3. REPORTING SPAM* EMAIL
"Spam" emails are those annoying messages you get about "Make Money Fast", "Send me $5", or "Hot XXX Babes". Stanford has an official mechanism for reporting these messages, so that you don't have to investigate them yourself.
When you receive a spam message, just forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be aware, however, that you need to send the entire message, including the FULL HEADERS. The normal "From" address you see in a spam message isn't always correct because it can be forged easily. The full headers contain information that can help the computer security team track down the real source.
You normally don't see these full headers, but you can get them by following these instructions:
Eudora: Click on the Blah Blah Blah button, before forwarding the message; the headers will be included.
Simeon: Pull down the View menu, and select Full Headers. Highlight everything that appears in the header section and copy it. Then, forward the message and paste the copied header section above the headers that already appear in the forwarded message.
*Derivation of the term "Spam" is available upon request.