Hello Jerry, J> I get anywhere from 5 to 15 of these type emails per day - there are some days that I don't get any. J> Do these type emails look familiar to anyone on the list? I can't get the URLs to work to get these removed. Some of them have URLs to click on to get removed [ not this one ] but the ones that J> do - the URLs don't work. A lot of these emails are Porno in nature, some about weight loss, etc. The senders email addy is always different. First, please don't _ever_ click on the "remove me" links. All that happens when you do that is that the spammers then know your address is valid and that there is actually someone reading the mail. That is a guaranteed way to ensure that you get more spam. Most spam looks similar. You would think that if these people were truly serious about advertising their product or service that they would do something to make their advertisements stand out instead of following the same old tired formats. Unfortunately, the same old tired formats actually do work for their purpose, which is to make a fast unearned buck off of the always naive, frequently desperate, people they target. Spammers know full well that out of every hundred thousand emails they send, only a bare handful of orders will come in. Never the less, since sending spam is so cheap, that is all they need to continue operating and send out another million or so spam emails. This is also why people find themselves the targets of spam even if they don't do anything to call attention to themselves. Spammers collect email addresses in a variety of ways, but many spammers just use email generating programs that send out spam to virtually random addresses, most of which are invalid. There are a couple of reasons that the same message comes from multiple addresses, always different. First, many spammers operate on a pyramid type of organization. One spammer recruits two or three others to send out the same spam, and those in turn recruit many more and so on. Second, sending spam always generates complaints to the ISP the spam is sent from and spammers frequently lose their sending privilages as a result. Therefore, spammers use false addresses to send from in order to hide who they really are and help them keep their accounts long enough to send out as many spam messages as possible. Until we have strong anti-spam laws and ways to legally enforce them, we will all continue to receive spam. There are a few things you can do to minimize the spam you receive. First, don't ever reply to a spam message or click on a "remove me" link or send email to a "remove me" address. Second, use a falsified address when posting to any Usenet group. Usenet is a prime source of email addresses for spammers. For example, instead of using jdoe@xxxxxxxxx, which would be the real address, use jdoe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx That way people can still reply to your messages by removing the obvious part of your address, but the spammers will only get an invalid address. This is because spammers don't sit and read messages to get email addresses, they use software called "bots" to collect anything that just looks like an email address. Third, don't put any email address you want to keep spam-free on any web site. Spammers also use "bots" to scan the web for mailto links. Fourth, use an email account you don't care about, such as a free Yahoo or Hotmail address, on any online forms for companies you aren't sure of. It's fairly safe to use your real email address on well-known and professional web sites, but be sure to read their privacy policies and check/uncheck any boxes that give the option to not be sent third-party emails. Other people here probably know more, hopefully someone else will respond on this too. HTH, ROn For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.