Author: L.King (14 Jan 10 7:25pm)
For starters, I'm not associated with the honey pot project in any official way except that I have a domain that contains a Honey Pot and my web pages do contain links to my honey pot and to honey pots hosted by others.
I think I'm sorry for your lose of income, but you have few thing wrong about the process.
As I said, my web pages do have links to honey pots. NONE of those links are visible to a human visitor unless they look at the page source code. If a spider/bot/harvester or what ever visits one of my pages AND follows a link to a Honey Pot that is only step one.
Step 2. If a visitor to the honey pot were to read the web page presented, they would see all sorts of legal speak that boils down to 'do not collect' any email addresses from this page. As with the links, there are no visible email addresses on the honey pot's web page. A spider/bot/harvester could see a special email address.
Step 3. If the invisible email address is collected, still no foul. However, when an email is sent to the email address collected from a honey pot, then it is known that the intentions are not in accordance with 'good behavior' (my words).
If you read some more you will see that the email addresses collected from a honey pots do identify the IP address that collected them. So when an email is received by the honey pot project it is known which IP address collected email address, and when.
So back to your analogy, not only did your person act suspiciously, they went someplace that was hidden, they picked up some money that was hidden next to a sign that said 'don't take this money', and then the person spent that money. Now all considered, there can be no claim that this person was holding the money for safe keeping or that they didn't know to leave it alone.
So like I said, I 'think' I'm sorry you lost income, but based on what you have posted, I'm not sure.