Sunday, September 20, 2009

How to Report Spam

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most of us are on autopilot when it comes to how to handle spam - we delete it. Although this may appear to be the simplest - and certainly the most convenient - solution, it will actually cost you a lot more time down the road.

One of the fist steps to take when dealing with spam is to report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Send a copy of the unsolicited email to Your email will then be stored in a database, so that the appropriate measures can be taken to deal with those at the heart of the offense.

You should also send a copy of the email to your Internet service provider (ISP).
When reporting spam email, you will need to have the full header of the email you received.

If your request to be removed from a mailing list was not honored, you should also report to the FTC. Simply fill out the online form located at This will send the site to the FTC's Consumer Sentinel database so that both law enforcement and consumer protection agencies may access it.

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