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I received spam from your site, what should I do?

We never send out spam or unsolicited commercial email.

If you have received a newsletter and no longer wish to recieve it, please use the link at the bottom of the email to unsubscribe, or the unsubscribe form available here.

If you have received anything beyond a newsletter or a response from the message board, the most likely cause is that people are "spoofing" our information for their spam.

Basically, they're sending email from their own servers, but making it look like it comes from here.

If you are experiencing this problem, get the header information from the message (e.g. in Outlook, with the message open, go to View -> Options - the information is listed in a pane at the bottom of the window) - copy and paste the information into a forward of the email and send it to both spam@uce.gov (US government watchdog) and to abuse@<the actual originating host>

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Here is a sample spam header:
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Return-Path: <cchdebbxkc@yahoo.com>
Received: from 70.Red-80-34-123.pooles.rima-tde.net (70.Red-80-34-123.pooles.rima-tde.net [80.34.123.70])
by host1.stephenking.com (8.11.6/8.11.6) with SMTP id j07HppB20784
for <webmaster@stephenking.com>; Fri, 7 Jan 2005 12:51:54 -0500
Received: from 107.32.92.12 by 80.34.123.70; Fri, 07 Jan 2005 16:44:55 -0100
Message-ID: <AMPIYBASMFSSIGZZWDQEWOJS@yahoo.com>
From: "Lacey Beltran" <cchdebbxkc@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: "Lacey Beltran" <cchdebbxkc@yahoo.com>
Subject: the american 2005 doctors & medical directory, anesthesiology.
Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2005 11:51:55 -0600
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
boundary="--8700024879819880212"
X-IP: 18.127.136.146
Status:
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As you can see, although the message says that it is from "cchdebbxkc@yahoo.com", it actually originated from the IP address 80.34.123.70. (Yahoo's IP address is 216.109.112.135)

Because people can both "spoof" the email address and the name of the originating server, the best resource to use to determine the ACTUAL source is available for free at http://www.arin.net - just do a whois lookup (put the IP address in the text field at the top right of the site and click "Search Whois"), you'll have all of the information and you can send the email to the proper regulators.

The internet is (at best) a shady place. The FTC is working to remove spammers violating the new laws, such as spoofing addresses, but the only way they can do their job is if we all do a bit to catch these devious individuals.

I (the webmaster) personally receive over 200 pieces of spam a day on the StephenKing.com server alone!

Click here for the FTC's site.

May I link to your site?

Yes... we've even made some banners that you may use.  You can download the banners here (please do not link directly to the banners, but upload them to your own site).

Will you add a link to my site?

We have a very short list of links and do not generally add links to fan or commercial sites. We are not interested in link exchanges.

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