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I am not sure how a porn site got my address, but I keep emails from people wanting me to add them. Each time I check the grey box that pops up to block the person the message continues to pop up. How can I stop this? I have checked “block this person” but the messages continue. I want this to stop.

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Celeste StewartHow Porn Sites Got Your E-mail Address

Spammers, porn sites included, harvest e-mail addresses a variety of ways. Many send out web spiders that crawl the Internet in search of e-mail addresses posted on Web sites and in forums. That's why you see many people spelling out their e-mail addresses such as "myname at website dot com" instead of "myname@website.com." Spammers also guess. For example, if your e-mail address is joe@hotmail.com, that would be pretty easy for spammers to figure out.  

MSN Spam Filters

MSN has built-in spam filters designed for blocking unwanted e-mail messages. Unfortunately, spam filters don't always catch everything. Plus, blocking individual senders doesn't always work as the spammers use multiple e-mail addresses and aliases. If the messages are coming from one particular domain such as xxx.com, then you can block the entire xxx.com domain which is more effective than blocking individual e-mail addresses. However, spammers are wise to this and use hundreds of variations.

Reporting Spam to MSN

Reporting spam to MSN is a good idea as it flags these types of messages and gives MSN the opportunity to create filters that will block future occurrences. In MSN Hotmail, you do this by highlighting the message and then clicking the Junk button. You'll be prompted with an option to report the message or report and block future messages. Go ahead and choose the report and block option, though you may still receive similar messages from other aliases until MSN addresses this type of spam.

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Using MSN POP3 Mail

Another option is to install a software based e-mail client such as Microsoft Live Mail on your computer and set it up to import your MSN mail. From there, you can use spam filters from third parties or create your own message rules to further filter your e-mail. For example, if you notice that each of these emails uses a common phrase such as "I want to be your special friend," you could set up a message rule in the software that automatically deletes any message containing that exact phrase.

Third Party Spam Filters for MSN

Many third party spam filters are on the market that can filter spam from MSN accounts including SpamCop and McAfee Internet Security Suite. However, like the built-in MSN spam filters, they don't always catch everything.

Other Steps

Don't open any of these emails or click any of their components. If you do not have image blocking set up on your e-mail account, set it up because when images display on e-mail messages, they must be downloaded from a server. When this happens, spammers can confirm that the message was delivered which in turn confirms that your e-mail address is valid.

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