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Be on the Defensive - Keep Your Eyes Open
The best advice: do not get yourself into a situation in which a "Spammer" might obtain your e-mail address or personal information. A few suggestions: avoid submitting your address to unknown or mysterious companies or web sites. Also, try to keep a low profile on the Internet.
Complain
E-mail the postmaster. For example, "If you receive junk e-mail from someone called stockbroker@polyester.com, you can send a message to the system administrator for the server in question at postmaster@polyester.com" (Death to Spam: a guide to unwanted e-mail). Remember: be polite, the postmaster isn't the one sending out UCE or "Spam." However, if the polite approach does not work, you can forward every UCE or "Spam" message you receive from that address to postmaster. "Most people [including postmasters] do not like to have their mailboxes flooded with a large number of complaints so this should motivate them to do something" (Todd Burgess).
Use Filters
Most e-mail programs allow users to use filters to "screen" their e-mail messages. Filters can be set to detect certain aspects of e-mail addresses or subject line headings. If you notice an UCE or "Spam" pattern in the addresses or subject lines, filter them out. Consult your e-mail software documentation for further information on how to apply filters.
Track the E-mail
Numerous e-mail tracking techniques and programs are available depending on your computer's operating system. A listing of techniques is available at "Fighting E-mail Spammers" by Todd Burgess.

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