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    Ticketmaster = Name-Selling Lowlifes

    A while back I bought a couple of event tickets online through Ticketmaster. As I usually do, I created a unique e-mail address for the transaction, so I could see if the website operators (Ticketmaster) were distributing my address to others for marketing purposes. (I create a unique address, then set it to forward to one of my "real" addresses. By looking at the To: field, I can tell where the address originated.) Since then, I've received a flurry of spam messages, all addressed to my "special" Ticketmaster address. The ONLY place I have used that address has been in a single transaction with Ticketmaster, so there is no doubt at all where the spammers got my address.

    I've been using this spam tracking method for probably 10 years or more, and this is the only real egregious case of name-selling I've seen in all those years. I was going to send them a message to let them know I'll be reporting them to the FCC and FTC, but their website has no contact information as far as I can tell. Why am I not surprised?
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    ok now yu got a batch of spam, yu should be all set for winter actually now that yu have it how do you get rid of it vaughn?
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    Folks like you (and me) used to be called paranoid for taking such precautions. Turns out we've always just been sensible . Even before there was such a thing as a personal computer I used to use an incrementing middle initial when subscribing to magazines or making catalog orders. This allowed me to find out who was selling my snail-mail address to 'spray and pray' advertisers. Still after 30 years or more I will occasionally get something in my mailbox for Glenn X. Bradley or Glenn Z. Bradley. These lists never die . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    I was going to send them a message to let them know I'll be reporting them to the FCC and FTC, but their website has no contact information as far as I can tell. Why am I not surprised?
    C'mon Vaughn, you're geek enough to solve this one...

    1- whois record is here. (which includes a ticketmaster tech contact email)

    2- 411.com gives us the phone number of ticketmaster administrative offices.

    3- google gives me the ticketmaster privacy policy... Hmm, that includes an email address to their legal department.

    4- As an exercise to the reader there is also the option of contacting the tech contact of your local newspaper. Or maybe wired.com might be a good one...
    There's usually more than one way to do it...
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    Well done on the catch Vaughn. Strike one more for the good guys. Thats one reason i have been migrating all my mail to my Yahoo account. For those that dont know in Yahoo mail you can create spam busting email addresses that you can simply terminate or block. Go to mail options on the top right hand side of the screen and you can set up all sorts of spam filtering.
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    At least you were able to buy tickets.
    Most Ticketmaster stories I hear involve 15,000 tickets being sold out in eight seconds. Then, to get a ticket you have to pay 3 to 4X more from a scalper, who, somehow, is legal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    ...actually now that yu have it how do you get rid of it vaughn?
    I generally just delete any spam that makes its way through my filters. For the Ticketmaster spam, I've got that account set up now to just bounce the message back to the sender as undeliverable, with a little extra message telling them what I think of Ticketmaster. (The CoC prevents me from sharing that message here.)

    Thanks for the legwork, Art. I hadn't really gone digging yet...you saved me some time. It's not like I really expect to make any difference, but I can at least feel that I've tried.

    Glenn, I used to also subscribe to things using the names of my dogs. Brujo McMillan was a long-time member of the Columbia Record Club.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    At least you were able to buy tickets.
    Most Ticketmaster stories I hear involve 15,000 tickets being sold out in eight seconds. Then, to get a ticket you have to pay 3 to 4X more from a scalper, who, somehow, is legal.
    And is often a wholly owned subsidiary of Ticketmaster.

    I just assume that I have absolutely no privacy whatsoever. That way I'm pleasantly surprised when I have to write 8 letters to get all my medical records gathered together after a move.

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    I went to buy tickets to a concert and balked at the $10+ "convienience fee" per ticket. Best tickets available were right stage, second section back. I went downtown Mpls. to the theatre, saved the $40 fee and got front row, center section. No more ticketmaster for me. The theatre told me they are given so many premium tickets to sell and I was one of the first.

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