SPAM - What to do?Electronic mail "spamming" refers to the practice of flooding the Internet with an unsolicited electronic mail note addressed to hundreds or thousands of recipients, in an attempt to force the message on people who would not otherwise choose to receive it. It has also been called "junk e-mail". Some definitions of spam indicate that the messages are for the purpose of commercial advertising, which is for the most part true, but not always.
How do spammers get my address?
E-mail spam lists are often created by scanning message boards, stealing Internet mailing lists, or by searching the Web for addresses. Directories are another source of e-mail addresses. The more Internet activity you participate in, the more likely you'll end up in a spam list.
What should I do if I receive "spam"?
- Delete the message
- Do not reply to the spam message.
- Do not unsubscribe, or respond to "instructions to remove me from the mailing list.". It may result in hardening your address onto spam lists, as it serves as a confirmation that your account is active and the mail is being read.
- Report the spam to the Technology Help Desk. See http://www.midwayisd.org/Page/12014 for instructions on forwarding the spam to the firstname.lastname@example.org. We will examine the message headers, and take action if we can determine the source or relay site for the message. We are most interested in reports of e-mail spam that originate from within the District, or that are offensive to you.
- Set up mail filtering rules to automatically delete the mail, or move it to a separate mail folder. Filtering the mail is particularly helpful if you are unlucky enough to receive offensive spam. In most instances, if you do not respond to the mail, it will stop in days, weeks, or up to a few months. Be patient, and it will eventually stop.
Make it stop!!!!
Electronic mail spam is one of the unavoidable pitfalls of being on the Internet. It is almost impossible to prevent, because any user with an e-mail address can "spam" any other valid e-mail address or public electronic forum. The only foolproof prevention is to disconnect from the Internet.