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Is this email from MAIN?
There have been increasingly sophisticated attempts by spammers and viruses to send emails that appear to come from MAIN. You may have seen similar phony emails that appear to come from other organizations, with subject lines such as "Ebay security alert: update account" or "Paypal info needs to be updated."
In this case, the emails appear to come from MAIN and may warn you that your email account is being closed or that you have committed some kind of violation. The email may ask you to visit a Web site, open an
attachment, or take some other action. These emails are not coming from MAIN, and should be deleted immediately! The act of sending this kind of imitation email is called "phishing".
How to determine if an email is really from MAIN
Here is some basic information that will help you distinguish phony MAIN emails from legitimate messages in most cases:
Sharing your email address
Other hints and tips about your privacy and security:
Security tips: Do not respond to any junk email (spam)of any kind, even to unsubscribe, because that only confirms that they have gotten a response from an active email account. If you buy something as a response to an email, they then have your financial information.
Filtering Email: As part of our commitment to bring you the best Internet service available, MAIN has partnered with email filtering leader Postini to offer you the latest virus-prevention and anti-spam tools available. Postini has been rated the number one anti-spam product on the market. Its services are private and secure. The junk email and virus protection is an automated process. Nobody has access to your email except you. Nobody will read your email. Your email is not censored, and YOU control the filter settings. You can read more about Postini here.
and strives to protect that privacy. The MAIN Board of Directors, therefore, resolves that mailing lists of MAIN users will not be sold, shared or exchanged (except where required by law)."
If you are still frustrated by untold amounts of spam, there is a governmental agency where you can register a formal complaint. The Federal Trade Commission accepts complaints about unwanted email at UCE@FTC.GOV.
When sending email to this address, it is best to include all the
HEADERS, or routing information, that came with the message. Some
programs, such as Eudora, allow a "Redirect" or "Bounce" of
the message, which will send it on to another address in its entirety.
The most popular email program, Outlook Express, allows you to "Forward
as an attachment" (on the message menu in version 5.5.), which will
achieve the desired effect.
Further information on how to file official complaints, as well as links to tools to help fight SPAM, is available at CAUCE: The Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email or Spam.Abuse.Net.