This is a
short "HOW TO" for fighting spam, Fighting spam
takes self-control and knowledge of what you are
doing, so if you would like to begin fighting spam,
here's a sort of a starter course for you. So if
you've decided you've had enough of JHD (Just Hit
Delete) and would like to fight back for your Inbox
this is a way to get started.
- What you'll need:
understanding that you will NOT stop spam overnight,
and a determination to hit spammers where it will
hurt them: In the Pocket Book and Wallets! It
is the ONLY way to stop them orher than direct
action by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission at
FTC.gov. Personally I have been a spamfighter for
nearly 20 years so it's second nature for me and
quick to do thanks to my experience.
- An e-mrail
address that is NOT important to you!
Preferably one which you can delete, modify or
create new e-mail addresses on. Hotmail,
Yahoo, and hundreds of other sources are available
to you. Personally I have an account at
Spamcop,net for this purpose.
- Know how to
parse an e-mail and pull meaningful information from
its headers. This can take some time and
experience to get right, but practice makes
perfect! More on this to come.
- A Reporting
mechanism. In my case I currently use Spamcop.NET to
initially parse and prepare reports on spammers,
although you can do so manually or with several
other good sites available. Note the Capitalized NET
in the URL for spamcop: That's because there is also
a spamcop.COM which is a completely different, and
useless, website for spam reporting and killing.
has several advantages over other sites, but I am
open to suggestions if anyone has any. It
will auto-parse spams for you and make suggestions
as to whom whould receive the reports. You
choose which of the suggestions to use by ticking
or clearing ticks. It also allows you to copy
others on the spam complaint, as in, email@example.com, an FTC collection point for spams that is made available to police agencies who use the database to choose the worst of the worst and fine and/or jail the perpetrators.
- "Killing a
spammer" in spam fighter lingo actually means
depleting his profits to the point where he no
longer has any reason to continue to spam.
- When I have the time I will try to add more details and specifics to actually fight spam successfully.
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