Fight Spam E-Mailing
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to your mailbox ?
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Join the "Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial
Fight against this SPAMing by
reporting SPAMMERS ! ! !
Most e-Mail accounts on the Internet state in their Terms and
Conditions (TOC ),
that their server is NOT used for mass-e-mailing.
I suggest to forward any received SPAM e-mail to the
"Postmaster" and/or "Webmaster"
of the server, from which the SPAM e-mail was received (example: firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Most popular e-mail servers offer a special address to report
abuse of e-mail:
It does not help always, but it make the live
of the SPAMMERs more difficult, if their
e-mail accounts are getting terminated !
(Mailing back to the SPAMMER itself ,
requesting to stop the sending of such mails to you, is in my
useless, it actually helps them because now the know that the
e-mail address is actually existing and not a fake )
As example, please find below an answer from
Yahoo, when I reported such an e-mail abuse:
Thank you for reporting this incident
to Yahoo!. Mass distribution of unsolicited email messages (or
violates the Yahoo! Terms of Service (TOS).
Although it does not appear that this message originated from the
Yahoo! Mail system, there is a "@yahoo.com"
address within the message or message headers, and we believe
that this account was being used in connection
with the unwanted email message. Consequently, we have taken
appropriate action against this account as per
If, in the future, you receive an unwanted email message that
appears to derive from a Yahoo! Mail account, please
include the following in your report of email abuse to assist us
in a prompt and full evaluation of your report:
1) Original subject line. Please forward the email with a subject
identical to the original subject.
2) Complete headers. Email programs often display abbreviated
To learn how to display the full headers in a Yahoo! Mail
account, please visit our Help Desk at:
If you are using a different client to read your email, please
consult your email program's help system for more
information on viewing full headers.
3) Complete message body. Please include the complete, unedited
content of the email message in question.
Please do not change or edit the message in any way.
If reports of email abuse are missing any one of these three
items, it may take longer for the Yahoo! Mail Abuse
Team to properly investigate and take appropriate action.
Thank you for working with us to keep Yahoo! a friendly email
environment. In the future, if you receive an
unwanted email message that appears to derive from a Yahoo! Mail
account, please forward the message
including original subject line, full Internet headers and full
message body to us at:
Yahoo! Customer Care
When reporting such SPAM e-Mail, be aware that
SPAM mail often tries to "cover its tracks":
||Outlook Express allows to define your
E-mail address and Reply-address,
which does NOT have to correspond
with the actual e-mail address, from which
the SPAM message was send.
When getting a SPAM e-mail (I tried to
make an example below):
find the Internet e-mail header, which is often NOT listed (like
in Outlook Express,
but can be viewed in the message-window, NOT
the preview window, by selecting
the menu : File / Properties:
Select with the cursor all text, then
right-click to get the Context-menu
and "Copy" the
to add it them later via "Paste"
message reporting the mail-abuse.
But even mail-header can be
modified to hide the sender of the
- have a look from which server
the message was received
If you are in doubt because you see
multiple servers in the header section,
then report it to BOTH servers !
This is the e-mail header of the message reported, where Yahoo
decided to act on:
Received: from 22.214.171.124
by sphmgaab.compuserve.com (8.9.3/8.9.3/SUN-1.9) with SMTP id
Sun, 7 Jan 2001 05:02:07 -0500 (EST)
Date: Sun, 7 Jan 2001 05:02:07 -0500 (EST)
From: "Richelle" <email@example.com>
Subject: Earn money from home compiling MAILING LIST! Fun and
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
even if you think that the e-mail address was
forged: report it.
Example: a reply back from MSN Hotmail:
Thanks for your message to MSN Hotmail.
This is <name removed> and i am writing in response to your
inquiry regarding unsolicited
We have checked the account that you have reported and found out
that it has been forged.
We have actively pursued legal action against many of these
spammers who are forging addresses
using the Hotmail domain and would like to thank you for taking
the time to forward the message
you received to our Abuse Team.
Should you receive any other unsolicited e-mail with the Hotmail
domain name in either the
header information or the body of the message, please forward it
to firstname.lastname@example.org so that
we can investigate each instance.
We encourage you to visit the following links to learn more about
spam, forged message headers, and how to complain about e-mail
The Anti-Spam HOWTO:
MSN Hotmail Customer Support