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Who’s There? Joe Bates <[email protected]> points out an important element to the aggravation that is spam.

Maybe I’m missing some essential point here. In all of the discussions of spamming, the legislative and administrative solutions available or proposed, it seems that it all comes back to one point: all email messages should have a legitimate email return address attached to them. Knowing the true point of origin allows the recipient, the ISPs in the sending chain, and anyone else who cares, to be able to backtrack to find the source of the message sent. The only legislation needed is a regulation or law that makes it illegal to spoof the originating address and specifies a fine for each message sent with a false address.

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