Unfortunately spamming is one of the disadvantages of using the Internet and in particular the Newsgroups. If you post to the Newsgroups you will, sooner rather than later, be subjected to spam mail advertising anything from pyramid selling to pornography. There are, however, certain measures that you can take which can reduce the amount of spam mail you receive.
There are programs that you can download that monitor your access and limit certain types of material from getting through, try:
you can also download Cyber patrol from the blueyonder homepages at http://help.blueyonder.co.uk
Some mail clients allow you to set up filters, Outlook has this facility and will block any messages containing chosen keywords.
There are also plenty of online spam trackers that will dissect the spam mail and send abuse reports to the relevant ISPs. One of these is Spamcop, at http://spamcop.net
This is not a service supplied by blueyonder, but can be extremely useful for tracking the source of these messages.
[FAQ maintained by Matt Bloor of blueyonder Technical Support.]
Don’t reply to a SPAM email. It only confirms your email address. Better to throw the message away than rise to the bait.
Report SPAM to the source ISP if possible. Just one advert about holidays reported to MSN Hotmail got the account cancelled in less than 30 minutes.
For balance, the address-munging FAQ should be read in conjunction with the Anti-address-munging FAQ:
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