- Jan 7, 2002
What do you do when you receive SPAM or Spoofing e-mails?
Sorry if I wasn't clear. I didn't mean responding to the spammer.Report it to whom? … don't ever, ever click on the link that says "To remove your name, blah blah blah." … If you respond, you will be deluged.
Not necessarily so much effort. For PayPal and eBay you can simply forward the email to email@example.com or spoof@eBay.com in a few clicks. I don't know what they do with it but I usually send those out. If I get other spoof/phishing emails I often will go through the effort to find where to send it so I can report future abuses across the myriad of email accounts I have from ISP, gmail, schools, work, etc... often I get the same spoof sent to multiple accounts since my username is the same in most places...As for reporting spoofing emails, it takes more effort. You have to 1) go to the spoofed company's website (ebay, amazon, paypal, etc ), 2) find the spoof report form on their website, 3) fill the form and send it. I was wondering if it was worth it.
I see. That would be beyond my abysmal scripting skills. The script would have to find out where to forward each report depending on who routed you the e-mail. Maybe it's possible to create such a script but I wouldn't know.Your script does sound like a nice idea... although I receive e-mail from seven different e-mail providers, so I'm not sure how practical it would be for me to implement.
I have a different mailbox called "Advertising" for ligitimate advertisement e-mails. It uses a rule that gathers emails to it when the "from" field correspond to one of my legitiate advertiser. This way, I don't risk reporting Apple spam to Apple ^_^The other thing is that I use my junk mail box liberally... I send all the advertisements there, but some of them, I look at (e.g. when Guess or Bluefly or sometimes Apple sends me a message -- I send them to junk, but I read them; I delete the ones that want to make my penis bigger automatically. )
I guess I could just forward them all to the inbox of that annoying woman down the hall.I see. That would be beyond my abysmal scripting skills. The script would have to find out where to forward each report depending on who routed you the e-mail. Maybe it's possible to create such a script but I wouldn't know.
I've reported a few to eBay and PayPal as well. They replied confirming it was a spoof email and some info on how to spot them, what to do etc. I didn't find it that useful as I pretty much knew what it was telling me, but I thought it was pretty good that they responded with it.