Overview of spam from Special-fx.com
26 Oct 2007
Note: Automated spam monitoring stopped several years
ago. These web pages are maintained for historical reasons. Some
may be updated from time to time as news about the individual sites
No spam today
General information about Special-fx.com
Added 4 Sept 1997. Special-FX.com was a major porn spammer.
Special-FX was the same as, or closely associated with
No spam has been seen from May, 1998 to March 1999. In late March
1999, porn spam for Adultage.com and Knotwork.com began again.
No spam has been seen since 1999.
Sfx has adopted an anti-spam policy. This file exists for purely
Adultage was hosted by Special-FX and Knotwork was closely associated
with Special-FX. I am informed that there is no longer an association
with adultage.com, Escort Guide, or Mark Graham Metson
I am informed by Peter Stuczynski that he has not been associated with
Andrew Chandler for years.
Special-FX.com, kesl, Escort Guide, knotwork.com
and so on were probably all part of the same "spamglomerate" often
referred to as AdultAge. See their web page at
http://www.adultage.com for more
information. AdultAge is another "adult verification service" which
drums up business by spamming.
Ownership & Contact Info
Special FX Communications SPECIAL-FX-DOM
PO Box 415
Grafton, MA 01519
Domain Name: SPECIAL-FX.COM
Administrative Contact, Billing Contact:
Stuczynski, Gayle spfx@SPECIAL-FX.COM
Hostmaster (HO1376-ORG) hostmaster@SPECIAL-FX.COM
Special FX Communications
PO Box 415
Grafton , MA 01519
Fax- - (XXX)XXX-XXXX
Record last updated on 06-Dec-2000.
Record expires on 06-Nov-2001.
Record created on 05-Nov-1996.
Database last updated on 21-Aug-2001 04:42:00 EDT.
Domain servers in listed order:
Special-FX.com is also known as, or closely connected to:
Here are some assorted contacts:
As always, phone calls are more effective than email.
- Administrative Contact: Hecox, Gayle,
- Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
Metson, Mark, aa332@CHEBUCTO.NS.CA,
(902) 454-1615 or
- Stuczynski, Peter,
Advanced Computer Services,
P.O. Box 415,
Grafton, MA 01519,
- Hoyt, David, dhoyt@OEM.NET,
(617) 204-0200, Fax: (617) 204-0210
- 4 Sept 1997: Added to tracking list.
- 8 Sept 1997: Special-FX now seems to be hosted by UUNet
- 16 April 1998: Now spamming through MCI
- 18 May 1998: Now spamming through AT&T. This is the last
recorded spam from SFX.
- 13 Feb 1999: SFX sent me a letter demanding that I
remove this web page. They claim to have adopted a
"0% spam tolerance policy"
- 24 Feb 1999: SFX is now threatening to sue me.
- 21 Aug 2001: SFX has written to inform me that:
... this information is about
as old as the begining of time. We have no association with
adultage.com, Escort Guide, or Mark Graham Metson. THis information on
your page is completely worthless.
From: Cum-Teens <email@example.com>
Subject: MARVELOUS TOTALLY FREE YOUNG and CUM-SOAKED Teens site!
Date: 27 Mar 1999 08:59:19 GMT
X-Newsposter: NewsReader 1.1
MARVELOUS TOTALLY FREE CUM-SOAKED TEENS SITE!!!
TOTALLY MARVELOUS YOUNG CUM-SOAKED TEENS!! TOTALLY FREE!!!
ALSO FREE ADULT PASSWORDS THAT GET YOU INTO HUNDREDS MORE
TOTALLY MARVELOUS ADULT SITES OF EVERY SORT!
I am an eager collector of YOUNG CUM-SOAKED TEEN images,
I have collected some of the finest shots ever, and now
I have my own TOTALLY MARVELOUS web site ...
So I can finally show them off! Cum see them right now,
Visit http://sex-site.worthseeing.cc/cumteens/ NOW!
Analysis: The web site advertised in this spam was a click-through
to the sites ADULTAGE.COM and ADULT.KNOTWORK.NET.
This is one sample spam. Posted from a Bellsouth news server
but advertising a site belonging to Special-FX, as indicated by the
209.113.217 net block.
Subject: ALL TIED AND FUCKED 64487
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 22:34:15 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 22:34:15 EST
WARNING! THIS SITE IS BANNED IN SOME COUNTRIES
ALL KINDS OF BIZARRE ,BONDAGE, LEATHER, FETISHES
MIDGETS, PREGNANT TEENS,FISTING AND A WHOLE LOT MORE
INCREDIBLE BIZARRE LIVE VIDEOS
Here are the headers of the most recent spam (message body not available:)
Subject: Blo-Job Bonanza 94121
Date: Monday, 18 May 1998 22:18:26 -0600
X-Post-Time: 18 May 1998 13:14:57 GMT
Here is one from 1996:
From: Special FX Communications <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: $50 per minute for your XXX amateur videos
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 1996 21:10:11 -0500
Organization: Special FX Communications
Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary="------------7852544A46DE"
X-Mailer: Mozilla 3.0 (Win95; I)
D.E.G. Will pay you up to $50 per minute
For your original amateur or homemade XXX rated video
See netnews article
"Spam Cancel Report, BI = 426.000 (spfx/BOCA.NET): Tue Dec 30"
for more examples of headers.
See netnews thread
"I Am A 'Computer Hippy' and an 'Immature Nerd'" for an extended
discussion of Special-FX. I especially liked
To report spam, contact one or more of
A complete history may also be available.
- Only a small subset of usenet (261 groups) was sampled. Only
articles that hadn't been cancelled yet were counted. Actual
spam may have been much greater.
- Heuristics that detect single-posted articles are, by their very
nature, somewhat shaky. Innocent articles may be tagged as spam
because they share certain characteristics or keywords with
actual spam. In particular, a posted spam complaint that includes
the spam in its entirety will very often be identified as spam.
- Some posts may be forgeries intended to look like they came
- The first entry in the history file is not used to compute peak
or average spam counts, as this entry covers an unknown number of days.
This may cause an apparent disreprency between spam totals and spam
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