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Each computer that spam travels through will add lines to header stating who they are, who mail came from, and where they are sending it. Headers can seem complicated, but in most cases you will be able to at least recognize other ISPs. If your mail is through Yahoo and you see “juno.com” in mix, then you know that you can report spam to Juno.
When reporting spam, you will need to cut and paste full header path into email to give experts opportunity to track down offender. To read an email header, you typically just right click on email and then choose properties, options, or header depending on which email program you are using.
Finally, forward spam to a number of authorities. The first would be spammer’s ISP. If you cannot tell who that may be, send spam to your ISP. Additionally, several websites are available to help you report spam, like spamcop.net.
Second, forward spam to Federal Trade Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org. While they will not take action on your behalf, they will add spam to a database compiled on known UCE (unsolicited commercial email).
If spam is a “419 Scam”, or Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud, fax a copy of email and its headers to United States Secret Service. You will know this spam when you read it – an exiled African leader of some sort needs your help and bank account information. These scams have defrauded many and need to be taken seriously.
Now you may delete spam.
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