make it unprofitable. All they do is set up a few honeypot email addresses. Then take a fake credit card to all the spamvertised products and see which processors and businesses are handling the product. Then cut them off and reverse their last month's worth of charges automatically.

Sure, there'll still be a lot of spam related to stock pump and dumps, Nigerian scams, and whatnot, that don't depend on credit cards to work. But a ton of it now becomes unprofitable for spammers with the risk their charges get auto-reversed if they are discovered.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: December 18th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Good idea but...

It boils down to who determines what is and is not spam. I foresee a bunch of lawsuits resulting because of 'miss categorized' companies getting the shaft. The cost of the lawsuits would be passed on to the customers of the CC companies in the form of increased fees. The consumer still looses.
gkr From: gkr Date: December 18th, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Good idea but...

If that were the case, you'd see the same with online gambling.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 18th, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Good idea but...

I would think that it would be pretty easy to tell that a business is gambling related. Harder to tell if some business that may sell legit products is a spammer (or not). The same issue exists with RBL's--people get on them by accident all the time and it is pretty difficult to get off them... Like I said good idea, but it is not fool proof by any means.
wire_mother From: wire_mother Date: December 18th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
a good way under that system to combat your competitors would be to advertize their products with spam email. it's not traceable to you, and will cripple your competitors' businesses.
thogs_travels From: thogs_travels Date: December 19th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I hate this idea. Were this to be implemented it would be only a matter of time before the government started effectively censoring the internet. That they do it with gambling is bad enough, and only the start.
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