Thank you for your posting. I recently wrote an article called, "Seven ways to a Spam Free Life." Here is a brief from the article. I hope this helps.
1) Make sure your Internet Service Provider (ISP) has a spam policy. Your ISP
is an important line of defense in the battle against spam. Ask your ISP about
what policies and procedures they have in place to combat spam.
? Do they filter spam? This is a must for any ISP.
? Do they host Web sites that are known to advertise using spam
("spamvertise")? If so, find a new ISP that doesn't host spamvertisers.
? Are they proactive? Spammers constantly change their techniques and
your ISP needs to stay aware of these changes. Find out how they guard
against these sneaky techniques.
2) Don't open or reply to spam. When scrolling through e-mail messages, avoid
opening and/or replying to spam. Opening or answering any spam tells
spammers your account is active, ultimately resulting in more spam.
3) Don't "unsubscribe" to spam. Many spam-related e-mails contain an
"unsubscribe option." You would think that responding to this option should be
enough to remove your name and e-mail address from future mailings and
advertisements; however, spammers often use this mechanism to confirm that
your account is active, thereby resulting in more spam.
4) Report spammers. This is an easy and effective way to reduce spam. Once you
suspect you're a victim, contact your local ISP and forward them a copy of the
spam. Most ISPs can take the necessary measures to "blacklist" the message
sender. If your ISP is ineffective, you can take other steps to report spammers,
including contacting any one of the following non-profit organizations that
generate and maintain spam "blacklists:"
? SpamHaus Project (www.spamhaus.org)
? Spamcon Foundation (www.spamcon.org)
? Privacy (www.privacy.org)
? Junkbusters (www.junkbusters.com)
? TRAC (Telecommunications Research and Action Center)
? CAUCE (Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial e-mail)
? Fight Spam on the Internet (www.spam.abuse.net)
5) Use a disposable e-mail address. Create an e-mail address specifically
designed for online purchases, subscriptions and discussions forums. Never use
your primary e-mail address. Establishing a disposable e-mail address can be
done through your ISP, an e-mail provider, or through a variety of companies that
exclusively cater to disposable e-mail addresses, including:
? SpamMotel (www.spammotel.com)
? SpamGourmet (www.spamgourmet.com)
? Spamex (www.spamex.com)
6) Invest in a solid anti-spam program or service. Depending on your individual
and/or company needs, the cost and benefits of an anti-spam program or service
will vary. Regardless of the method you choose, ensure that your program or
service includes the following:
? Blacklisting: Lists Web sites and e-mail addresses from which you do not
wish to receive e-mail.
? White listing: In contrast to blacklist, this list provides Web sites and email
addresses from which you do wish to receive e-mail.
? Attribute/Policy Filtering: This is a list of certain criteria that spam e-mail
contains such as specific subject lines, keywords, coding etc. Your
program or service also will use this list of criteria to filter spam.
7) Know your rights. As much as we hate it, spam is legal in the U.S. However,
Congress, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and individual states across the
country are taking steps to control the amount of spam received. Recent
? Anti-spam legislation (many argue it has been ineffective).
? A proposed bill in Congress would require companies to provide a valid
return address on e-mail, so that consumers can legitimately request to
be removed from mailing lists without being subject to more spam.
? Greater FTC responsibility in fighting spam, including selectively cracking
down on bogus business promotions.
To learn more about laws pertaining to spam, visit www.spamlaws.com -- an educational
resource containing a compilation of national and international laws concerning spam.
If you think you've been the victim of e-mail fraud, contact the FTC at firstname.lastname@example.org.