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What to do if spam comes in?

Let's figure out how the user himself can fight spam, when to contact the site administration, and consider a little about two popular categories of spam emails.

How to deal with spam

If you receive spam emails to your mail or PM, you have several options for solving the problem:

  • send messages to the trash can and forget about them (it is possible if there is little spam and it comes rarely);
  • turn on email filter (there is a chance that some messages you need will end up in the spam folder by mistake);
  • report spam to the resource administration.

The likelihood of detecting and blocking a spammer is low. At the same time, he can always register a new account, the mailings from which will continue, so it makes sense to contact the site administration only in a few cases.

  • Spam comes from someone you know. If you are sure that these mailings have nothing to do with it, ask the administration to temporarily block your account. Try to get in touch with that person to tell him what happened.
  • If you receive messages addressed to a long list of recipients, you are faced with targeted mass mailing. Usually it is sent to a certain group of people who may be potentially interested in it - students registered on the same service, city residents, etc. It is up to the administration to find and block the source of spam. Also, those whose e-mail is in the public domain suffer from mass mailings. In this case, the fight is more difficult: your address is already in the database, from where any spammer can get it.
  • Personal threats in letters should be notified not only to the site administration, but also to the police, especially if they come regularly from different accounts.

It is believed that spam mailings help conduct business and attract the target audience, but in reality, it is more likely the opposite: they cause more annoyance than interest. Of all the spam categories, two are the most common.

Nigerian letters

This is a type of scam in which the victim is persuaded to make an advance payment. Messages usually indicate that someone bequeathed their fortune to the victim, and some amount is required for legal expenses.

Or scammers ask for help in processing large monetary transactions, promising substantial interest. This type of spam originated in Nigeria in the 1980s due to the high unemployment rate in the country. Later, the idea was taken up by scammers from other countries.

Pyramid schemes and network marketing

From these letters you will learn about easy ways to make money with and without investment. All schemes agree that in order to get money you need to involve other people in the system. The more you attract, the more you get.

Most email clients are good at detecting fraudulent emails and suggest enabling filters to automatically send these messages to the trash. But in reality, fighting spammers is complicated by the fact that they often change email addresses, and therefore filtering by address does not give the desired result.

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Author: Jake Pinkman