Tips On Reducing SPAM
Determining Where The Message Came From
As with anything in life there will always be those choice few people that ruin a good thing for everyone else.
In this case I am referring to SPAM. UCE, UBE- call it what you wish. It is all SPAM and the average Internet user is tired of it.
If you are on the Internet and you have at least one e-mail address you probably are already familiar with the never-ending stream of un-solicited e-mails with headlines such as
"INVESTORS: 54% Return in 6 months... ", "Golden Opportunity!" and many other subjects of similar quality.
It all falls into the same category. SPAM. And the lusers that actually send out these bulk advertisements are counting on one thing -
They are counting on the fact that the recipient of these un-solicited pieces of garbage will be gullible enough to actually believe they will get rich or make a quick buck by responding.
Stay tuned to this section as I will be including some handy tips on how to deal with SPAM. Tips on who to complain to and how to rid your mailbox of this un-wanted garbage.
To reduce your chances of receiving large amounts of un-solicited e-mail, here are a few suggestions.
- Use caution in posting your e-mail address on public web sites. A lot of companies will ask you to fill out forms prompting you for your e-mail address, etc.
Although their intentions may be right in asking for this information, sometimes the information ends up in the wrong hands and you are targeted for large SPAM runs as a result.
- If you design your own web pages try this. In your "mailto" links include %20 in front of your e-mail address. It will look something like this -
<a href="mailto:%email@example.com">E-mail Me</a>
This will throw off some of the SPAM robots which scour for e-mail addresses by putting a space in front of your e-mail address. The link still works if you click on it however it screws with the robot.
- If you post to newsgroups on a frequent basis, consider putting "nospam" in front of your e-mail address in your news reader properties. e.g.; firstname.lastname@example.org. Often spammers
will use robots to spider newsgroups and collect e-mail addresses. You might put a disclaimer on your post that says to remove "nospam"
from your address for serious correspondents. SPAMMERS are lazy, they will not take the time to read this.
- DO NOT respond to SPAM mail. E-mail that has disclaimers such as "Hit reply and type REMOVE in the subject
line to be removed from our list" are generally bogus. By replying your are merely verifying your address exists.
- Exercise the same caution in chat rooms and other communications programs such as ICQ.
There are a lot of great utilities available to help you rid your box of un-wanted e-mail. One of my favorites is a freeware utility called E-Mail Remover.
It is available from any Tucows mirror or from the authors home page.
This program is easy to set up and has some handy features included.
Once configured, you can open E-mail Remover and it will check your POP3 mailbox. You will then be presented with a list of e-mail headers
showing the From address, Subject and Size of any e-mail in your box. Click once on any message with your left mouse button and it will be flagged for deletion.
Right click on the message and you will have other options like view first 100 lines, etc. Once you have selected the messages you want to get rid of click Next and E-mail remover will launch your pre-configured mail program
where you will be able to safely download your mail without worry of what kind of SPAM is going to be there.
In accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 47, Chapter 18 lusers that send un-solicited e-mail to lynndust.com users will be fined to the maximum allowed amount of $10 per message or $5,000 per day.
Read full text of Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 47, Chapter 18 at suespammers.org.