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Find Out If An Email Message Is Spam

While some spam e-mails are easy to identify through their bizarre or clearly "spammy" subject lines, others can be a bit more tricky to recognize.  Some spammers have created e-mail addresses and e-mail subject lines with the specific intent of tricking you into opening the e-mail under the belief that it is a personal message.

The problem is that spam e-mails can often contain viruses, spyware, malware, and other unwanted problems - in addition to the fact that they are very annoying and waste your time.  Therefore, you want to be very careful not to open the wrong kind of e-mail.

If you know what you're doing, though, there is a way to make sure that you know whether or not an e-mail is spam without ever having to open it.  The key is to learn more about the sender so that you can identify whether the e-mail is "real" or not.

There are several ways that you can look into potential spam e-mail addresses.  The first is a basic search engine search.  That may or may not call up the address you want.  The second is to use a suspicious e-mail website that provides lists of spam e-mail addresses so that you'll often know ahead of time if an e-mail is only worthy of your recycle bin.

Investigation into the identity of the sender is as easy as entering the e-mail address into the search box and finding out if it has been listed on any of the sites.  You may want to try two or three different sites as they may contain different e-mails in their lists.  These investigations don't take much time at all, but they'll save you a great deal of grief when they stop you from opening potentially hazardous e-mails.

When you do open e-mails only to discover that they're only spam, feel free to visit the spam e-mail list sites and add your newfound knowledge to the registry.  The more people send in the information that they've collected, the more accurate and effective the lists are. 

We all receive spam e-mail at sometime or another - it's up to us to protect ourselves and to help protect one another from the damage and frustration that these messages can cause.

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