the person who replied to the question I asked in regards to this problem offered the following advice. The following is from "Martin G"
One possibility is that the spam is being sent to you from your own account. The spammers who do that usually send to everyone in your address book. Changing your password can stop that.
You could have a virus. Scan your computer with a reputable product.
The spam can be from elsewhere with your email address forged. You don't mention getting delivery failures or other responses, so the spam program may be set to automatically forge the recipient as sender for each email. Can you fight back? Yes.
Here are some tools that will help:
Traceroute is available at http://www.opus1.com/www/traceroute.html
ARIN whois on IP
numbers is available at https://ws.arin.net/whois/
How to use them? Well, at those sites, read any available advice on how to interpret what they mean.
You will need to open the email to show complete headers. Different programs have different ways to select this. Sometimes it is called "View Source". In Yahoo, you will find a link "Full Headers" to the bottom right of the message. You need these, because dirtbag spammers can forge addresses, but somewhere in the headers are probably IP
) numbers that will identify their hosting service. They are in four groups of 1-3 digits. There may be more than one. Some may be from the internal network, some will be from the provider used to access the internet, some may be from an addition site (e.g. webmail), some may be forged, and some may or may not be added by your own email service. In general, deeper is usually close to the spammer. If the ones at the top are for your own service provider, look deeper. The headers should have numbers that will enable the host to identify the account that was used.
It's a good idea to open a text editor like Notepad to keep notes when you are working up a spam.
Look up the IP
numbers in the whois of the Regional Internet Registry (RIR). There are five in the world, and the one to use depends on the location of the spammer's host. I usually start with ARIN.
U.S. and Canada https://ws.arin.net/whois/
Asia Pacific http://www.apnic.net/apnic-info/whois_se…
Latin America http://lacnic.net/en/index.html
The spamvertiser is the company for whom the spam was sent. If there is a link in the email, the displayed text may not show it correctly. Right click on the link, and select Copy Shortcut. Paste that into your notes. Find the domain and do traceroute to resolve it to its IP
number, which it should do at the top of the traceroute report. Copy that number to your notes. Do ARIN lookup.
It may be safer to skip the above step (unless you are using linux or a Mac). Sometimes the link will trigger downloads of malware if you left click it.
For example, if I do traceroute on yahoo.com, it shows me IP
number of 22.214.171.124, which ARIN shows is registered to Yahoo. Get the abuse address for the host of the spamvertiser.
You can now forward the spam, with full headers displayed, to the abuse departments. I like to include a note that says something like:
Spam from [ip
number from header] hosted by [registrant of that IP
for spamvertiser [link from coped shortcut] at [ip
number from traceroute] hosted by [registrant of that IP
Some email programs will include the headers when you forward, but Yahoo trims them out. To make this work, with the spammers message open and Full Headers selected, select and copy the headers. Paste into your notes. In your forwarding you can write: "Here are full headers" and copy them from your notes and paste them in above the forwarded body of the spam.
I like to send a Bcc to myself to show that my email, went through, to keep a record of the report, and to see how it is displayed to the recipient.
Please tell me how I should go about doing this, in order to stop the spam emails. In addition, if there is any additional method I should do, please state the additional methods as well.
Thank you for your time, I look foward to hearing a response from the windowsbbs.com team.