Article Index

1. Introduction

2. Spamming and Hacking Defined

3. Defending Your Computer

4. Antivirus Programs

5. Firewall Programs

6. Avoiding Spammers and Hackers

7. Reporting Internet Crooks to Law Enforcement Agencies

8. Getting Illegal Spammers and Hackers Kicked Off the Internet

9. Finding a Spammer's ISP

10. Finding a Hacker's ISP

11. How to find the ISP for a specific IP address

12. Composing our Email Complaint

13. Article Conclusion









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Fighting Back Against Email Spammers, Internet Hackers, and other Web Thieves

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Reporting Internet Crooks to Law Enforcement Agencies

This part of our article is designed to help you fight back against illegal spammers and hackers.

First of all, if you have dreams of "laying your hands" on a hacker or spammer, you might as well forget them.
The illegal spammer or hacker relies on secrecy, falsehood, and other trickery to conceal their real identity. The likelihood that a law enforcement agency or Internet Service Provider (ISP) would reveal a spammer or hacker's name to you is probably very slim without legal action.

You might now be thinking that there isn't much you can do to stop a spammer or hacker without knowing their name. However, the reality of the situation is that there are many things that you can do to directly or indirectly make a spammer or hacker have a "very bad day".

Types of Illegal Spam

Before we discuss the types of things that you can do to combat illegal spammers and hackers, I would first like to subdivide illegal spam and hacking into three categories:

1. Attempts to steal from you by scamming or other falsehoods. This is the most common type of illegal spam and it is mostly an annoyance, as it is typically so ridiculous most people would just laugh at it.
This type of illegal spam includes email topics like; "Have a new head of hair in a week", "Get rich in one day", "Lose 50 pounds by sleeping", "New viagra invented", and "We have 200 million dollars and want to share it with you".
Of course, if you've been "had" by one of these schemes, you don't think they are very funny and you should complain about them to law enforcement agencies. Otherwise, this type of spam should be blocked or deleted.

2. Phishing attempts (also sometimes referred to as spear fishing). Phishing is the process of presenting to the email recipient a fake web page that looks very much like the real thing. These types of emails are usually pretend Banks, Ebays, or Paypal web sites. They will typically have some urgent message to try to get you to log into their fake web page such as, "Your account balance is low", "Please confirm your password", "Please log in to update your account", etc.
These are all what are known as phishing attempts and should never be opened. If you feel compelled to check out your account then go online like you always do and check it.

Never, never, never, click on links in emails to check any of your accounts. Use the regular links you have saved or use a well known search engine to get the address.
If you clink on the fake link and put in your account information, ... you will be robbed.

2. Attempts to commit other more serious crimes against you or your family.
This would include threats against you or your family, attempts to seduce or endanger children, identity theft, credit card theft, frauds, and other types of crimes.
These crimes should be immediately reported to law enforcement agencies.

What you do to fight back against illegal spammers and hackers depends on the nature of the spam you receive, how threatening you think it is, and how much time you are willing to spend complaining and tracking down the originator.

Reporting Illegal Spam and Hack Attempts to Law Enforcement Agencies

Report threats, harassment, frauds, and other crimes to law enforcement agencies. If you believe a spammer or hacker is trying to commit a crime against you or your family then complain to law enforcement officials. You can complain to local police, state agencies, and federal agencies.

Online complaints can also be made to the following agencies.

1. Follow state procedures for reporting illegal spam or hack attempts. There are currently 38 states that have laws regulating unsolicited bulk email (UBE). You should become familiar with your state's laws and determine if there are any designated state agencies that you can report the spam to.
If your state doesn't have a UBE law, you can still report illegal spam to your state's attorney general.

2. Complain to the FTC. The Federal Trade Commission has an online consumer complaint form which you can use to report spam. They amass the spam in a law enforcement database and track down major illegal spammers. They do not resolve individual complaints.
If you want to complain to the FTC, I suggest you just forward your spam to them at Spam@UCE.GOV and save yourself the time of filling out the form.

Note: You can forward any type of spam to the FTC as they keep a spam database for law enforcement purposes.

You can also complain to the FTC about identity theft and about problems with foreign companies. Again, they will add your complaint to the database, however they do not respond to individual complaints.

3. Complain to the FBI. The FBI has a FBI Tips and Public Leads online form which you can use to report scams, frauds, suspicious activity, or other types of crime.

4. Complain to the Internet Fraud Complaint Center. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (ICCC) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).
ICCC accepts on-line Internet fraud complaints from either the person who believes they were defrauded or from a third party to the complaint.

Next we will discuss what to do about the less serious "everyday" type spam that all of us receive on a daily basis.

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