While LTIS has several screening methods in place,
it is difficult to keep ahead of the spammers. Letting them know
about suspected SPAM email will help. LTIS does not allow email
that is not addressed to you. Sometimes it looks like it is not
your address, the sender can mask this by sending a Blind Carbon
Copy. LTIS also will not allow mail from sites that are known offenders.
This sometimes causes problems for our customers to get email that
they really want, but until more effective ways are available LTIS
will continue to screen this way.
You can also take action in your own mailbox by screening
for SPAM. Your email client (ie. Outlook Express) can be programmed
to filter out SPAM. You can set your filter to block messages that
contain a subject line that contains all CAPS, $ signs, # signs,
! signs, and words like "X-priority", "unsubscribe", "adv", "bulk
mail", authenticated sender" or "make money fast". You can also
put names of senders into a block mode, but you will probably never
receive mail from the same party again. Some free email clients
such as Hotmail, Yahoo and Earthlink have programs included that
block SPAM. Unfortunately they may also block email that you really
Important tips so that you do not make the problem
1) Never buy anything from a spam offer. That would
only encourage them, as well as make you an easy mark for much more
spam in the future. If no one ever bought anything from a spam offer,
the problem would go away on its own. More importantly, reputable
companies rarely send out unsolicited mail, so the vast majority
of the spam you get is from unscrupulous individuals that aim to
take advantage of you.
2) Never reply in any way. Dont reply to be
taken off their list, and dont go to any links that they provide
for you to supposedly unsubscribe. If you do, you are actually telling
them that your email address is an active one. The only exception
is if you know and trust the organization, and are confident that
they are a reputable company that will honor your request to be
removed from their list.
3) If you enter a lot of contests, or register for
coupons or gifts, you may be registering for more spam. You should
check the reputation of any company that you give personal information
to, even if it is just your email address. Also, read their privacy
policies carefully. Look for those hidden check boxes that say you
agree to receive email from their partners. They are usually pre-checked,
and they are hard to find for a reason. In general, the more things
you sign up for on-line, the more spam you will get over time.
4) If you list your email address in places such as
Web based discussion groups, message boards, or Usenet Newsgroups,
you will get more spam. Similarly, if your email address is listed
as a point of contact on a Web page or elsewhere on the Internet,
that will increase your spam. Spammers have programs that "harvest,"
email addresses from Web Pages, Newsgroups, and other public areas
on the Internet.
5) Consider keeping your main email address as private
and "unlisted" as possible, and get a second mailbox for
your public email presence. Give your private address to friends
only. You would use your public address for registering
with Web sites, or for posting on Newsgroups and message
boards. You can check your public account a few times a month to
make sure there is nothing in there that you really need. You will
be surprised at the amount of spam that starts to pile up in there,
and will be thankful that it is not filling up your main mailbox.
If the amount of spam to your public address gets to be too much,
you can change the login name to something else.
6) Consider using disposable email addresses. Several
companies offer email addresses that you can use specifically for
fighting spam. One benefit of a disposable address over a second
public email address is that the disposable address is configures
to forward to your normal email account. This way you only have
to check email in one place. This is particularly helpful if there
is email from that source that you do want to receive, such as a
newsletter or email list. You should use a different disposable
address every time you register for something that requires your
email address, or on every message board or Newsgroup on which you
post. If you start getting spam delivered to one of your disposable
addresses, you can easily turn off that specific address (along
with any spam sent to that address). Not only that, you will be
able to see from what source the spammer got your address. Two organizations
that provide up to 500 disposable addresses for a small fee are
and SpamEx (http://www.spamex.com).
SpamCon also provides up to three disposable addresses for free.