company trying to sell anti-spam

Billy A. Pumphrey bpumphrey at WOODMACLAW.COM
Fri Feb 27 15:59:43 GMT 2004


-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Peters [mailto:P.G.M.Peters at] 
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2004 6:22 AM
Subject: company trying to sell anti-spam

Hi folks,

Just had a nice phone talk with somebody from the UK trying to sell me
(as the University) something to block spam. It went something like

"Hi, I am from the UK company zzz. Are you the person responsible for
"Yes, I am."
"Do you have any problems with spam?"
Questionable sound from the UK guy.
"About 50% to 60% of all e-mail is spam."
Happy sound from UK guy.
"But we manage to detect and remove 95% to 98% of it."
"How do you manage that?" asked in a very worrying way.
"We use MailScanner and SpamAssassin."
"For how many user?"
"About 10.000."
"Can I have your name and company again. So we won't be phoning you
again. We can't beat that percentage."

In short: Big thanks Julian.

Peter Peters, senior netwerkbeheerder
Dienst Informatietechnologie, Bibliotheek en Educatie (ITBE)
Universiteit Twente,  Postbus 217,  7500 AE  Enschede
telefoon: 053 - 489 2301, fax: 053 - 489 2383,

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