I review books.
I submit these book reviews to various mailing lists, where the topic is appropriate.
I also run mailing lists (on Yahoo, Topica, and now Google) that carry the full set of reviews.
Somebody keeps on subscribing “email@example.com” to my lists.
firstname.lastname@example.org bounces any traffic to it. It tells you to contact Amazon’s help Web site.
As anyone who has tried it knows, Amazon’s help pages are massively unhelpful. (They may be of some marginal assistance if you have placed an order that hasn’t come: not ever having purchased anything through Amazon I wouldn’t know.)
I keep removing and banning email@example.com from my lists. It keeps coming back.
I have tried contacting Amazon.com. It is impossible to get past the first level of what is laughingly known as “support.” Their position is that Amazon doesn’t do that. (It is not entirely clear that they have a firm idea of what “that” is.)
It is possible that someone has been spamming out messages using firstname.lastname@example.org as a return address. If that were the case, why wouldn’t the address show up on my (many) other mailing lists that are not directly related to books?
It is possible that someone has been trying to set up Amazon by trying to subscribe this address to my book review list. However, if that person were not associated with Amazon, how would they obtain the response that Yahoo (and other mailing list systems) sends back to confirm that the address is good?
It is possible that someone at Amazon, buried deeply enough in the IT area that they have access to the email@example.com account, is so technically incompetent that they neither know nor care how annoying this is. At the moment, that seems the most likely option …