It has become apparent that many people have been receiving
e-mails purporting to come from Homemade Holidays. The
contents of the e-mails are often of a disturbing and
unpleasant nature. We must categorically state that such e-mails
are NOT being sent by Homemade Holidays.

It seems that we are the victims of a particularly malicious
spam scam called “address mining”. This is where someone
trawls the internet for legitimate e-mail addresses and uses
them as a cover to send out their obnoxious spam mails.
These e-mails usually contain a click through link to take you
to the site which these unprincipled spammers want you to
visit. They also contain an attachment which
downloads malicious software onto your computer.

I have contacted several other people who have also fallen
victim to this scam and it seems that it is a sophisticated and
widespread scheme originating in China and routed through
legitimate businesses in Europe and the U.S.A.

I have also contacted our IT support people who are doing
their utmost to help eliminate this problem, but as these e-
mails are routed through many business addresses it is a
difficult task to keep up with the chase.

I must apologise on behalf of Homemade Holidays if anyone
has suffered distress because of this matter, but I must add
that we are just as much a victim of this scam as the final

These e-mails are being sent out by the hundreds and it only
came to our attention when I received over 1300
“undeliverable” returned e-mails in one day. None of which
emanated from a Homemade Holidays address. I then actually
received several e-mails, apparently from myself, offering to
supply me with dubious pharmaceutical products and other
services upon which I do not care to elaborate.

The numbers of these spam e-mails seems to be diminishing,
but it is still disturbing to know that our good name and
reputation is being besmirched by unprincipled scammers
who do not care how much distress or inconvenience they
cause. Please be assured that Homemade Holidays NEVER sends
spam e-mails, or unsolicited mails shots, with the exception of
press releases to major newspapers and magazines. If you
receive an e-mail which has our address and you are not
expecting one, please be very careful. Legitimate e-mails can
be easily identified by the subject title, which should mean
something to the recipient. If you are in any doubt as to the
legitimacy of any e-mails please call us.

I hope that we will eventually be able to stamp out this
disease, but in the meantime I thank you for your tolerance
and understanding.

Paul Hulme.


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