While most of the members here are pretty experienced and savvy about spam, I thought this might be useful information for those who are still fairly new to the internet.
I've been getting some spam at my Yahoo address the last few weeks from someone trying to sell "replicas," "finest replicas," "replica watches," etc. No big deal - they automatically go into my bulk mail folder.
But today I received one that spoofed my ID, which is not an uncommon event for spammers on Yahoo and other free sites. That in and of itself is no big deal either, because the spammer is obviously using an automated system to spoof these usernames, and Yahoo undoubtedly knows this since it happens with a fair amount of regularity and has been for years.
Nonetheless, for two reasons, I think it's a good idea to report this spam (and, in the case of spoofing your ID, fraud) to Yahoo. First, I don't know how Yahoo ultimately handles such spam/spammers, but my concern is that my account might be blocked automatically simply because my ID was spoofed. Second, the more reports Yahoo receives - especially about the same spammer - the better their chances of tracking him or her down.
Here's a link to the page that gives you instructions on how to handle this: "Someone is pretending to be me on Yahoo!. What can I do?
" When filling out the incident form, you'll find that the e-mail's full header is requested. For those not familiar with the process, here are the instructions for finding the full headers in your Yahoo mail: "What are headers, and what are my header viewing options?
If you don't see the referenced "Header link" (annoyingly, the choice is not visible on my account, although it used to be), you can activate full headers by clicking on the Options
link near the top right-hand corner of the page. On the next page, select General Preferences
under the Management category. In the fourth section, Messages, select the Show all headers on incoming messages
radio button, then save
your preferences. When you go back and open the e-mail, you'll now see lots of information where you're used to seeing just From, To, and Subject. That's the full header that you can copy and paste into the incident reporting form. Don't forget to switch your preference back, or you'll see this full header on all your incoming e-mails.
Fill out the rest of the incident report form, submit it, and the rest is in Yahoo's hands.