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Deep down I’m hoping someone will solve this spamming problem before I have to do anything. It’s already illegal in California and Congress is attempting to pass legislation that would make spammers reveal their own e-mail addresses and allow people to ask to be taken off their lists.

In the meantime, there are a few sites that can be helpful.

This is the Web site of the Coalition Against Unsolicited Email, a consumer-driven site that has brought together all anti-spam forces to battle this scourge.

Spam Cop offers a service where you can report your spam quickly, and obtain information on the spammers to request that they stop sending it your way. They keep a DNS blacklist, which you can use to filter your e-mail. They will also filter your e-mail account for $30 a year.

This site includes helpful advice on identifying spam and setting your e-mail account to block unwanted mail, and will help you to track down the Internet Service Provider the spammer is using to register a complaint. Most ISPs don’t want to be associated with spam, and will take action.

This is also one of the most detailed documents on spam that I could find on the Web, and is an interesting and informative read. Seriously.

The SpamCon Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to stamping out spam. "Unsolicited e-mail (spam) forces unwanted and objectionable materials into our mailboxes, impairs our ability to communicate freely, and costs Internet users billions of dollars annually."

They have information on spam blacklists, best practices to prevent spam, books on spam, and links to the various laws protecting consumers from this kind of direct marketing.

Yet another site dedicated to the cause. This site includes news "from the front lines," which links to stories about spammers getting taken to court, warnings about crooked spams, and advice on how to handle spam problems.

A more complete directory of spam-related Web sites is available at under "Resources."