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Internet Corporation Listings Service

We have received several calls about faxes sent from Internet Corporation Listings Service. The faxes appear to be an invoice for search engine listing services. These faxes are scams! The invoice format is designed to capture attention from the recipient, who in turn thinks they must submit payment for the service. The fine print on […]


New anti-spam program worth a try. Most anti-spam programs take the form of add-ons to your normal e-mail program or service. And most rely on filtering, the effort to guess, usually imperfectly, which e-mails you receive are spam and which are legitimate. But I’ve been testing an anti-spam system that takes a better approach. It’s […]

Challenge-Response review

“Completely rids your in-box of spam”? “Eliminate almost all junk e-mail messages”? Those sound like the kind of too-good-to-be-true claims you might expect to see in, say, a new piece of junk e-mail. But several Internet providers are making this pitch in all seriousness. They might even succeed, but not without forcing major changes in […]

Petition Wisconsin Legislature

Petition Wisconsin Legislature Lick A Stamp… Yes… actual paper letters! It takes a little more effort to print a letter and address an envelope. If you’re not sure of who your legislators are, check the Wisconsin State Legislature website look-up services: Who are my state legislators? The letter doesn’t have to be long: Two paragraphs […]

Petition U.S. Congress

Petition U.S. Congress The best way to communicate with your congressman is outlined by CAUCE, The Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email. Please review

File FTC Consumer Complaint

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection provides a form that specifically mentions unsolicited commercial e-mail (spam): “If you have a specific complaint about unsolicited commercial e-mail(spam), use the form below. You can forward spam directly to the Commission at without using the complaint form.” Visit the FTC home page at:

File Internet Fraud Complaint

The Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). IFCC’s mission is to address fraud committed over the Internet. For victims of Internet fraud, IFCC provides a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of a suspected criminal or […]


Some of the more interesting spam scams of recent months trick PayPal customers into divulging personal or financial information by asking them to log into Web site that looks very much like PayPal’s own. They’ve been around for a while but appear to be growing more sophisticated and more convincing of late, Vancouver’s Derek K. […]

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