Re: Is there a new Virus going around

From: David H. Lipman (DLipman~nospam~_at_Verizon.Net)
Date: 02/10/05

Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2005 22:53:02 -0500


I think Sandy knows all that and she uses pseudo email address.

"Bruce Chambers" <> wrote in message
| You've posted to Usenet using your real email address.  By doing so,
| you've advertised to every spammer in the world that you want spam.
|      While it's not possible to completely eliminate spam (unsolicited
| commercial email), there are some precautions and steps you can take to
| minimize it's impact:
| 1)  Never, ever post your real email address to publicly accessible
| forums or newsgroups, such as this one.  For years now, spammers have
| been using software utilities to scan such places to harvest email
| addresses.  It's a simple matter to disguise your posted email address
| so that these software "bots" can't obtain anything useful.  For
| example, insert some obviously bogus characters or words into your reply
| address, for example: ""
| 2)  Never, ever reply to any spam you receive, even to "unsubscribe" or
| "remove" yourself from the spammers' address lists; you'll only compound
| the problem.  If spammers had any intention of honoring the your desire
| not to receive spam, they wouldn't have become spammers in the first
| place.  When you reply to a spammer, all you're doing is confirming that
| he/she has a valid, marketable email address.
| 3)  Be especially leery of any offers from websites for free software,
| services, information, etc, that require your email address, or that
| require your email address so you can "login" to access the offered
| service and/or information.  Many such sites are supplementing their
| income by collecting addresses to sell to the spammers.  For instance,
| subscribing to CNN.COM's Breaking News Service will garner you a lot of
| additional spam.  (Of course, not all such sites have under-handed
| motives; it's a judgment call.  If the offer seems "too good to be
| true," it's most likely a scam.)
| 4)  DO forward any and all spam, with complete headers, to the
| originating ISP with a complaint.  Not all ISPs will make an effort to
| shut down the spammers, but many will.  One tool that makes forwarding
| such complaints fairly simple is SpamCop (
| 4)  Another useful tool is MailWasher (  This
| utility allows you to preview your email before downloading it from the
| server.  Spammers can even be blacklisted, so that any future emails
| from them will be automatically deleted from the server.
| 5)  Within Outlook Express, add any spammers to your Blocked Senders
| list, so the their messages are automatically deleted from the server
| without being downloaded to your PC.
| -- 
| Bruce Chambers
| Help us help you:
| You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having
| both at once. - RAH

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