Using the "Properties" the "from" line or subject
line in the headings I have tried to trace back some of these messages to their
origins. The ones that get under my skin are those that supposedly
originate from *me.* For a time my address was blocked by the Wisconsin
"Road Runner" ISP used by Char Holte. I had to enlist the aid of my own
ISP to get the block removed. In the meantime I used an alternate mailbox
and address. There is a fair amount of spam circulating with my address
attached as "From." I'm powerless to stop it.
The source of these offensive materials always
disappear behind a screen of silence originating somewhere in SE Asia--either in
China or one of the many countries south of there. The tools used to
identify the ISP from which such messages come is hidden when it comes to SE
Asia. On those of American or European origin, it is rather easy to trace
right back to the originating ISP and sometimes to the account which actually
was used for posting or mailing the message.
A note to the webmaster at the ISP from which the
offending material came with an attachment of the message as received, using the
header in the Inbox ("Forward...", then to webmaster@....) often stops the
garbage. One's own ISP is sometimes helpful, sometimes not, as it
also runs into this wall of silence.
Neil Mogensen z 7 western NC
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