1. We strongly recommend that you do not reply in any way to unwanted E-mail. If the return address is valid, which it is very often not, replying to it usually only lets the sender know that yours is a valid E-mail address and that you read the mail. They may remove you from their list but often sell your e-mail address to other spammers.
  2. You can report the UCE to the sender's domain.Forward the entire E-mail, with full headers, to the domain's abuse department. In most cases, the address to report the offender is abuse@sendersdomain.com. To forward with full headers using:
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    Outlook Express 5.0:

    Highlight the message. Click on File | Properties. Click on the Details Tab. Click on the Message Source button. Right click inside the message. Left click on Select All Right click inside the message again. Left click on Copy. Open a new Message. Right click on the body of the message. Left click on paste. Enter Fwd: in the subject line. Copy the Subject line of the that you are forwarding. Paste that into the subject line of the new E-mail after the Fwd:. Enter the address and send the E-mail.


    Netscape Communicator 4.x

    Highlight the message you want to forward. Click on View | Headers | All. Click on forward. Fill in the Address. Send the e-mail.



    Open the E-mail Message. Click on the Blah Blah Blah icon so it is depressed. Click on the Forward icon or Message | Forward. Fill in the address. Send the mail.

  4. Set up E-mail filters to filter out the UCE. In most cases, this will not prevent you from receiving it, but you can automate the process of deleting it before you see it. Here is how you can filter spam using crumb@spammer.com as an example.
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    From your E-mail Inbox or the list of messages in a newsgroup, select the message from crumb@spammer.com. Click on Message | Block Sender. You will get a message "crumb@spammer.com has been added to your blocked senders list..." You can click Yes to delete the message right now or No if you want to keep it to report it.

    If you want to change this to block the whole domain: Click the Tools | Message Rules | Blocked Senders Highlight the Sender and click on Edit. Remove the crumb@ from in front of crumb@spammer.com Click OK and OK to close the window.

    You can also set up Message rules to block messages with certain words or phrases in the body or subject. Let's block all messages that say "Make Money Fast" or "Internet Spy" in the subject line, for example. Again, you need to be very careful what you put in here, so that you don't filter out messages that you do want to receive. Click on Tools | Message Rules | Mail. Put a check in the box next to "Where the subject contains specific words in field #1. Put a check next to "Delete it" in field #2. Click on the "contains" link in field #3. Enter the "Make Money Fast" in the upper field. Click on Add. Enter "Internet Spy" the upper field clicking Add again. When you have the list you want to filter click OK. In field #4 enter a name for the filter. Something like Delete by subject line. Click OK. This will send anything that has the Make Money Fast or Spy in the subject line to the deleted folder.

    For more information on what you can do with the Mail Rules: Click on Help | Contents and Index. Enter "rules" in the keyword field. Highlight one of the subjects and click Display.



    Netscape Communicator 4.x

    In the Netscape Messenger window: Click on Edit | Message Filters. Click on New. Enter in a name for the filter. Use the drop down menus to choose: Which part of the E-mail you want to use to filter. The criteria you want to use to filter. What you want to filter. What you want done with the filtered E-mail.

    There are several different ways to go about the filters

    1. You can set them so that they send everything that is *not* addressed to you specifically. Set it so that it reads: "The 'to' of the message 'isn't' Your E-mail address.

    2. If you want to delete everything from a certain domain (spammer.com for example), set it so it reads "the 'sender' of the message 'contains' 'spammer.com'

    3. You can set it to filter out key words or phrases like "Make money Fast" in either the subject of the body of the message. (Be careful you don't use something that is too general and it filters out something you want.) Set it so that it reads: "the 'subject' of the message 'contains' 'make money fast.'

  6. Then click OK. This should give you the idea. You can also define your filters more by using the More button and setting it to use two different criteria together. Set it to "Match all of the following." For more information about Filters in Communicator: Click on Help | Help Contents, Click on the Index button. Enter "filter" into the Look for: field. Click on one of the subjects listed.


In Eudora:

Click on Tools | Filters. Click on New Leave the check mark in the box next to "Incoming" Change the Dropdown in the header field to From: Leave the Dropdown that says "Contains" just the way it is. Enter either crumb@spammers.com or spammers.com in the field next to "contains". Using just the spammers.com will filter everything from that domain. Using crumb@spammers.com will filter only that one address. Be careful how you enter these. You could end up filtering out someone that you hadn't planned. You can leave the next field at ignore and the second set of fields empty. These can be used to further define your filters. In the "Action" part of the window, set the dropdown to "Transfer to." A button will appear next to the field that says IN. Click on that and change it to Trash. (Or any other folder you may want to transfer the E-mail to). Close the filters window and save the changes. This filter will automatically send the mail into your trash folder to be deleted when your empty the trash.

For more about your filter click on Help | Topics in Eudora. Enter "filter" into the search field. This will bring up a few topics about Eudora's filters.