Online fraud/scam and spam, help stop it
I received a lovely little email telling me how I have just won a substantial sweepstakes prize from an entity that I could not find in existence anywhere.
I rarely, as in maybe two or three times a year, get any such mail.
I sent my standard reply demanding that my name and email address be deleted from any and all databases whether "owned" or purchased or gathered via what ever means, and be permanently blocked from any further useage.
A response that no such email address, nor any such domain exists.
As there are three e-addresses from three different nations traceable to the offending email, I forwarded the offending email to Italian and Australian and US federal investigative and enforcement agencies.
Should you, and I am assuming that we all get such emails on occasion, receive such emails, please do a brief run down on the offending entities and sending addresses, and report the offenders to the federal authorities in every relevant jurisdiction.
Learn about whois and traceroute and the like, and how to use them.
Also, should you receive such "notifications", NEVER EVER click on the "unsubscribe, delete me from or any other link that is included in your email.....
And, for my fellow paranoidiacs out there..... run an outgoing firewall, that will allow nothing to leave your system HDD and RAM with out your express authorization..... Go online in a sandbox, or even better never go online without doing so using a LiveLinux distro, ever, or, keep all your important person information, passwords, acct numbers, policies, whatever in a separate special content encrypted folder. And always, maintain separate administrator and user accounts, and never go on line (or IMNSHO do anything) using anything other than a user account with seriously limiting permissions.
Personal paranoia is not such a bad thing. Use your favorite search engine to find out how to find who is doing the what, where they are at, and who to and how to report offending parties. Enough people report enough offenders, and maybe, that's just a maybe folks, the volume of spam and scam can be reduced, at least very temporarily anyway....
Constant vigilance and reporting by everyone who gets scam and spam emails is all it takes.... LOL, yep that's all it takes.....