Basic Internet & E-mail Skills : How to Teach Spammers a Lesson

Basic Internet & E-mail Skills : How to Teach Spammers a Lesson


Your mailbox is so full you can’t determine
the valid messages from the spam messages, you’re so angry you can explode. I’m Chris
Cook from Security Awareness Incorporated, and lets talk about how to teach spammers
a lesson. First of all, there’s no way you’re really going to be able to get to the actual
spammers themselves to teach them a lesson, but what you can do is, make it so that their
messages to you is completely useless and wasted. A lot of times people think if they
respond to E-mail messages, and ask them not to send them anymore, that it’s going to stop,
but that the exact wrong thing to do. If you respond to a spam message, and it is coming
from an actual valid address, they’re going to know that they have a live legitimate person
on the other end, and they’re going to go ahead and send you more, and that makes your
E-mail address even more valuable to them, and the other people they’re going to sell
it to as well. What you want to do is simply ignore their E-mail, just hit delete, end
of story, that’s the fastest and quickest thing to do. If you are responding to the
E-mail message, and it’s not coming from a valid address, it may be coming from a legitimate
address, but it’s not the actual spammers address, they may have spoofed it from somebody
else, in which case you’re going to be annoying another person, a regular person such as yourself.
In a recent case where we saw where they had spoofed a companies E-mail address and all
their outgoing spam messages, if all the hundred of thousands of people that received those,
responded back to the actual company that was spoofed, then that would have brought
their mail server down instantly. Even the undeliverable mail messages that came back
brought their mail server down for an hour or so. So make sure that when the spam messages
come into your mailbox, the easiest and quickest thing to do for you, is going to be the least
frustrating thing as well, is just simply hit that delete key. I’m Chris Cook with Security
Awareness Incorporated.

Danny Hutson

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