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Anybody: Need Help With SPAM

Posted by VickiJ on 4/18/01 at 19:44 (045020)

I didn't know where else to turn for help with this issue...I trust you guys here and so I'm asking if anyone knows how to deal with this. Somehow my email address got picked up by people selling porn and I'm suddenly getting lots of horrible mail...I was used to deleting a few unwanted 'sales mail' but this is disgusting...just seeing the 'subject line' creeps me out. Is there any way to filter all that junk or do I have to change my address altogether. Thanks for any help.

Re: Anybody: Need Help With SPAM

Nancy N on 4/18/01 at 19:54 (045025)

Vicki--

I really like the SpamCop service. You can forward the offending email to spamcop@spamcop.net , and they will send you a link that will let you report it to the right people. They also offer a forwarding address (I don't remember if this is a paid option or not, but I don't think it costs too much). The way that works is that you ask people to email you at your forwarding address, and the spam is automatically filtered out for you. You can check it all out at spamcop.net.

I've gotten a lot of stuff like you describe at work in the last week or so, but it seems to have tapered off now. If you report it, the spammers' accounts should be closed, and hopefully they'll lose their list of victims at the same time (no guarantee there, though).

Good luck with it!

Re: Anybody: Need Help With SPAM

Richard, C.Ped on 4/19/01 at 06:22 (045058)

Sometimes at the bottom of their 'sales pitch', there is a link to send back stating that you want to be dropped from their list. The skeptic in me says that this also might allow them to see your email and sell it to others. You can always open a Hotmail account.

Richard

Re: Anybody: Need Help With SPAM

VickiJ on 4/19/01 at 07:16 (045063)

Unfortunately, I have read on antispam sites that the method you suggest only generates more spam...and Hotmail accounts get spammed as well...in fact much of the spam is from forged hotmail accounts!...the child porn ones!!!!!!

Re: Anybody: Need Help With SPAM

Nancy N on 4/19/01 at 08:27 (045068)

Definitely DO NOT respond via any means they offer in an email--that only confirms that they have a real email address and will result in more unwanted mail. Your best bet is to go through SpamCop, which will figure out where the mail really came from (even if it's been forged) and let you get in touch with the right people.

Another tip--don't ever post your email address on a website or a newsgroup. Alter it in some way, like:

myaddress@domain.comNOSPAM or
myaddress@domain.comb or list it as
myaddress at domain dot com

If you do any of these things, though, be sure to include a note in the body of your message how people should alter the address so that it actually works! That will allow 'real' people to get in touch with you, without the spammers being able to use the address you've posted.

Re: Anybody: Need Help With SPAM

Richard, C.Ped on 4/19/01 at 13:20 (045105)

I guess unfortunatly where there is a sick will, there is a sick way.
Richard

Re: Anybody: Need Help With SPAM

VickiJ on 4/19/01 at 19:58 (045148)

Thanks very much for your help Nancy, spamcop is a great site/service. I thought I had been careful about where I had posted my email address (for instance I've never even posted it here) but obviously it 'got out' some way.

Re: Anybody: Need Help With SPAM

Nancy N on 4/18/01 at 19:54 (045025)

Vicki--

I really like the SpamCop service. You can forward the offending email to spamcop@spamcop.net , and they will send you a link that will let you report it to the right people. They also offer a forwarding address (I don't remember if this is a paid option or not, but I don't think it costs too much). The way that works is that you ask people to email you at your forwarding address, and the spam is automatically filtered out for you. You can check it all out at spamcop.net.

I've gotten a lot of stuff like you describe at work in the last week or so, but it seems to have tapered off now. If you report it, the spammers' accounts should be closed, and hopefully they'll lose their list of victims at the same time (no guarantee there, though).

Good luck with it!

Re: Anybody: Need Help With SPAM

Richard, C.Ped on 4/19/01 at 06:22 (045058)

Sometimes at the bottom of their 'sales pitch', there is a link to send back stating that you want to be dropped from their list. The skeptic in me says that this also might allow them to see your email and sell it to others. You can always open a Hotmail account.

Richard

Re: Anybody: Need Help With SPAM

VickiJ on 4/19/01 at 07:16 (045063)

Unfortunately, I have read on antispam sites that the method you suggest only generates more spam...and Hotmail accounts get spammed as well...in fact much of the spam is from forged hotmail accounts!...the child porn ones!!!!!!

Re: Anybody: Need Help With SPAM

Nancy N on 4/19/01 at 08:27 (045068)

Definitely DO NOT respond via any means they offer in an email--that only confirms that they have a real email address and will result in more unwanted mail. Your best bet is to go through SpamCop, which will figure out where the mail really came from (even if it's been forged) and let you get in touch with the right people.

Another tip--don't ever post your email address on a website or a newsgroup. Alter it in some way, like:

myaddress@domain.comNOSPAM or
myaddress@domain.comb or list it as
myaddress at domain dot com

If you do any of these things, though, be sure to include a note in the body of your message how people should alter the address so that it actually works! That will allow 'real' people to get in touch with you, without the spammers being able to use the address you've posted.

Re: Anybody: Need Help With SPAM

Richard, C.Ped on 4/19/01 at 13:20 (045105)

I guess unfortunatly where there is a sick will, there is a sick way.
Richard

Re: Anybody: Need Help With SPAM

VickiJ on 4/19/01 at 19:58 (045148)

Thanks very much for your help Nancy, spamcop is a great site/service. I thought I had been careful about where I had posted my email address (for instance I've never even posted it here) but obviously it 'got out' some way.