Spam


Are you receiving more spam than mail?
This page will help you find ways to reduce or eliminate the amount of spam in your email box.
Here are some simple tips to eliminate or reduce spam.

There are several alternatives that you can use short of changing your email address.
There is a software program that I have used for some time now and it is a very good one.
Whether you simply want to eliminate spam as quickly and easily as possible or
the power to fight back, SpamBully (free trial version available) the tool of choice.
$29.95 will get you the registered version.


No other solution offers so many features, or is as easy to set up and use.

YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS WORTH MONEY !
Spammers buy and sell your email address, it's a hot commodity.
Here are some common sense steps  that you can take, that won't cost you a thing.
 

1) Don't reply to chain letters that promises something free, you know the one's like,
send this message to 10 friends and receive a $1000.00 check from Microsoft or Levi Strausse & Co.
Most of these are viable email address collection schemes.
Watch especially the contest sites, these are notorious for selling your address.
2) Don't reply to any email that has multiple recipients on the header, or has a blank recipient or sender.
3) Many times the senders address or domain header is forged to look like it came from another domain.
4) Don't sign up for mailings on web pages that offer to send you news letters or to forward your address
to affiliates or related sites, or Opt-in lists ,,,, you'll end up with a mail box full of junk in no time.
5) If you must sign up for something on a web page, check the sites privacy policy first.
Most reputable sites have a privacy policy, and won't sell your email address to anyone else. (Watch for
those check boxes) that are sometimes obscure for a reason, that left unchecked , will include sending you junk from
related sites.
6) Sign up for a Free Web Based email address that you can use for the sites you are not sure about.
Watch how fast it fills up, after you sign up for a few things. You can check it once a month or so just to check
and make sure you haven't been sent something you really wanted.  At least you won't have to sort through
the muck everyday.
7) Some mails come with a removal link at the bottom,,, should legally be there.
Although spammers have got you there too, many times I have used the link to remove, only to find that the
link does not work or it only adds your address to the senders list of addresses to sell someone else.
 

Unfortunately, forged headers are one of the most common ploys used by spammers, as it misdirects complaints about spam e-mail to other ISPs.
Most  ISP's prohibit spam. For additional information and resources regarding spam, go to:
http://supportservices.msn.com/us/.  Under "Get Savvy", click on "Online Safety". Should you come across this issue, below are quick tips to help you determine if an e-mail address has been forged:

To find out where the mail really came from
You can read the header (IP Address) of an email to determine the ISP from which the email originated.
In Outlook Express as with most email programs, you can view the header by highlighting the email,
click "File" in the tool bar, click "Properties" and click the "Details" tab.
A sample IP Address will look like this:  207.46.181.18

You usually read a header "backward" from the bottom to the top. (*Please note* There are a few e-mail programs that do not follow this rule.)  Look for the first line that says, "Received" then start working your way up the header (line by line) until you find the first IP Address.  You can then search for this IP Address on http://combat.uxn.com/ by entering it into the "IP Whois" query. This tool will match the IP Address to the originating ISP.  You can then send your complaint to the Abuse Department of the ISP identified (abuse@<insert ISP>.com) and include the full, unedited copy of the offending message and its header.

This will usually end up having the offending sender's ISP send a message to him to desist or his account be will be closed.
That is why spammers have to change ISP's like underwear.
Also there maybe domain names or web site links included in the header that are used to bounce or retrieve positive hits of return mail.. these too can be turned off by the offending users ISP or host.
 

Other useful spam remedies and links

http://spam.abuse.net/
http://www.spamrecycle.com/
http://www.mailshell.com/mail/client/fd.html
http://supportservices.msn.com/us/
http://www.spamkiller.com