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    Thumbs up Maybe This Will Help Fight Spam
    I just had an idea..
    since I just got bombarded with about fifty e-mails.

    I looked at this page here:
    https://rn.ftc.gov/pls/dod/wsolcq$.s..._ORG_CODE=PU01

    I was just seeing if there was anything I could do.
    They say that you can forward the SPAM messages straight to:
    SPAM@UCE.GOV instead of filling out the form.

    So I set up a rule in OUTLOOK to forward any messages with certain keywords in the subject or body of the e-mail to that e-mail address.

    So if I get 100 e-mails a day with common words used in these types of mass mailings, then so does the FTC. Almost every single spam message I recieve will be sent to them as a report. Especially if I keep adding to the keywords list daily. Heh heh.. accept if the message is sent to me from someone in my contacts list.. then they just go to the inbox as usual.

    So basically if anyone sends me SPAM - it goes here - SPAM@UCE.GOV

    I know this is not a CURE - but if the FTC get all the messages I GET at least I will be reporting them in some way or another - not just deleting them.

    LOL come on spammers!


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    Maybe I should do that with the 10,000+ I'm getting a day. Wonder if it would get the FTC off their butts.

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    I'm sure they get millions a day at that address.
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    Ms. B,
    If they got every single one of those e-mails forwarded to them by every single webmaster here. They would either have to shut down that e-mail addy or do something about it. I have already forwarded over 100 e-mails with the keywords "VIAGRA" - "CIALIS" - "PRESCRIPTIONS" - "DRUGS" - "MALE ENHANCEMENT" and others I am about to add.

    I have only had it set up this way for a couple of hours!
    The e-mails seem to be forwarding just fine..
    We'll see what happens..?


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    MichaelColey - let's make it 10 million more!
    Who knows maybe that would be the magic number they are waiting for.
    It has to be an issue with "millions" before they would probably even consider messing with it. If every one that could get this accomplished would do it, who knows maybe they would find another guy sending 10 million e-mails a day, and put him in prison for nine years. Maybe in five years time spammers just stopped because everyone was instantly forwarding their spam to the FTC..
    I think it is at least worth a shot.. better than doing nothing.

    Once I set up the RULE IN OUTLOOK the e-mails just get forwarded and then sent to the RECYCLE BIN.. very little effort to have it do it automatically..

    But for the time being it makes me feel better any way..

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    Actually this is a disservice. They do look for trends and investigate, the FTC is probably the only govt agency out there right now fighting for users on the internet.

    But with everyone just blindly sending them every email, you will overwhelm their service and make it useless. Better to grab a few of the worst offenders, and send it with a detailed message explaining you have no relation etc with that company.

    Chet

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    Plus, make sure your filters don't get too stringent, or else you may end up forwarding a perfectly legitimate email. More than once, I've had to fish a merchant email back from the "deleted" folder because it had the wrong keyword in it (I get a lot of spams for that infomercial-type stuff, which I block...and I have a few merchants who sell the same kind of thing). You wouldn't want to report a perfectly fine merchant for spam!
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    Good points..
    BUT I am only using keywords to filter like:
    CIALIS - VIAGRA and for the most part PRESCRIPTION DRUG SPAM
    That is what makes up 99% of the spam I get.

    It will not forward a message from someone in my contacts list.

    So far I have ONLY SENT LEGITIMATE SPAM MESSAGES...

    I don't know anyone that would send me an e-mail titled:
    Buy your Vi@gra Online
    or
    Get Discount Prescription Drugs - Ci@lis - Viagra..

    If I did know someone they would be in MY CONTACTS list so the messages wouldn't get forwarded no matter if the keyword is there or not.
    How can this be a disservice..? That is what that e-mail was set up for?
    QUOTE:
    "If you have a specific complaint about unsolicited commercial e-mail (spam), use the form below. You can forward spam directly to the Commission at SPAM@UCE.GOV without using the complaint form."


    Any thing is better than just deleting them and doing NOTHING.. watching the amount GROW everyday doesn't HELP anything at all..

    ALL I KNOW FOR SURE IS::
    I looked in my SENT ITEMS and all messages that were forwarded were PRECSRIPTION DRUG SPAM....

    So that RULE IN OUTLOOK STAYS WHERE IT IS.. unless it becomes a problem in some way..



    LEADER - are you using OUTLOOK? if so there is an option to not only use keywords BUT KEEP ALL emails sent from anyone in your contacts list regardless of the keywords in your keywords filter..

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    I've got Outlook Express--haven't seen that option there (it may be well-hidden somewhere, though)...
    There is no knowledge that is not power. ~Hemingway

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    I just sent the link to most of my family. May as well make sure more people know about this one.

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    Well $Bill Bill Gates is the most spammed person on earth. Needless to say one thing influencing his instant decision to buy www.giantcompany.com was to not only get their Anti-Spyware program for Microsoft, but also get their Anti-Spam program that really whacks the perps sending junk e-mails to Outlook and Outlook Express. Look for some help coming to those MS Office and IE e-mail programs in a free Beta soon.
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    Microsoft teams up with the FTC to get Can-Spam results....

    "Spammer’s Invitation to Date Lonely Housewives Halted by Court at FTC’s Request

    An operation that spammed millions of consumers with graphic sexual descriptions to drive traffic to their Web sites to “date lonely housewives” has been halted by the court at the request of the Federal Trade Commission. U.S. District Court Judge Amy St. Eve has ordered a temporary halt to the spamming and has frozen the assets of the outfit, pending a hearing on the FTC’s request for a preliminary and permanent injunction for violations of federal law.

    The FTC alleges that the “date lonely wife” spam typically contains short messages or a picture and a hyperlink promoting the “lonely wives” service. The agency charges that the spam violates nearly every provision of the CAN-SPAM Act. It contains misleading headers and deceptive subject lines. It does not contain a link to allow consumers to opt out of receiving future spam, does not contain a valid postal address, and does not contain the disclosure, required by law, that it is sexually explicit. It also includes sexual materials in the initially viewable area of the e-mail, in violation of the FTC’s Adult Labeling Rule. The FTC has asked the court to permanently bar the illegal spam and to order the operation to give up its ill-gotten gains.

    In papers filed with the court, the FTC alleges that the operators control more than 180 Web sites that claim to be registered to people around the world. The defendants use an offshore payment processor on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean, have foreign bank accounts to collect spam proceeds, and use a Cyprus-based company name and address to front the operation. According to the FTC, they route their spam messages through other people’s computers, falsify contact e-mail addresses, and obscure tools that would allow a recipient to stop or complain about the spam. The FTC alleges that the operation is actually U.S.-based and that the defendants are trying to conceal their identities from U.S. law enforcers.

    The FTC complaint names Cleverlink Trading Limited, Real World Media, LLC and their principles, Brian D. Muir, Jesse Goldberg, and Caleb Wolf Wickman. The defendants are based in California.

    The FTC complaint was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, in Chicago.

    This case was brought with the valuable assistance of the Microsoft Corporation."
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    China just signed on to join the US and UK anti-spam consortium to try and weed out East Asian and Chinese spammers. Wonder if the penality there is immediate death by firing squad??
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