I Do Not Send Unsolicited Bulk E-Mail to Strangers
chiDiet.net is an Internet publisher and we make extensive use of email to communicate with our subscribers, authors, seminar customers, book buyers and others who are interested in our products or services.
However, we do not send unsolicited bulk E-mail to lists of people who have not requested to be on one or more of our own e-mail lists such as our free newsletter.
Nor do we rent our email lists to any other commercial organization and we do not participate in groups that combine their lists with others. We serve a very specialized segment of the market and any kind of mass market advertising is a waste of our time and money.
All email you receive from us will either come through anyname @ chidiet.net or through our independent third-party double opt-in email service, anyname @ aweber.com.
Even so - we have discovered that people who are well versed in the use of email can send an email with a false return address. It's an email form of identity theft which is becoming very common.
A number of bulk mailers have been sending out bulk e-mail (spam) with one or more of our email addresses as their return address. We can only speculate as to why this is being done but we are getting complaints from some inexperienced email users who do not seem to understand the limitations of email. We have responded to these complaints with a request for the person who is getting the spam email to send us a complete copy of the offending email so that we can analyze the header information and attempt to locate the source of this attack. If you are not a customer or are not on our newsletter list and have received a promotional email from anyname @ chidiet.net I can assure you it did not come from me or my company.
We have been hearing that this practice of using a disguised return address on an email is becoming very common and that many legitimate web sites are having the same problem. Whenever there is an outbreak of some new virus or worm, we begin to receive automated email from numerous Internet Service Providers informing us that they received a virus from an email that was sent to them from our domain address.
The only other explanation regarding the large amount of this kind of perverse email identity theft that seems to make some sense is that we are openly opposed to the promotion of illegal diet and supplement scams and schemes by unscrupulous promoters. We have most likely persuaded many people not to invest thousands of dollars with various promoters who are making fraudulent promises about their programs.
These promoters may be trying to put us out of business or at least to cause us some expense and aggravation.