Here is a little spam info posted by the moderators in:
and then read the ***Daliy Help*** post posted by the moderators.
Report ALL spam to:
Spam from other than WebTV users:
Spam from WebTV users:
If it's a chain letter or pyramid scheme:
If it asks for money through the U.S. Mail:
The following three Spam addy's are from
whiterabbitt aka Joe
If you receive spam from AOL:
For child pornography:
If you need the Federal Bureau of Investigation aka FBI:
If you'd like to find out where the email or the spam came from then first bounce the message and look for the IP (Internet Address) number which looks something like 209.240.198.XXX, which BTW is my IP number except the XXX, which is never the same, and is from a proxy server which another WebTV user could use and does at the same time. Plus the Spam Cop is another tool to track down the quilty. This site will explain the email header after you have bounced the email.
For additional information on spam issues visit http://spam.abuse.net. If you have a legal issue then send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Here's an article which will explain how others "harvest" email addresses and the do's and don't of why not to open spam email.
Have you noticed that spam has increased even if you have deleted all of your cookies? The reason seems to be that search engines are using bots that seek out the mailto: tag on web pages, top 100 sites, web rings and especially guestbooks to name but a few sites naturally seeking emails addresses. So instead of using a hypertext command like <a href="mailto:email_addy_here">click here</a> just use your email address instead w/o the using the above link. Also click mail, settings, junk mail and make sure the block junk mail box is check marked then click done.
If you have ever sent an electronic greeting card over the internet you usually receive a message stating that so and so received the card which means they opened the card. Well spam is the same way so do not open the spam email but simply discard the dirty name. If you open the spam the sender will know that your email address is valid and that will open a big can of worms.
If you are reporting a junk e-mail based solely on the return address, please take a moment to review the following links:
To learn how to report spam so action is taken
To investigate the owners of a numeric IP address
To investigate the owners of a domain name
The Spam Cop is worth a read
From: GarzaAzul@webtv.net (Blue Heron)
If you are deleting your spam without opening but get one you're not sure of, here's how to read it without having to open it. Vortex, the guy who solved my WebTV cut-off problem (a heat problem, BTW), posted this in a WebTV NG. I finally got a spam yesterday so had a chance to try it and it works. The entire body came up in HTML code. Here are his instructions if you want to try it.
Put your cursor over the questionable e-mail, hold down Ctrl & Cmd keys together and look for the number in the status window [they're to the left of the & sign]. It is the id=xxxx and remember the numbers and press your 'Go To' key, erase the http:// and type or paste this into it:
Just substitute the x's with the number you got from the cursor over the e-mail, then, press 'return and you'll see the e-mail message contents and can determine its legitimacy. Now you can send that message [possible spam] to any where you want such as: email@example.com So in effect you have sent a spam message to abuse without opening it.
1) Using a chat room. Spammers use special programs to collect the e-mail addresses shared or displayed. In some cases, spammers themselves will sponsor chat rooms and merrily collect e-mail addresses given by those who register to chat.
2) Using a newsgroup. These popular bulletin board style discussion lists display e-mail addresses of people who submit their views to the group.
3) From infected computers. A friend or a business associate stores your e-mail address in their computer. Unfortunately, their machine is infected with spyware or another malignant program that captures and sends address book information to spammers via the Internet.
4) From Web site contact lists. Many personal and professional Web sites list e-mail addresses as a helpful "contact convenience." It's also convenient for spammers who use programs to automatically search the Internet for such Web pages.
5) By responding to spam e-mail. Reply to a spam message and you confirm the validity of your e-mail address. Congratulations -- you've moved to the top of their lists.
7) From domain name registries. If you own a domain name, your registration information, by law, is accessible to the public. Spammers love to crawl through the domain name registries for e- mail addresses.
8) By chance. Many spammers have programs that generate all the possible combinations of letters and numbers for an e-mail domain and then mass mail their messages to all those combinations.
At least 97 percent of the generated e-mail addresses will be nonexistent. But 3 percent will get through -- and when you mass mail millions of messages, you're still reaching a large number of genuine e-mails despite the high rejection rate. This is why, even if you just opened an e-mail account or you have an address you never share with anyone, you can still end up with spam in your inbox.
(Keith Darnay is the webmaster and designer for bismarcktribune.com. His Web site is at www.darnay.com/iec.
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