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Re: Stopping SPAM
From Linda on 18 March '99
replying to Stopping SPAM posted by wes

Hi, Wes,

I know what you mean--I became a serious spam fighter after putting up my Web site over a year ago.

Unfortunately, spammers habitually forge headers and bounce their messages off of foreign relays to hide their source. At best, complaining to the spammer will usually get you a failed mail message. At worst, it will get your e-mail address added to more junk mail lists.

Here are some great resources for learning about spam and how to stop it:

Sam Spade is a spam-tracker's heaven: Whois, Traceroute, reverse phone number lookups, etc., all on one page: http://www.samspade.org/classic/.

Tutorials for tracking spam can be found at http://www.ao.net/waytosuccess/reportspam.html and http://dlis.gseis.ucla.edu/people/pagre/spam.html#Spammers.

Anti-spam groups: CAUCE (Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-mail) http://www.cauce.org and Junkbusters http://www.junkbusters.com/.

My own article on spam is at http://www.tp.net/tp/users/formichelli/spam.htm.

Certain US states have laws against spam. If you live in one of these states, you can sue spammers or report them to the attorney general. If your state is considering instituting a junk e-mail law, you can write in support. For information, see http://www.tigerden.com/junkmail/laws.html.

For those who are serious about stopping spam, check out the SPAM-L e-mail discussion list. For a FAQ and information on how to subscribe, go to http://oasis.ot.com/~dmuth/spam-l/. This resource is mostly for ISPs and admins, but they also welcome serious spam fighters.

Any questions? E-mail me at linda at tp dot net (munged to avoid spam harvesting software!).




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